KCAP wins Keqiao Water City competition in Shaoxing, China

Masterplan

KCAP Architects & Planners has won the international competition to design a masterplan for Keqiao Water City in Shaoxing, China. The 45 ha site, which is currently occupied by redundant textile industry and residences, will be redeveloped for residential use with community functions and sport and commercial facilities in a landscaped setting of waterland, parks and gardens. KCAP’s masterplan design has been chosen as winner out of 3 international entries.

Keqiao is the major development area of Zhejiang province, occupying a strategic location between Shaoxing, a city of 3 million inhabitants, and Hangzhou, close to Xaoshan airport and along the highway to larger local cities and further to Shanghai. With its unique landscape of lakes, canals and rocks it forms a setting of scenic beauty. The area will become a recreational centre and will give new development impulses for the entire region.

KCAP’s masterplan introduces a landscape framework formed by different conditions found on the site such as the two lakes with their waterfronts, the canal and road system, the green spaces and the bridges. Enriched with carefully designed elements like public squares, parks, roads and paths a continuous landscape fabric is established which ties the entire development together.

KCAP will elaborate the winning masterplan scheme throughout 2010 in close cooperation with Shaoxing developer Gemdale and the local authorities. The first projects are estimated to start construction in 2011. ‘Working on this project is a great opportunity for us. It is an important stepping stone for our growing portfolio in China,’ says Markus Appenzeller, director of international projects of KCAP.

[SOURCE: KCAP]

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China to reach 50% urban population by 2015

Recently Li Shouxin, director of the Development Planning Department stated that China’s urban population had reached 622 million by the end of 2009, with the urbanization rate standing at nearly 47 percent with the urban population growing by just under 1% annually over the last five years.

Zhang Qin, deputy director of the Urban-Rural Planning Department under the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development (MOHURD), said the rapid urbanization of China will continue for 15 to 20 years and China will become an urban society during the “12th Five-Year Plan” period (between 2011 and 2015 ).

The process will create a market of at least 1 trillion yuan ($146 billion) in the coming 20 years, according to a report by the Xinhua News Agency.

[SOURCES: People's Daily Online and Global Times]

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New ‘Future Cities Laboratory’ for Singapore

ETH Zurich, a Swiss University and the National Research Foundation of Singapore have signed an agreement for the “Future Cities Laboratory”. This set the seal on the structure of the new platform for urban development in Singapore.

In this project, it is collaborating closely with scientists from the National University of Singapore and Nanyang Technological University. An agreement was signed in Singapore on 19 March 2010 forms an important link between the NRF and ETH Zurich as they build up their joint research activities. The plan is for the interdisciplinary research platform for sustainable urban development in Singapore to be staffed by September 2010.

The research focuses on three key scales: sustainable building technologies, the city as an urban system, and the relationship between urban and rural environments. The new strategy of the “Future Cities Laboratory” consists of combining these key points in an appropriate way and researching their interactions. The architects, planners and scientists see and design the city as a dynamic system in which people interact and in which resources such as energy, water, space, capital, materials or information are constantly in flux.

[SOURCE: ETH Zurich]

15 more Registered Landscape Architects in the Philippines

Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) Monday announced that 15 out of 25 examinees passed the Landscape Architect  Licensure Examination given by the Board of Landscape Architecture in Manila this March 2010.

Congratulations to the following people for passing and becoming registered landscape architects and hope you celebrate after the oath taking ceremony.

ALBAO, KARLA CHRISTINE DE LOS SANTOS; BALLESTEROS, NIÑA CECILIA VILLANUEVA; DOMINGO, DHENE IAN FRANCISCO; DUMALIGAN, FAITH TUGUINAY; ESPIRITU, MICHAEL JOHN VARIAS; FAVILA, DAWNE PEDRERA; FLORES, MA LORENA PATRICIA MENDOZA; LIGSAY, LIA YADINE NAVARRO; PANINGBATAN, PAMELA CASTILLO; RAMOSA, SHERWIN OBOS; SABIDO, BRIAN ALAN LOZANO; SANTOS, ARGIE RITZ CLEMENTE; SERASPI, KENNETH RUIZ; TAÑEDO, APRIL MARIE MOLINYAWE; YAMBAO, FREDERICK INTAL.

[SOURCE: Manila Bulletin Publication Corporation]

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GroupGSA expands into Landscape Architecture with John Holland merger

GroupGSA, a multi-discipline practice in Sydney, Australia with projects in Australia, Asia Pacific and the USA has expanded its services with the merger of GroupGSA and John Holland. John Holland Landscape Architects will now be apart of Group GSA and John Holland (Registered Landscape Architect) will now lead the Landscape Architecture section as Principal with his experience in open space planning, urban design, residential planning and infrastructure projects throughout the UK, Australia and Asia.

[SOURCE: BPN]

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