Projects worth $800bn under way in the UAE – Emirates Business 24/7

Emirates Business 24/7 reports today that

“Despite caution over future projects, $800 billion (Dh2.9 trillion) of projects are currently under construction in the UAE, according to a survey by Proleads, the research partner of The Big 5.

Though the analysis covers all industries, civil construction developments continue to dominate projects under way topped by Jumeirah Gardens, Dubailand, Palm Deira, Yas Island, and White Bay Umm Al Quwain.”

[SOURCE: Emirates Business 24/7 – Projects worth $800bn under way in the UAE].

Martha Schwartz Partners to undertake landscape design and public realm for pioneering educational discovery centre in Damascus

Martha Schwartz Partners Ltd has won an international design competition to provide the public realm and landscape design for Massar Children’s Discovery Centre and public park in Damascus, Syria.

[SOURCE: AMEinfo.com – Martha Schwartz Partners to undertake landscape design and public realm for pioneering educational discovery centre in Damascus | Martha Schwartz].

Infrastructure development in Middle East expected to slow – Propertywire.com

Propertywire.com is reporting “Falling oil prices could seriously affect construction projects in the Middle East with a review of infrastructure spending likely.”

[SOURCE: Propertywire.com (subscription) Infrastructure development in Middle East expected to slow]

Cultural Landscape Exhibition – Landslide 2008

Cultural Landscapes often never get the praise that architecture receives, often looked at as no more than a garden. People often lack the understanding and knowledge of landscape architecture and its impact on day to day lives through creating liveable spaces that often hold more cultural significance as bare witness to numerous events in a landscapes history. However, due to the lack of understanding of cultural landscape architecture and its importance as a design profession; designs often loose their lusture as they are tweaked, modified, modernised or oblieterated from the urban fabric.

This leads us to the inspiring article that Kathryn Shattuck from the New York Times wrote on The Cultural Landscape Foundation and the

“….president of the foundation, based in Washington, Mr. Birnbaum, 47, is an advocate not only for historic landscapes, created or natural, but also for the visionaries who have shaped them.”

Mr Birnbaum in the article also summarises the Foundation’s roll as

“…..to begin to get people to recognize that the American landscape is in fact a cultural institution worthy of celebration,”

Shattuck also quotes Tom Fox of SWA Group as stating that Mr Birnbaum is

“….like a little Johnny Appleseed for the design professional and landscape architect,” said Tom Fox, a principal with SWA Group, a planning and landscape design firm in Sausalito, Calif. “He’s spreading the word.”

The main interest of the article is promoting the Photography Exhibition @ George Eastman House in Rochester New York from November 19 to January 4, 2009

read more of this great article by Kathryn Shattuck @ New York Times – Art – Saving Those Landscapes, in Pictures at Least, at the Cultural Landscape Foundation’s Show at the Eastman House –

 

 

 

ULI Launches Global City Index Report: London, NY are still world leaders

According to Urban Landscape Institute Global City Index, London and New York still rank among the world’s most successful cities, but face increasing competition from other global cities, according to an analysis of 30 major global indices and other data prepared by the Urban Land Institute, a global research and education institute dedicated to responsible land use. The report, entitled ‘City Success: What do the global indices tell us?’ was released today at ULI’s London New York Dialogue Conference in London.

The report subdivides the indices into four key clusters that illustrate the core strengths and weaknesses of cities:

1. Global Economic ReachLondon and New York are recognised as joint world leaders, followed by Paris, Tokyo and Chicago

2. Quality of Life – Identifies Copenhagen as a world leader followed jointly by Vancouver, Vienna and Zurich.

3. Image and AttractivenessParis tops the rankings followed by London, with Sydney, Vancouver, Venice and Vienna in joint third place

4. Investment and FiscalNew York and Paris share first place followed by London

[SOURCE: The Urban Land Institute]

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