In a period when the tallest buildlings are going up such as the Shanghai Tower and Burj Dubai it is comforting to see a city that has the initiative to protect its character and urban fabric.
Hangzhou is requiring that buildings that surround the beautiful West Lake should be made less than 24 metres(78.7ft). The Shangri-La hotel on the edge of the Lake will be made to reduce its building.
read more @ the SOURCE: The Guardian – Chinese city to trim tall buildings
Balitmore Sun reports
“One plan for the long-delayed revitalization of the “superblock,” a crucial piece of Baltimore’s west-side renewal effort, got its first airing before a city design panel today showing a 28-story, T-shaped apartment tower, a 120-room boutique hotel with a restaurant and small and medium size stores.”
[SOURCE: baltimoresun.com – West-side ‘superblock’ plans unveiled]
“AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands, Dec 11, 2008 – Beginning in June 2009, a major new European cultural destination, the greatly expanded Hermitage Amsterdam, will welcome visitors to its elegantly restored 17th-century building in the historic heart of Amsterdam. Renovated at a cost of some 40 million Euros (approximately $50 million), the building has been redesigned as a series of light-filled galleries by Dutch architects Hans van Heeswijk and Merkx + Girod.”
[SOURCE: MarketWatch – A New Cultural Center for Europe, Hermitage Amsterdam, to Open in June 2009]
SWA Group project, Beijing Finance Street, was selected as one of five winning developments in the Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) Global Awards for Excellence competition, widely recognized as the land use industry’s most prestigious recognition program. SWA projects have been honored with four ULI Awards for Excellence in the past three years (previous winning projects include Victoria Gardens, Hangzhou Hubin Redevelopment and Luohu Station). Earlier this year, Beijing Finance Street won the Business Week/Architectural Record China Award.