Macau looks into different resort types

Macua is looking into developing resorts with a difference, currently most of the resorts in Macau cater mainly for gamblers with the numerous casinos opening up over the last 5 years.

The change in direction from Developers in Macau is not only due to a the economic downtown with developers such as Sands laying off 11,000 workers but also due to the recent visiting restrictions for Mainland visitors.

From our own visits to Macau we found that in the last 12 months food prices in restaurants have increased dramatically, taxi fares have risen over 20% and most of all the resorts are geared towards gamblers not families.

Families have realised that after to going to Macau once and you have seen the historical sites there is not much else for families to do if you go for a second trip.

Inspiration for Landscape Architect Media article was “Macau mulls plans to develop more integrated resorts to attract visitors” posted by Channelnewsasia.com

Ahearn researches ‘green’ building – Daily Collegian

Daily Collegian reports that “Professor of landscape architecture and regional planning Jack Ahern returned to the University of Massachusetts after a trip to China last month, where he gave several lectures.

According to Ahern, China’s surge in urbanization “may be faster than anywhere else in the world,” and this made it an ideal place to investigate how to implement sustainability practices.

An important aspect of creating this “green” infrastructure is rainwater management, or “the way water moves between the sky and rivers and the streams,” added Ahearn.”

Read more @ the SOURCE: Daily Collegian – Ahearn researches ‘green’ building – News.

Design firm offers three separate strategies to revitalize downtown San Bernardino – San Bernardino County Sun

San Bernardino County Sun reports that

“The city needs to put its best face forward, especially on the 215 Freeway frontage, if it wants to improve its image.

That’s the recommendation of Vaughan Davies, director of urban design for EDAW, a 60-year-old Los Angeles urban design firm with offices in 22 cities around the world.

Four months after being retained by San Bernardino’s Economic Development Agency, Davies introduced three different planning strategies for revitalizing the downtown to the public in a standing-room-only presentation in the old Woolworth Building on the corner of Fourth and E streets on Thursday.”

SOURCE: San Bernardino County Sun – Design firm offers three separate strategies to revitalize downtown San Bernardino

Mayor clears Crossrail station and Wood Wharf – Wharf.co.uk

Wharf.co.uk reports that

“The future landscape of Canary Wharf is beginning to take shape after Mayor Boris Johnson rubber-stamped three major developments.

The London figurehead approved plans for West India Dock’s Crossrail station, the 7.98 hectare Wood Wharf office and residential scheme, and the 37-storey Newfoundland hotel near Heron Quays.

SOURCE: Wharf.co.uk – Mayor clears Crossrail station and Wood Wharf

Oakland firm wins $2.1 million contract to study waterfront design – Inside Bay Area

Inside the Bay Area reports that “Oakland took the next step in defining the future of its central waterfront Wednesday by awarding a $2.1 million contract to………………..the Oakland firm, Community Design + Architecture, the contract to prepare a so-called specific plan and environmental impact report for the central estuary. The area encompasses 428 acres situated between 19th and 54th avenues below Interstate 880.”

SOURCE: Oakland firm wins $2.1 million contract to study waterfront design – Inside Bay Area.

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