Sydney Morning Herald reports that “SYDNEY will be reinvented as a high-density metropolis serviced by mass-transit subways under a transport blueprint being developed by senior state and federal government bureaucrats.
Powerful new legislation underpinning a proposed metro network costing $13 billion will enable transport and planning officials to reshape the inner suburbs of Sydney, paving the way for apartment towers as high as 15 storeys as well as large-scale retail and office blocks.”
read the full article @ the [SOURCE smh.com.au – Get ready: high-rise suburbs coming]
The GCC governments are planning to combat the effects of the global recession this year by ramping up public sector construction spending.
From Qatar to Saudi Arabia, governments are increasingly beginning to play a bigger role in projects.
[SOURCE: ArabianBusiness.com – GCC to ward off crisis through public spend – Construction & Industry ]
XPRESS4me.com reports “…..XPRESS tally, based on unofficial estimates of job losses in Dubai since November 2008, showed thousands of job cuts, including the 3,370 announced by companies as of December 28.”
[SOURCE: Xpress: News | Sacking galore: Situation grim on job front].
Jakarta Post writes “The city administration has allocated Rp 24.5 billion (US$2.2 million) this year to spruce up BMW Park (Clean, Humane and Dignified) in Tanjung Priok, North Jakarta.”
[SOURCE: The Jakarta Post – BMW Park gets Rp 4b for design, assessment]
Daniela Morell writes in Metropolis POV
“I recently went to the end-of-semester review for Pratt’s urban-design studio, Central Brooklyn: A Model Net-Zero Carbon District. Led by the professors Viren Brahmbhatt and Meta Brunzema (a runner-up in Metropolis’s Next Generation competition), students attempted to find serious urban-design solutions to issues surrounding climate change.”
read the full article @ the [SOURCE: Metropolis POV » Central Brooklyn Design Review].
“Before the City Council held its final meeting of the year Dec. 16, the council’s legislative and environmental committee convened at City Hall to discuss the city’s bid to shift responsibility for street tree maintenance to homeowners, a measure intended to save $189,000 annually and, council members said, to maintain Stockton’s street trees better.”
[SOURCE: Recordnet.com: City looks for ways to trim tree costs].
“A towering cylinder holds rainwater on reserve, which feeds into a pond to irrigate a re-created desert ecosystem.
It is here, at the University of Arizona’s School of Architecture, where students use innovative building materials to adapt to a change in environmental awareness.”
SOURCE: AZSTARNET.COM – UA course offerings are increasingly green – www.azstarnet.com
Editor – UA offer Landscape Architecture courses