This ancient capital city, long known for the architectural splendor of its centuries-old palaces and temples, is getting a new look that could have been plucked from science fiction.
A series of landmarks, notable for their futuristic design, will greet visitors to the Olympics. They include an Olympic stadium that looks like a giant bird’s nest, a swimming venue literally built of bubbles and a pair of black office towers that lean toward each other at a 10-degree angle.
SOURCE: International Herald Tribune – Beijing boasts stunning new buildings
The latest IFLA World Congress is about to start today in the Netherlands with over 350 delegates attending.
The theme for this Congress is Transforming with Water. This 45th IFLA World Congress will be held in the Netherlands in conjunction with the Apeldoorn Landscape Architecture Triennale(100 days event which started on June 11) which hosts various other cutting-edge landscape events, such as the European Summer School, A Wider View on Cultural Landscape Challenges in Europe, the Conference Landscape and Leisure, and various exhibitions on garden history and landscape architecture.
Key note speeches will be given by Adriaan Geuze(West 8), Anne Whiston Spirn(MIT), Herbert Dreiseitl(Atelier Dreiseitl Waterscapes)
World’s two fastest growing economies China and India will continue to witness boom in the real estate segments in smaller cities as both countries are expected to record strong growth in residential demand in the coming years, says a report.
SOURCE: The Economic Times – Real estate boom to continue in smaller cities
“Throughout our history, we have grown on the assumption that energy costs would be low,” said Michael Woo, a former Los Angeles city councilman and a current member of the city Planning Commission. “Now that those assumptions are shifting, it changes assumptions about housing, cars and how cities grow.”
Push prices up fast enough, he said, and “it would be the urban-planning equivalent of an earthquake.”
SOURCE: Los Angeles Times – Envisioning a world of $200-a-barrel oil