AECOM wins US$60-million Kai Tak redevelopment project

Image via Wikipedia

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 it has won
key contracts worth US$60 million from the Hong Kong Special
Region to provide infrastructure design and construction
supervision consulting services for the landmark Kai Tak redevelopment

The aim of the effort is to transform the old Kai Tak Airport site into
a vibrant community supported by a variety of commercial, social and
recreational facilities. AECOM’s work will encompass urban design;
landscape, road, drainage and sewerage works; sewage pumping stations;
water supply systems; and dredging and treatment of contaminated

“We are proud to contribute our expertise to this landmark project,”
said John M. Dionisio, AECOM president and chief executive officer.
“This exciting project provides an excellent example of how AECOM is
able to leverage our global expertise and presence to serve our clients.”

Construction is scheduled to be implemented in phases during 2011. The
project’s public park is expected to be completed during 2012, while the
overall effort is scheduled to be completed during 2018.


Urban planning must be precise and scientific – Vietnam PM

Hanoi, a constant construction site – IMAGE SOURCE: Flickr – seier+seier+seier
Nhan Dan reports

The Prime Minister of Vietnam – Nguyen Tan Dung stressed that urban planning must be precise and scientific to ensure sustainable development while receiving a delegation of the Vietnam Urban Development Planning Association (VUDPA) led by its President Nguyen The Ba in Hanoi on November 5.

[SOURCE: Nhan Dan — News]

No winner for Queens Wharf competition

Recently WLA reported on the announcement of the finalists for the Queens Wharf design competition. We have just found out  that the competition has been halted and no winner will be awarded as the competition organisers (various government authorities) were not impressed with the stage 2 entries submitted.

Comments left on news sites and blogs have expressed differing views. Some stating that this is an embarrassment to hold a competition and not award a winner, while others see that it is good that the project was quashed as it was being rushed to be ready for the Rugby World Cup in 2011. There is a general consensus however, that the budget was far too low ($47-50milllion NZD) to create a design worthy of the Auckland waterfront whilst pleasing all interests. quotes North Shore Mayor Andrew Williams as saying

“……they want the redevelopment to deliver on all these expectations for a miserable $47 million, which is like expecting a Sydney Opera House for the price of a temporary prefab.”

Was the design process flawed from the start? What’s your view?

For more information and reports on the Queen Wharf Competition (link to Comp website)

NZ Herald News – Queens Wharf redesign halted – Short Term Rushed Political Thinking Is Hijacking The Queens Wharf Dream – Auckland Queen’s Wharf designs deemed sub-standard


[IMAGE SOURCE: Queen Wharf Competition]

New urban planning degree for Western Sydney

Architecture&Design reports

As Greater Western Sydney burgeons, the need for skilled urban planners is mushrooming.
The University of Western Sydney (UWS) is launching a new Bachelor of Social Science/ Master of Urban Management and Planning degree.

SOURCE: Architecture&Design

Australia allocates $86 mil for stormwater harversting

Thirteen organisations will share in $86 million to undertake innovative stormwater capture projects to help secure water supplies for Australian cities.

Minister for Climate Change and Water, Senator Penny Wong, announced recently the outcome of the first funding round for Stormwater Harvesting and Reuse Projects

“In this era of extended drought and the emerging effects of climate change, we need to invest in alternative water supplies and make better use of the water we have available for our cities and towns,” Senator Wong said.

“The combined yield from these projects is estimated to be 9 billion litres per annum.”

The projects will also reduce stormwater pollution in local waterways and help maintain parks and gardens.
The projects will source 100 per cent of their energy needs from renewable sources or fully offset the carbon impact of the project’s operations.

A second round for funding applications has been extended to 10 February 2010

SOURCE: Minister for Climate Change and Water – Australia

4 Asean capitals join forces to turn ‘green’

Bangkok Post reports

Jakarta, Manila, Vientiane and Bangkok have agreed to move towards becoming green cities and join forces to fight climate change.

Representatives from the four cities have also adopted the draft founding declaration of the “Cool Asean, Green Capitals Initiative” aimed at improving the urban landscape of Southeast Asia’s major cities to cope with the impact of climate change.

Bangkok Post – 4 Asean capitals join forces to turn ‘green’

Asian cities are growing

A great editorial from The Nation from the Asian Network of Major Cities 21 Conference (ANMC21) being held in Bangkok.
The editor writes about various issues including:

As Asian countries enjoy economic growth, many face problems that come with too-rapid urbanisation. City dwellers in many Asian countries are increasingly suffering from deteriorating environment conditions.

Many big Asian cities, including Bangkok, have seen their populations grow so fast that social services and infrastructure cannot cope. High density of population can also lead to the quick spread of communicable diseases such as swine flu. Besides this, rapidly growing cities tend to suffer the twin problems of an upsurge in crime and poverty in slum areas.

read more at the [SOURCE: The Nation – Asian cities are growing but quality of life is plummeting]

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