Skypark – The way of the future?

All you need to do is take the elevator to the SkyPark of The Gramercy’s sweeping three-level amenity deck that begins on the tower’s 35th floor. Award-winning designers Jerde Partnership have brought tropical island getaway to this residential project that is almost everything that urban dwellers ever wanted.

The Manila Times Internet Edition | PROPERTY & HOME > A tropical paradise so very high above the ground.

Experimental designs

Architects Anupam Bansal and Rajesh Dongre find interesting ways to blend their buildings with the surrounding landscape.

Most laboratories in India are rather dull box-like spaces — their architecture focussing on functionality without even a passing nod at the aesthetic. The new development at the National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS) in Bangalore, however, promises to be refreshingly different.

Experimental designs – Business Standard Gargi Gupta / New Delhi.

New terminal for Mumbai port faces criticism from urban planners | News | Down To Earth magazine

Mumbai port is set to expand. The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has given it the clearance to build an offshore container terminal, which will facilitate handling of large container vessels at the port. Mumbai Port Trust officials are happy because the Rs 1,228.39-crore project will add capacity of 9.6 million tonnes per annum to the port. Urban planners and activists, however, had hopes that some portion of the port land would be given to the city.

According to the Urban Design Research Institute (udri), a Mumbai-based ngo, the city has 0.01 ha of open space per 1,000 people, against the international norm of 1.6 ha per 1,000 people.

New terminal for Mumbai port faces criticism from urban planners | News | Down To Earth magazine.

Housing Policy tabled in Indian Parliament

The National Urban Housing & Habitat Policy 2007 seeks to promote various types of public-private partnerships for realizing the goal of “ Affordable Housing For All’ with special emphasis on the urban poor. This was stated by Kumari Selja the Minister of State for Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation,

PIB Press Release.

Hanoi City councils discuss improving weak planning and management

Poor infrastructure and traffic congestion top the agendas of the Ha Noi and HCM City municipal People’s Councils during their current sittings.

And both councils found that the shortcomings stemmed from inadequate planning and management.

Viet Nam News.

Vietnam Reform

The People’s Council in HCM City also met yesterday. Authorities announced a new municipal governance model, already approved by the Prime Minister, to be adopted in the next few years.

HCM City would be a vanguard in applying the new municipal governance model to better manage the country’s biggest socio-economic and financial hub, deputy chairman of the city People’s Committee, Nguyen Thanh Tai said.

Viet Nam News.

BBR Wins contract to build tunnel at Marina View

BBR Holdings has won a S$190 million contract from the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) to build a common services tunnel for the Marina View area.

The common services tunnel is a system of purpose-built tunnels to house and distribute various utility services to all developments at Marina Bay.

The entire tunnel network will be implemented in phases in tandem with the development growth of Marina Bay.

BBR’s contract is for phase 3A which is about 0.9km long. The project will take 40 months to complete

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