Developer asks input of residents – Regional News – Charlotte Observer.com

“I’ve been doing this for seven years, and I’ve never seen it done like this,” said Heth Kendrick, a senior associate landscape architect for Land Design. “ … The developer wants this to be a marriage with the community and find out what folks want.”

SOURCE: CharlotteObserver.comDeveloper asks input of residents – Regional News |

China to have 1,700 km of urban rail lines by 2015 – Xinhua

“Urban rail transportation would play an increasingly important role in public transportation in Chinese cities, said an official.

Fifteen major cities, including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen, have planned the construction of more than 60 urban rail lines recently, Liu Shijin, vice director of Development Research Center of the State Council, said at a forum on urbanization and rail transportation here on Friday.”

SOURCE: XinhuaChina to have 1,700 km of urban rail lines by 2015_

Rooftop garden growing along with costs

“Premier Campbell shows off new Vancouver Convention Centre’s unique rooftop garden Thursday: $883M centre originally budgetted at $495M” – The Province

SOURCE: The Province – Rooftop garden growing along with costs.

West 8 receives Bijhouwer Award

West 8 urban design & landscape architecture will receive the Bijhouwer Award for its exceptional and high quality design and implementation work in the areas of Garden Design and Landscape Architecture. The jury’s report stated that West 8 has been of significant importance to the development of the Dutch Landscape Architectural profession, since the practice was founded in 1987 by Adriaan Geuze.

West 8 has been awarded the prize for its unique contribution to developing the profession of Landscape Architecture. The Jury also recognized the important role West 8 has played in bringing the subject of Landscape Architecture to a comparable level to that of Architecture and Urban Design, within the public eye. In addition the award acknowledges the activities West 8 have contributed to, in the areas of urban development as well as West 8’s understanding, appreciation and protection of the Dutch landscape.

The prize will be awarded on the 7th of November by Eric Luiten, chairman of the foundation of NHBOS. Preceding the presentation of the Bijhouwer Prize a lecture will be given by Andre Dekker, artist of Observatorium Rotterdam.

The Bijhouwer Award is an initiative of the foundation of NHBOS, whose primary objective is to support Dutch Garden Designers and Landscape Architects. The prize, that comes with an award of € 25.000,-, is granted every two years. The primary criteria for spending the prize money is that it has to be spent on projects, activities or events which have a close relation to the work for which the prize was awarded. For more information see: www.nhbos.nl.

SOURCE: West 8 Urban Design & Landscape Architecture / news / West 8 receives Bijhouwer Award.

China’s developers suffer a pig of a year

“Until only a few months ago, property developers in China thought they were at the forefront of one of the great booms of the age, the fastest urbanisation in history.

Even in China, however, where the financial system has been relatively isolated from the global meltdown, a sharp downturn in the property market has caused many companies to rethink their plans.”

SOURCE: FT.com / Home UK / UK – China’s developers suffer a pig of a year.

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