Lisbon developers waiting for buildings to be condemned

The Portugal Resident reports that “HUNDREDS OF Lisbon city centre buildings are standing empty because owners don’t have the money to do them up.

Despite being granted planning permission for improvements and change of use, many 19th and early 20th century buildings remain in a dilapidated and rundown state because the owners believe it is cheaper to wait until they have to be torn down and sell the land on to developers….”

Read more @ the SOURCE: The Online Resident – online edition of The Resident – Algarve and Lisbon Edition – News, information and classifieds.

China Central Television Headquarters façade completed

Beijing, 6 August 2008 – The final panels of the glass facade of OMA’s CCTV building have been installed, marking a crucial stage in the construction of the new TV station for China’s national broadcaster, designed by Rem Koolhaas and Ole Scheeren.

SOURCE: OMA – China Central Television Headquarters façade completed.

Uncontrolled outdoor advertising floods Ukrainian capital

Caught in a blizzard of outdoor advertising, Kyiv seems to have turned into a slick commercial capital. But while some find the advertising blitzkrieg alluring and profitable, others are desperately trying to cut through the clutter.

Read more @ the SOURCE: Kyiv Post – Uncontrolled outdoor advertising floods Ukrainian capital.

New entrance at Vale do Lobo

JARDIM VISTA, led by Richard Westcott, has recently landscaped a new entrance at one of the Algarve’s most prestigious tourist resorts – Vale do Lobo.

Read more @ the SOURCE: Euro Weekly News – New entrance at Vale do Lobo

Proposed safety guidelines could lead to serious loss of trees, warns Landscape Institute President

Proposed new guidelines could lead to people chopping down or not planting new trees, the Landscape Institute warned.

President Neil Williamson called on the British Standards Institution (BSI) to change their plans for guidance on tree safety and criticised proposals for failing to properly balance the risks and benefits of trees and failing to differentiate between private householders and larger landowners or public bodies

SOURCE: Landscape Institute – Proposed safety guidelines could lead to serious loss of trees, warns Landscape Institute President.

Going native right for Aotea Square, claims landscape architect

A native planting theme makes a nice, simple statement for Aotea Square, says landscape architect Rod Barnett.

Mr Barnett, part of the team that has come up with a proposed $25 million makeover of Aotea Square, yesterday hit back at criticism over the loss of flower beds and exotic trees.

Read more @ the SOURCE: Going native right for Aotea Square, claims landscaper – 06 Aug 2008 – NZ Herald: New Zealand National news.

Eco-towns: a design for life – Times Online

Eco-towns: a design for life
They could be the answer to our housing and carbon-footprint problems, so why are people opposed to new towns?

SOURCE: Eco-towns: a design for life – Times Online.

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