Hangzhou Shangri-la to get shorter

In a period when the tallest buildlings are going up such as the Shanghai Tower and Burj Dubai it is comforting to see a city that has the initiative to protect its character and urban fabric.

Hangzhou is requiring that buildings that surround the beautiful West Lake should be made less than 24 metres(78.7ft). The Shangri-La hotel on the edge of the Lake will be made to reduce its building.

read more @ the SOURCE: The Guardian – Chinese city to trim tall buildings

Pandas face tough time this winter

China Daily reports

“Giant pandas living in the wild in Sichuan will face a struggle to survive this winter because of the damage caused to their environment by the May 12 earthquake, an expert said Thursday.

In July, the Sichuan government unveiled a 2 billion yuan ($290 million) plan, drawn up by experts from Wolong, Peking University, the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Beijing-based firm Turenscape, to redevelop the reserve.”

[SOURCE: China Daily – Pandas face tough time this winter].

MetroPac seeks to develop North Harbor – INQUIRER.net

A unit of Hong Kong-listed First Pacific Co. Ltd. said Friday it is in talks with the Philippine government and a partner to develop North Harbor, Manila’s busiest port.

SOURCE INQUIRER.netBusiness – MetroPac seeks to develop North Harbor


Urban densification: Creating space to live – CNN.com

CNN.com talks to Jonathan D. Solomon, Assistant Professor of Architecture at Hong Kong University about a concept known as “urban densification”

read CNN interview @ the [SOURCE: CNN.com – Urban densification: Creating space to live]

 


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Urban growth sparks calls for better planning

Vietnam News reports

“Rapid urbanisation is changing the face of Viet Nam, but at the same time creating problems that need to be solved, according to the head of the Institute of Urban Research and Infrastructure Development, Pham Sy Liem.”

read more @ the [SOURCE: Viet Nam News].


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