French firm wins design contest for new HCMC urban area

VietNamNet
Bridge – A French firm has won the top prize for “unique architectural ideas” to develop three landmark areas in the proposed Thu Thiem New Urban Area in Ho Chi Minh City.

Deso Company was followed by Hagel Company (Switzerland) and Edaw Company (Hong Kong) in second and third places for designs to develop the center square, a riverside park, and a bridge over the Sai Gon River to District 7.

SOURCE: VietNamNet – French firm wins design contest for new HCMC urban area.

Landscape Institute Annual Conference – Housing, Land Use and Community

Landscape Institute Conferences
Housing, Land Use & Community
London 9 & 10 October 2008
Regent’s College

The government has made a commitment to building three million new homes by 2020; the challenge of climate change and the demands on land for the provision of food, energy supply, leisure and housing are all at the top of the public agenda.

The Landscape Institute’s Annual Conference addresses the key issues facing landscape architects, planners, architects and policy makers.

REGISTER @ Lanscape Institute

SOURCE: Landscape Institute Conferences – Housing, Land Use and Community.

Three Olympic venues could be dropped

Three 2012 Olympic Games venues could be ditched after the government ordered accountancy firm KPMG to carry out a ‘top-level’ review as to whether they give ‘value for money’

SOURCE: Architects Journal.co.uk – Three Olympic venues could be dropped.

Decline and Fall

Hong Kong now places far greater importance on greening the urban landscape and caring for landmark trees. Indeed, the collapsed century-old coral tree in Stanley that killed Chong Chung-yin, 19, was among the best tended in the city and was inspected as recently as last week. But landscape consultants and environmentalists reckon the tragedy stems partly from the government’s lack of a comprehensive tree management policy….

read more @ the SOURCE: SCMP.com – the online edition of South China Morning Post, Hong Kong’s premier English-language newspaper.

Murase designs 945-foot tower for Oklahoma City

Murase Associates will soon change the landscape of Oklahoma with its design of a 945-foot tower in downtown Oklahoma City.

Read more @ the SOURCE: Daily Journal of Commerce.

HOK Sport has not tackled Olympic stadium problems, says Cabe – Building Design

Cabe has strongly criticised HOK Sport for failing to address concerns about the London 2012 main stadium design.

Cabe also raised concerns over the lack of integration of the Olympic venues in the wider landscape, calling for a “park-wide attitude” to create a holistic strategy.

Read more @ the SOURCE: Building Design(bdonline.co.uk): HOK Sport has not tackled Olympic stadium problems, says Cabe

Wastewater often used in urban agriculture: study

Wastewater is widely used to irrigate urban agricultural land in developing countries, a practice that has both advantages and disadvantages, a 53-city study presented at a water conference in Stockholm showed Monday.

SOURCE: Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan – Wastewater often used in urban agriculture: study.

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