Christopher Hawthorne of L.A. Times looks at “Amid a period in which bolder has meant bigger, the economic slowdown could help push architects to imagine, identify and define new paths.”
Looking at the current financial crisis and how architecture could benefit in the long term.
SOURCE: Los Angeles Times – Architecture can focus on L.A.’s shared spaces
Emirates Business 24/7 reports that “Abu Dhabi plans to create a second city centre to accommodate a projected threefold growth in population.
“We are creating the Capital City District, with a population of 350,000 to 380,000 residents,” Falah Al Ahbabi, General Manager of the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council told Bloomberg. “It will form a second centre for Abu Dhabi, located on the mainland in the area that has been known up to now as Khalifa C.”
read more @ the SOURCE: Emirates Business 24/7 – Abu Dhabi plans a second city centre.
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao on Sunday called for more cooperation between Asian and European nations to promote sustainable development.
Wen made the remarks when addressing the behind-the-door meeting of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) to discuss issues concerning the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDG), climate change, energy security and social harmony.
read more @ the SOURCE: Xinhua – China calls for Asia-Europe co-op to promote sustainable development
Virna Bussadori, president of the European Council of Spatial Planners, told The Irish Times that “green land shouldn’t be used for building houses everywhere” and the Government should be doing more to protect these areas.
read more @ the SOURCE: The Irish Times – Top European planner ‘astonished’ by rural housing sprawl
The Indian corporate conglomerate, Tata, says it is ready to provide water services in this vast country and also prove that privatisation does not have to involve expensive foreign consultants and providers.
“The poor are readily paying nearly Rs 300 (six dollars) per month for a cable TV connection, but paying for water needs a mindset change,’’ said Pronita Chakrabarti Agrawal.
read more @ the SOURCE: ipsnews.net – INDIA : Water Privatisation – ‘No Need For Costly Consultants’.
New & Old – Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard, Smithsonian Institution, USA by Foster + Partners
Office – Duoc Corporate Building, Chile by Sabbagh Arquitectos
Pleasure – Sheep Stable, Netherlands by 70F Architecture
Production – BMW Welt – Event, Exhibition and Automobile Delivery Center, Germany by Coop Himmelb(l)au
Religion & Contemplation – Dornbusch Church, Germany by Meixner Schlüter Wendt Architekten
Sport – Sports Hall Bale, Croatia by 3LHD Architects
Shopping – K:fem, Sweden by Wingårdh Arkitektkontor AB
Private Houses – Final Wooden House, Japan by Sou Fujimoto Architects
Transport – Nordpark Cable Railway, Austria by Zaha Hadid Architects
Along with the eight category winners from yesterday, these nine projects will re-present to the super-jury tomorrow, competing for World Building of the Year.
read more @ the SOURCE: World Architecture Festival – Barcelona 22-24 October 2008.