Department Begins Relocating Bakun, Murum Plant Species


Bakun Dam under construction – IMAGE SOURCE: Flickr – mangkawah

BERNAMA reports

The Sarawak Forest Department (Malaysia) has started relocating various species of plants which will be affected by the Bakun and Murum hydroelectric dam projects.

Its director Datuk Len Talif Salleh said the relocation of protected species started three months ago.

SOURCE: BERNAMA – Department Begins Relocating Bakun, Murum Plant Species

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
Administrative
Region to provide infrastructure design and construction
supervision consulting services for the landmark Kai Tak redevelopment
project.

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
sediment.

“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.

[SOURCE: AECOM]

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.

Voxy.co.nz 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

Voxy.co.nz – Short Term Rushed Political Thinking Is Hijacking The Queens Wharf Dream

3News.co.nz – Auckland Queen’s Wharf designs deemed sub-standard

[SOURCE: Voxy.co.nz]

[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

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