Sands Macau – finance needed and possible job losses

Various news agencies (AFP, Reuters) are reporting that the Sands Macau may be forced to layoff 9000–11000 workers as work is suspended on the its several projects in Macau as they look for financing of 1.2–2.0 billion USD to restart the work on the sites.

For more information read the SOURCE: International Herald TribuneLas Vegas Sands to fire up to 11,000 Macau workers

Enhancing HK’s cityscape

Landscape architecture – a profession that focuses on the shaping of outdoor space and improves the interaction between people and the environment – has become indispensable to public works in recent years as there is a growing demand for a green cityscape.

About 50 landscape architects are now serving various Government departments to provide landscape designs, which are aesthetically satisfying, ecologically sound and functional.

Read more @ the SOURCE: – Enhancing HK’s cityscape.

Transport key to cities’ growth: minister reports that “The quality of urban transport matters greatly to a city’s character, its liveability, and whether it can continue to sustain itself and grow, said Transport Minister Raymond Lim yesterday.

‘Today, about half of the world’s population already lives in cities,’ he said, adding that a UN report forecasts that this would rise to 70% in the next 40 years.”

SOURCE: Asiaone motoring – Transport key to cities’ growth: minister.

Atlanta a poor choice for real estate investing, report says | reports that “the construction activity in Buckhead is “goofy.”

That description comes not from a disgruntled neighbor but the Urban Land Institute, a national organization of developers, many of whom are in Atlanta.

Buckhead absorbs less than 500,000 square feet of office space annually, but more than 2 million square feet is under construction, the report said.

ULI presented its annual Emerging Trends in Real Estate Report on Tuesday and once again Atlanta is portrayed as overbuilt and not a particularly attractive place to invest.”

SOURCE: – Atlanta a poor choice for real estate investing, report says |

Hanoi flooding a construction lesson: official – Thanh Nien Daily

Hanoi authorities and urban planners often “ignore the infrastructure factor when approving the city’s urban projects” and floods due to heavy rains are the consequence.

The argument was made by Ngo Trung Hai, deputy head of the Institute for Urban and Rural Zoning under the Ministry of Construction.

SOURCE: Vietnam latest news – Thanh Nien Daily.

Re-imagining Cities: The Way Forward

Metropolis Magazine reports that “Part of the agenda at the Re-imagining Cities conference was to create a manifesto for urban design curriculum moving forward. To spark the conversation, a panel was held on Saturday morning titled “An Agenda for Urban Design Education.”

read more @ the SOURCE: Metropolis POV » Re-imagining Cities: The Way Forward.

Developer asks input of residents – Regional News – Charlotte

“I’ve been doing this for seven years, and I’ve never seen it done like this,” said Heth Kendrick, a senior associate landscape architect for Land Design. “ … The developer wants this to be a marriage with the community and find out what folks want.”

SOURCE: CharlotteObserver.comDeveloper asks input of residents – Regional News |

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