Ivanhoe Cambridge Officially Breaks Ground on Metrotower III

”Ivanhoe Cambridge, the owner, developer and manager of the Metrotower Office Complex in Burnaby, announced today that it is developing the complex’s third office tower, Metrotower III. Occupancy of the 29 storey office tower is expected in summer 2011.

Metrotower III is the first project in Canada to be pre-certified for LEED® CS (Core and Shell) Platinum by the U.S. Green Building Council. The LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high performance green buildings.”

SOURCE: Ivanhoe Cambridge – News – Ivanhoe Cambridge Officially Breaks Ground on Metrotower III.

Autodesk University starts tomorrow

AUTODESK UNIVERSITY — More than 9,000 design professionals from 74 countries will again descend on Las Vegas this week for what has become a yearly pilgrimage of all things Autodesk . Attendees at Autodesk University (AU) 2008 will experience design innovation through the voices of customers in industries such as manufacturing, architecture and building, media and entertainment, automotive and transportation, geospatial and education.

Highlights of the Autodesk University experience include:

AU General Session and Keynotes with Cool Customers: Industry keynote sessions will feature customers such as:

  • Tom Kelley, general manager of IDEO, a seasoned innovation practitioner, will share proven techniques for fostering a culture of creativity and developing processes for continuous innovation.
  • Bob Berkebile, founding principal at BNIM Architects, and Barry Weiss, Sony Pictures Imageworks senior vice president of animation and artist development, will focus on the design visualization side of 3December and discuss the “green” rebuilding of Greensburg, Kansas, a town devastated by a tornado in 2007.

Sustainability: The Sustainable by Design booth features the results of Autodesk’s first sustainability report and showcases products across industries that enable architects, engineers and designers to make more sustainable design decisions. Information is available on how 3D modeling, building information modeling (BIM) and Digital Prototyping enable designers to visualize, simulate and analyze their designs early in the design process to facilitate sustainable design decision making.

SOURCE: Autodesk – Autodesk University

Spanish developer falls with €2.3bn debt – Times Online

Times Online reports

”The crisis in the Spanish construction sector claimed another victim yesterday as the country’s fifth biggest property development company went into administration.

Promociones Habitat said it had financial commitments of up to €2.3 billion (£1.93 billion).”

[SOURCE: Spanish developer falls with €2.3bn debt - Times Online].

Asia’s first lady of the environment – The Japan Times Online

Edahiro is widely known in Japan as the translator of Al Gore’s book “An Inconvenient Truth,” but that’s just one tip of her professional iceberg.

Besides translation, Edahiro, 46, is perhaps Japan’s most dynamic and prolific environmental writer and speaker, and a valued adviser to top corporations, civic organizations, local and national bureaucrats and the prime minister. She is also Executive Director of Japan for Sustainability (JFS),

[SOURCE: Asia's first lady of the environment – The Japan Times Online].

Wellington City Council: Let’s Do It Again – Scoop.co.nz

Wellington City Council doesn’t like its five-year old upgrade to the pedestrian Mall. The City has decided to reinstate the two-lane road with two-way traffic. The City’s reasoning is to reinstate the precinct known as the Golden Mile in Wellington, it would also allow bus routes to pass through the mall at a 30km/h(18mph) speed limit.

[SOURCE:Scoop: Wellington City Council: Let’s Do It Again].

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