China’s pioneering eco-city of Dongtan stalls – Telegraph

This was supposed to be the site of Dongtan, the world’s first eco-city, a paradise of sustainable living that would house half-a-million people and set an example to the world.

However an investigation by The Sunday Telegraph has revealed that Dongtan is still nothing but a pipe dream.

read more @ the SOURCE: China’s pioneering eco-city of Dongtan stalls – Telegraph.

Landscape increasing in importance in buyer’s eyes

“For more than a decade, as property values soared, luxury condominium developers found creative ways to promote projects. Some touted exclusive addresses and lavish amenities while others enlisted celebrity architects and endorsers to help drum up enthusiasm. Now, as numbers of sales fall in even the most resilient real estate markets, developers are having to work even harder. And many are turning to an area that once received only perfunctory attention: landscape design.

“Today, a buyer is just as likely to ask about the gardens and public spaces at a development project as what kind of kitchen or bath amenities there are,” says Edward Lewis, a London estate agency that specialises in new properties. And in a slowing market, every detail matters.

In New York the backers of Beekman Plaza have listed their landscape architects, Field Operations, in collaboration with Dutch planting expert Piet Oudolf, alongside their star architect, Frank Gehry.

For their part, top architects say working closely with landscape designers from the outset of a project is essential, particularly on large-scale housing developments. “Landscaping used to be one of the weak links in residential condominium design,” says Gisue Hariri, a partner at design firm Hariri & Hariri Architecture.”

Read more @ the SOURCE: FT.com / Home UK / UK – Wrapped in green.

Holcim Awards 2008 North America

The winners of the second North American Holcim Awards competition for Sustainable Construction projects were announced at a ceremony in Montreal. Total prize money of USD 270,000 was presented to nine projects from Canada and the United States that showcase the latest approaches to address critical topics including housing affordability, employment, renewable energy, and water efficiency.

Holcim Awards Gold 2008
Solar 2 Green Energy, Arts and Education Center, New York, USA
    Main author: Christopher J. Collins, Excecutive Director, Solar One Green Energy, Arts and Education Center,   
    New York, USA

Holcim Awards Silver 2008
Self-contained day labor station, San Francisco, USA
    Main author: Liz Ogbu, designer, San Francisco, USA

Holcim Awards Bronze 2008
Living with Lakes Center for freshwater restoration and research, Sudbury, Canada
    Main author: John Gunn, scientist, Laurentian University, Sudbury, Canada

Holcim Awards Acknowledgement prizes 2008
Evergreen Brick Works heritage site revitalization, Toronto, Canada
    Main author: David Stonehouse, urban planner, Evergreen, Toronto, Canada
Minimal-impact North Vancouver Outdoor School, Canada
    Authors: Ron Kato, Larry McFarland, Craig Duffield, Larry McFarland Architects, Vancouver, Canada
Strategy for environmentally-friendly integration of beehives, Detroit, USA
    Authors: St├ęphane Orsolini, Erika Mayr, Berlin, Germany

Holcim Awards “Next Generation” 1st prize 2008
Microstructure research for building skins, Cambridge, USA
    Authors: Neri Oxman, John Hart, architects, MIT, Cambridge, USA

Holcim Awards “Next Generation” 2nd prize 2008
Residential density for urban spaces, Toronto, Canada
    Authors: Chenglong Wang, Lingchen Liu, architects, Beijing, China

Holcim Awards “Next Generation” 3rd prize 2008
Responsive urban downtown activity center, Boston, USA
    Author: Andrew Edward Lantz, student, Harvard GSD, Cambridge, USA

SOURCE: Holcim Awards 2008 North America.

Progressive development key to planning

“To achieve the vision of Hong Kong as Asia’s world city, the Government will focus on three broad areas in working out the future blueprint of Hong Kong – improving a quality living environment, enhancing economic competitiveness, and strengthening links with the Mainland, Secretary for Development Carrie Lam says”

read more @ the SOURCE: news.gov.hk – Progressive development key to planning.

Choked by unrealistic messages – Haaretz – Israel News

“Last month, the Tolerance Park and Monument was dedicated atop the Armon Hanatziv ridge along the Goldman Promenade in Jerusalem. Its main attraction is an impressive 15-meter bronze sculpture, the handiwork of Polish sculptor Czeslaw Dzwigaj.”

read more @ the SOURCE: Haaretz – Israel NewsChoked by unrealistic messages

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