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

The £700m Quay to the future – Scotsman.com News

Scotsman reports

“A MARINA, five hotels, hundreds of flats and a new home for The Royal Yacht Britannia all feature in the latest plans for the regeneration of Leith Docks.
Forth Ports has today released the first detailed plans of a £700 million scheme, which will herald the largest expansion of Edinburgh for hundreds of years.”

[SOURCE: Scotsman.com News – The £700m Quay to the future]

Urban densification: Creating space to live – CNN.com

CNN.com talks to Jonathan D. Solomon, Assistant Professor of Architecture at Hong Kong University about a concept known as “urban densification”

read CNN interview @ the [SOURCE: CNN.com – Urban densification: Creating space to live]

 


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