Park to commemorate Paralympics launched – Malaysia

TheStar.com.my reports

A 4.9ha park to commemorate the Paralympic Games has been set up in Bukit Jalil with the planting of 2,000 trees. Each tree will represent a medal up for grabs at the 5th Asean Paralympics to be hosted by Malaysia from Aug 15 to 19……..

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Limitless drops Karachi Waterfront development

Parag Deulgaonkar of Emirates Business 24/7 reports

Limitless, the global master-development arm of Dubai World, has dropped the plan to go ahead with the Karachi Waterfront, a multibillion-dollar project in Pakistan, and is currently reviewing its project stream in light of the world economic crisis, a company spokesperson said.

SOURCE: Emirates Business 24/7 – Limitless drops Karachi Waterfront development

A sustainable park grows in Allston – The Boston Globe

A sustainable park grows in Allston – The Boston Globe

Harvard University planners, Boston redevelopment officials, and a Cambridge landscape design firm are working together to reincarnate the 1.74-acre space, behind the Honan-Allston branch of the public library, into a “sustainable’’ park……

Michael Van Valkenburgh, head of the landscape architecture firm [Michael Van Vlakenburgh Associates] designing the park, said Library Park’s green features won’t be obvious to most people.

SOURCE: The Boston Globe – A sustainable park grows in Allston

Urban Footpaths Find Support – Moscow Times

Moscow Times reports

Look at Moscow from the air and you’ll see a network of little muddy tracks, skipping over metal railings and concrete barriers, and ignoring the official, paved paths.

Urban planning student Fyodor Novikov said he never really noticed them until he came back from a year studying in the United States…….“The whole reason for the existence of those small paths is that people don’t know how to draw paths,” Novikov said.

SOURCE: Moscow Times – Urban Footpaths Find Support

SWA Group Wins Master Plan Assignment for Mexico’s University of Monterrey Including Site-Design for Tadao Ando Building

SWA Group has won a design competition to provide master planning and landscape architecture improving sustainability for the 247-acre (100-hectare) campus of the University of Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico. The assignment includes a phase-one implementation of site design for the Art and Design School Building under construction by noted architect Tadao Ando, the 1995 winner of the Pritzker Prize.

SWA’s assignment for the University of Monterrey (UDEM), Mexico’s premier institution of higher education, will help transform the campus from a vehicular orientation to one that encourages pedestrian, bicycle and transit use. The master plan will also incorporate greater sustainability by use of indigenous plant materials, natural water-retention and filtration, low maintenance landscaping as well as site-design strategies to enhance the learning and collaboration among students and faculty.

Tadao Ando’s structure, called the Gate of Creation, is a $34.5 million project encompassing 94,000 square feet (8,719 square meters), with spaces for design, research, teaching and exhibition, as well as 22 laboratories and workshops. According to the university, the building will help it establish Mexico and Latin America as a leader in the education of art, architecture and design.

“The landscape architecture and site design effort for UDEM is both a challenge and an honor that we are thrilled to be undertaking,” said Rene Bihan, SWA’s San Francisco-based managing principal overseeing the design team. “We will be working with the architect and the university to provide a proper landscape backdrop to what is considered one of the most significant architectural buildings in all of Latin America, while also helping the university move its campus to a higher level of sustainability.”

SOURCE: Businesswire

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