Cityscape rings up sales worth Dh20bn – Emirates Business 24/7

Property development giants dismantled their stands at the end of an international real estate show in Abu Dhabi yesterday after netting more than Dh20 billion and revealing major projects for potential investors.

Despite a surge in property prices because of strong demand and soaring construction costs, real estate has remained the most profitable sector in the UAE, while developers were surprised at the rush by potential buyers from the UAE and other countries.

Exhibitors at the four-day Cityscape Abu Dhabi described the rush at the sprawling Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre as a stampede and some had to cordon off their stands and recruit scores of security men to restore discipline. Besides property companies, banks benefited from the show as hundreds of clients were seen queuing at their stands for mortgage loans.

SOURCE: Emirates Business 24/7 – Cityscape rings up sales worth Dh20bn.

Penn Announces New Architecture Dean – Architectural Record

The University of Pennsylvania plans to announce today that Marilyn Jordan Taylor, FAIA, a long-time partner at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, will be the new dean of its School of Design.

Taylor, a pioneering female architect widely respected for her leadership in complex urban projects and civic initiatives, joined SOM 35 years ago. She was elected partner in 1985 and in 2001 became the firm’s first female chairman.

Her appointment at PennDesign takes effect October 1, 2008.

SOURCE:Architectural Record – Penn Announces New Architecture Dean

Royal Architectural Institute of Canada – 2008 National Urban Design Awards

Urban design and architectural excellence play an important role in maintaining and enhancing the quality of life in Canadian cities.

Conceptual/Theoretical Urban Design Plans
Le Campus Outremont (Montreal, QC)
Lead Firms: Groupe Cardinal Hardy in collaboration with Provencher Roy + Associés architectes. Full credits.

Urban Architecture
Canada’s National Ballet School / Project Grand Jeté: Stage 1 Jarvis Street Campus and Radio City (Toronto, ON)
Lead Firms: Goldsmith Borgal & Company Limited; Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architect, Goldsmith Borgal & Company Limited, architectes en consortium; architects Alliance; Urban Strategies. Full credits.

Civic Design Projects
Corktown Footbridge (Ottawa, ON)
Lead Firm: Du Toit Allsopp Hillier / Du Toit Architects Limited Full credits.

Urban Fragments
Making the Edible Campus (Montreal, QC)
Lead Firms: Minimum Cost Housing Group, McGill University School of Architecture. Full credits.

Special Jury Awards:
Sustainable Development
Lower Don Lands (Toronto, ON)
Lead Firm: Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc. Full credits

Special Jury Awards:
Small or Medium Community Urban Design Award
University of Ontario Institute of Technology (Oshawa, ON)
Lead Firm: Diamond and Schmitt Architects. Full credits.

Student Awards:
iCITY: Public Space v2.0 (Calgary, AB)
Allison Wood, University of Calgary. Full credits.

SOURCE: RAIC – 2008 National Urban Design Awards.

Up on the roof garden – Telegraph.co.uk

Only a few years ago, anyone who suggested growing plants on a roof might have been dismissed as a complete crank. Not any more.

Sedum on roof
The Botanical Roof Garden, Augustenborg, Sweden

Green roofs have started to appear on new buildings up and down the country with remarkable speed. Most feature a thin layer of the amazingly resilient hardy succulent plant, the sedum. Several different kinds are used, with leaves in a variety of different colours: yellow, green, red and bronze.

Grass and turf roofs are still not that common in this country. It’s a different story in Scandinavia, which has a long tradition of using turf, not least because it makes perfect practical sense: the layer of soil and grass insulates against cold winter weather, and protects the roof from wind damage.

Read more @ the SOURCE: Telegraph.co.uk Up on the roof garden – .

2008 Olympic Landscape Sculpture Designs Contest Launched

Today the BOCOG launched the rules for the design of the Landscape Sculptures Designs for the Bijing Olympics.

Refer the to the official BOCOG webpage for the Rules and Conditions

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