Focus on medium-priced housing, says property consultancy – Thanh Nien Daily

Property company CB Richard Ellis Vietnam Thursday urged developers to shift the focus to smaller and more affordable apartments, saying end users are expected to make up the largest ratio of buyers this year.

“For now, speculators have left the market,” Nguyen Thai Nguyen, a deputy director at the Ho Chi Minh City-based unit of CB Richard Ellis Group Inc, said.

Read more @ the SOURCE: Vietnam latest news – Thanh Nien Daily.

Planning should ‘steer away from cars’ – The Dominion Post

We should be thinking about re-organising our cities, suburbs, and the way we live, to become less dependent on the car, an architect says.

To facilitate this, the vast sums currently spent on roads, water and drainage should instead be used to redevelop towns and cities so people can live more sustainably, Johann Bernhardt says.

Read more @ the SOURCE: Planning should ‘steer away from cars’ – Greenzone – environmental news – The Dominion Post.

Building a Greener America

Forget the common icons of global warming. Fuming tailpipes and industrial smokestacks, it turns out, are less culpable for climate change than a set of offenders hidden in plain sight: buildings.

Read more @ the SOURCE: Business Week – Building a Greener America.

Zhang Xin and Pan Shiyi: Beijing’s It-couple – Times Online

Zhang Xin and Pan Shiyi are the It-couple of Beijing: property tycoons who made a fortune at dizzying speed – and whose futuristic designs are reshaping their city.

The article gives a more human side to the developers rather than just money and square metres

SOURCE: Zhang Xin and Pan Shiyi: Beijing’s It-couple – Times Online.

Sasaki and Olympic Green – LA TIMES

Christopher Hawthorne wrote an interesting article about the Olympic Architecture and was interesting to read about his conversation with Sasaki about the Beijng Olympic Green as follows:

“I was put through to Dennis Pieprz, the president of the firm, who oversaw its work on the Green. After I asked him whether he would be in the capital during my visit and available to give me a tour of the results, there was a long pause.

“Well, I haven’t been to Beijing in quite some time,” he finally said, explaining that Olympic officials had taken over and modified the Sasaki plan so extensively that the firm now basically disavows the final product.

And there it was, plain as day on the firm’s website, when I went back to check: “Sasaki had no involvement in the design and implementation of the final landscape for the Beijing Olympics.”

So much for signature Olympic architecture. This is something closer to the reverse: A firm anxious to scrub its name from the official record before the Games get underway.”

SOURCE: Los Angeles Times – Chinese architects the winners in Games – .

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