Dallas to build first sustainable square block in the United States –

Examiner.com reports

“Looking to transform downtown Dallas into a community where people can both work and live, the City of Dallas now has decided to build what will be the first sustainable inner-city square block in the United States.

The new city square block will stretch across the street from City Hall transforming an underused parking lot to a sustainable city block as well as a public green space.

The international design competition is hosted by San Francisco based Urban Re:Vision and will start in January 2009. The winning design will be announced on May 27, 2009”

Read the full article @ the [SOURCE: Dallas Environmental Policy Examiner: Dallas to build first sustainable square block in the United States].

Edinburgh’s docks plans revealed – CNPLUS.co.uk

CNPLUS.co.uk reports “International waterfront development expert RTKL has created the masterplan for Edinburgh Harbour. The plan covers the first two urban villages at Leith Docks.”

[SOURCE: Edinburgh’s docks plans revealed].

Hangzhou Shangri-la to get shorter

In a period when the tallest buildlings are going up such as the Shanghai Tower and Burj Dubai it is comforting to see a city that has the initiative to protect its character and urban fabric.

Hangzhou is requiring that buildings that surround the beautiful West Lake should be made less than 24 metres(78.7ft). The Shangri-La hotel on the edge of the Lake will be made to reduce its building.

read more @ the SOURCE: The Guardian – Chinese city to trim tall buildings

West-side ‘superblock’ plans unveiled – baltimoresun.com

Balitmore Sun reports

“One plan for the long-delayed revitalization of the “superblock,” a crucial piece of Baltimore’s west-side renewal effort, got its first airing before a city design panel today showing a 28-story, T-shaped apartment tower, a 120-room boutique hotel with a restaurant and small and medium size stores.”

[SOURCE: baltimoresun.comWest-side 'superblock' plans unveiled]

SWA Group Project Awarded Prestigious 2008 Urban Land Institute Global Award for Excellence

SWA Group project, Beijing Finance Street, was selected as one of five winning developments in the Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) Global Awards for Excellence competition, widely recognized as the land use industry’s most prestigious recognition program. SWA projects have been honored with four ULI Awards for Excellence in the past three years (previous winning projects include Victoria Gardens, Hangzhou Hubin Redevelopment and Luohu Station). Earlier this year, Beijing Finance Street won the Business Week/Architectural Record China Award.

SOURCE: SWA

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