Sasaki and Olympic Green – LA TIMES

Christopher Hawthorne wrote an interesting article about the Olympic Architecture and was interesting to read about his conversation with Sasaki about the Beijng Olympic Green as follows:

“I was put through to Dennis Pieprz, the president of the firm, who oversaw its work on the Green. After I asked him whether he would be in the capital during my visit and available to give me a tour of the results, there was a long pause.

“Well, I haven’t been to Beijing in quite some time,” he finally said, explaining that Olympic officials had taken over and modified the Sasaki plan so extensively that the firm now basically disavows the final product.

And there it was, plain as day on the firm’s website, when I went back to check: “Sasaki had no involvement in the design and implementation of the final landscape for the Beijing Olympics.”

So much for signature Olympic architecture. This is something closer to the reverse: A firm anxious to scrub its name from the official record before the Games get underway.”

SOURCE: Los Angeles Times – Chinese architects the winners in Games – .

Sustainable urban development a necessity

Sustainable development of an urban area or territory depends heavily on its development plan.

As in other countries, Viet Nam is working on establishing an urban structure plan for a period of 20-25 years which is divided into several stages.

SOURCE: Viet Nam News.

New parks in the capital

The Phnom Penh Post reports that the new and improved parks are providing Phnom Penh residents some much-needed respite from the squeeze of the capital city’s increasingly cramped quarters.

The Wat Botom, Hun Sen, Vimean Ekreach and Wat Phnom parks have all undergone makeovers and are drawing hoards of locals to relax, exercise, picnic or loll with their sweethearts.

SOURCE: The Phnom Penh Post – New parks: too little, too late for capital?.

China quake prompts call for back-up copies of urban files-Xinhua

The Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development has urged cities across the country to keep extra copies of local urban planning files in other localities to preserve data against emergencies and disasters.

In the devastating May 12 earthquake in southwest China, such files in many regions, including Wenchuan, Beichuan and Pingwu, were either buried, destroyed or severely damaged.

SOURCE: XinhuaChina quake prompts call for back-up copies of urban files

Star architects bid to design new center for South Korean capital as 21st century model city – International Herald Tribune

An all-star group of international architects bidding for the chance to design a new urban center for the South Korean capital said Tuesday the vast site offered a rare chance to create a model for 21st century cities.

Five top architecture firms behind many of the world’s recent iconic structures are being given US$1 million each to propose a master plan for the 28 trillion won (US$27 billion) Yongsan business district.

SOURCE: International Herald TribuneStar architects bid to design new center for South Korean capital as 21st century model city 

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