Oakland firm wins $2.1 million contract to study waterfront design – Inside Bay Area

Inside the Bay Area reports that “Oakland took the next step in defining the future of its central waterfront Wednesday by awarding a $2.1 million contract to………………..the Oakland firm, Community Design + Architecture, the contract to prepare a so-called specific plan and environmental impact report for the central estuary. The area encompasses 428 acres situated between 19th and 54th avenues below Interstate 880.”

SOURCE: Oakland firm wins $2.1 million contract to study waterfront design – Inside Bay Area.

Students design out terror threat

BBC News reports that “Architecture and urban planning students in Bristol are being trained in how to reduce the impact of terrorism in the buildings they design.

Students will take part in a session involving a simulated terrorist attack in a busy city centre environment.”

read more @ the SOURCE: BBC NEWS | UK | England | Bristol/Somerset | Students design out terror threat.

Sands Macau – finance needed and possible job losses

Various news agencies (AFP, Reuters) are reporting that the Sands Macau may be forced to layoff 9000–11000 workers as work is suspended on the its several projects in Macau as they look for financing of 1.2–2.0 billion USD to restart the work on the sites.

For more information read the SOURCE: International Herald TribuneLas Vegas Sands to fire up to 11,000 Macau workers

Enhancing HK’s cityscape

Landscape architecture – a profession that focuses on the shaping of outdoor space and improves the interaction between people and the environment – has become indispensable to public works in recent years as there is a growing demand for a green cityscape.

About 50 landscape architects are now serving various Government departments to provide landscape designs, which are aesthetically satisfying, ecologically sound and functional.

Read more @ the SOURCE: news.com.hk – Enhancing HK’s cityscape.

Transport key to cities’ growth: minister

Asiaone.com reports that “The quality of urban transport matters greatly to a city’s character, its liveability, and whether it can continue to sustain itself and grow, said Transport Minister Raymond Lim yesterday.

‘Today, about half of the world’s population already lives in cities,’ he said, adding that a UN report forecasts that this would rise to 70% in the next 40 years.”

SOURCE: Asiaone motoring – Transport key to cities’ growth: minister.

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