China’s pioneering eco-city of Dongtan stalls – Telegraph

This was supposed to be the site of Dongtan, the world’s first eco-city, a paradise of sustainable living that would house half-a-million people and set an example to the world.

However an investigation by The Sunday Telegraph has revealed that Dongtan is still nothing but a pipe dream.

read more @ the SOURCE: China’s pioneering eco-city of Dongtan stalls – Telegraph.

Government to boost Chinese property market

Facing a housing market lull which could drag China’s economy further in the backdrop of a worldwide financial crisis, Beijing is probing possibilities to loosen its macro control to activate the real estate sector.

As many as 18 Chinese cities, including Shanghai,Guangzhou,Hangzhou and Xi’an, have announced detailed policies to boost their property market, which have seen at least four months of consecutive drops in housing prices.

SOURCE: Chinadaily.com – Government to boost Chinese property market.

Scientists, Sustainable South Bronx: Cool Surfaces Can Combat NYC Pollution, Save Energy, Improve Health; Green-Collar Jobs Needed

“The widespread use of vegetated and highly reflective surfaces in New York City.s built environment could improve the City.s environment, public health, and economy, according to a study released today. Urban Heat Island Mitigation Strategies Can Improve New York City.s Environment, written in partnership between Sustainable South Bronx (SSBx) and Columbia University.s Cool City Project, reviewed research that quantified effects of using vegetation and cool reflective surfaces in urban areas.

The full report is available through the SSBx website: http://www.ssbx.org”

SOURCE: E-wire.com – Scientists, Sustainable South Bronx: Cool Surfaces Can Combat NYC Pollution, Save Energy, Improve Health; Green-Collar Jobs Needed.

Landscape Institute Climate Change Position Statement

The Landscape Institute has published a Climate Change Position Statement, ‘Landscape architecture and the challenge of climate change’.

Read more @ the SOURCE: Landscape Institute (UK) – Climate Change Position Statement.

First Shopping Center by World-Renowned Architect Daniel Libeskind Opens

Westside Shopping and LeisureCentre, an exciting new development designed by famed architect Daniel Libeskind, opened its doors to the public on Wednesday, October 8. What many
years ago seemed a visionary, perhaps even utopian, concept for a new city district of Bern has finally become a reality. In addition to the 55 shops,10 restaurants and bars, hotel, multiplex cinema, fun bath with wellness and fitness center and senior residency, this mixed-use program radically reinvents the concept of shopping, entertainment and living. With its impressive location above the A1 highway, its direct connection to the tram
and the BERNMOBIL transport network, Westside is a meeting place for the whole greater region of Bern and provides a striking gateway to the city.

SOURCE: Studio Daniel Libeskind – Westside: First Shopping Center by World-Renowned Architect Daniel Libeskind Opens
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