Building costs a headache for Asia investors

Property investors in Asia are worried that soaring construction costs are squeezing profit margins, and see little respite as a Chinese iron ore supply deal this week signals more steel price hikes.

SOURCE: Reuters –  Building costs a headache for Asia investors |

Singapore official: Asian cities can harmonize economic growth and environment

With good management, Asian cities can sustain economic growth and provide a even higher standard of living for their population, said Singapore’s Senior Minister of State for National Development Grace Fu here Wednesday.

Speaking at an event of the World Cities Summit which is held here from Tuesday, she said a key common challenge facing cities in Asia is to pursue economic growth while ensuring environmental and social sustainability.

While economic growth can bring more wealth and resource to cities, she pointed out that the distribution of wealth may be uneven, “economic growth can also widen the income disparity among the population and stress the social fabric that underpins economic and social stability.”

SOURCE: Xinhua – Singapore official: Asian cities can harmonize economic growth and environment_

World’s first rotating skyscraper unveiled in Dubai – Telegraph

The 80-storey “Dynamic Tower,” will be a shifting skyscraper of luxury apartments on spinning floors, which will be attached to a central column.

Plans for the project were unveiled in New York by Italian architect David Fisher, who said: “This building will have endless different shapes”.

SOURCE: Telegraph.co.uk – World’s first rotating skyscraper unveiled in Dubai –

NYC Gets a Green Roof Kickstart – GreenerBuildings.com

New York City building owners who install vegetation on at least half of their rooftop space may receive up to $100,000 in a one-time property tax credit.

Bill A.11226 passed the state legislature Tuesday, paving the way for building owners to be compensated about $4.50 per square foot of green roof space, or about a quarter of the cost typically associated with a green roof’s materials, labor, installation and design.

A proliferation of green roofs could save America’s most populous city millions of dollars in energy cooling and stormwater management costs, as well as jumpstart the creation of green collar jobs, say proponents of the bil

SOURCE: GreenerBuildings – NYC Gets a Green Roof Kickstart

Shanghai to have China’s tallest building – Dragon to dwarf the city’s skyline – Shanghai Daily

CHINA’S tallest building, to be built in Shanghai, will look like a coiled dragon, according to its designer. The 580-meter-high Shanghai Center will top the city’s skyline.

The US firm Gensler and the Shanghai-based Architectural Design & Research Institute of Tongji University. A dozen overseas and domestic firms offered designs for the building from April 2005 but Gensler’s “Dragon” finally defeated the “Bamboo Shoot” from Britain’s Foster & Partners.

SOURCE: Shanghai Daily – Dragon to dwarf the city’s skyline —

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