Ground work begins at Deerfields Town Square in Abu Dhabi – AMEinfo.com

AMEinfo.com reports

International architecture firm RMJM has been appointed as lead design consultants for the Deerfields project.

Mandated to review the architectural design of the entire development and responsible for the engineering delivery, RMJM will also work on implementing improvement changes to the facade, interiors, and landscape design of the mall.

SOURCE: AMEinfo.com – Ground work begins at Deerfields Town Square in Abu Dhabi | MBI

PUB (Singapore) launches Water Design Guidelines for developments

PUB reports

The ABC Waters Design Guidelines has been launched by Senior Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources, Dr Amy Khor, on 25 June 2009. It is a document to introduce PUB’s ABC Waters Programme (a strategic programme aims to transform our drains, canals and reservoirs into beautiful, vibrant and flowing streams, rivers and lakes) and the potential applications of ABC Waters Design Features (bioretention swales, rain garden, wetland etc.) to the industry professionals, as well as the public and private sectors.

The ABC Waters Design Guidelines aim to create a sustainable and more livable city through the treatment of stormwater (rainwater) closer to source as well as beautifying urban spaces and creating new community focal points and greater urban bio-diversity.

Goto the PUB website to download the document

SOURCE: PUB

Dubai development may be down, but it’s not out – Los Angeles Times

Christopher Hawthorne, Architecture Critic  for the Los Angeles Times writes

Reporting from Dubai, United Arab Emirates — If a city can be spectacularly quiet, this waterfront city-state has certainly qualified in recent months. Hundreds of abandoned construction cranes languish above Dubai’s gated communities and beach-side developments and, most dramatically, up and down Sheikh Zayed Road, its high-rise spine……………….

SOURCE: Los Angeles Times – Dubai development may be down, but it’s not out

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AECOM Joint Venture Wins US$82-Million Design Contract for Hong Kong High-Speed Rail Terminus

Businesswire

AECOM Technology Corporation (NYSE: ACM), a leading provider of professional technical and management support services for government and commercial clients around the world, announced today that a joint venture of which it is a part has been awarded a design-services contract worth US$82 million for the Mass Transit Railway Corporation Limited’s Hong Kong High-Speed Rail Terminus project, which will connect to the high-speed rail network in Mainland China.

SOURCE: Businesswire.com – AECOM Joint Venture Wins US$82-Million Design Contract for Hong Kong High-Speed Rail Terminus

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New York Times Magazine – Infrastructure Edition

New York Times has published a Infrastructure Edition of its Magazine.

Included in this edition is a look at the proposed High-Speed Rail in California, the gap in Infrastructure spending in the Economic Stimulus Bill, the Remaking of Paris, and a short piece on James Corner’s home and if your and a landscape architect and read the first line of the James Corner’s interview you will nod your head in agreement!

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