Scottish Architecture reports “Russian energy giant Gazprom has pledged to fund the 396m-high RMJM-designed Okhta Centre tower in St Petersburg after the city government suspended its contribution to the project.
Read more at the SOURCE: Scottish Architecture – Gazprom pledges to fully fund RMJM’s St Petersburg tower
Allison Arieff in her blog for the New York Times writes “For a long time now I’ve been obsessed with suburban and exurban master-planned communities and how to make them better. But as the economy and the mortgage crisis just seem to get worse, and gas prices continue to plunge, the issues around housing have changed dramatically. The problem now isn’t really how to better design homes and communities, but rather what are we going to do with all the homes and communities we’re left with.”
Read the full article @ the SOURCE: [NYTimes.com – What Will Save the Suburbs? - Allison Arieff Blog]
Shanghai Daily reports “Wu Zhiqiang, the chief planner of Expo Shanghai, is an ardent fan who sees both sides of the emerging city, which is just as well as the decisions he has made will have a major bearing on how it is perceived long into the future.
“Shanghai is an adult with a juvenile skeleton,” said Wu, who leads the College of Architecture and Urban Planning of Tongji University.”
Read the full article @ the [SOURCE: Shanghai Daily Planner sets up future Shanghai]
The New York Times has reported on the Sustainable Sites report in the Home & Garden section. Although some of us may loathe that it is in the “Home & Garden” section, I feel that its great that the mainstream media is giving some coverage to something that we will need to understand, use and educate clients on in the near future.
Remember that public comments are accepted until January 20 so get writing and maybe setup a “Sustainable Sites” meeting or group in your office so that your firm can have a dialogue and discussion about the report.
The article gives good coverage to the report and its contents with a summary of points. Read the full article @ the SOURCE: NYTimes.com – In the Garden – Pushing for Sustainable Landscapes
Prominent Dallas civic leaders Deedie and Rusty Rose have donated $1 million to the School of Architecture at The University of Texas at Austin to fund two endowments in urban planning.
[SOURCE: The University of Texas at Austin – School of Architecture Receives $1 Million to Tackle Urbanization Challenges]