West Lake urban area scheme announced – Vietnam

The Ha Noi Department of Planning and Architecture late last week announced details of the West Lake urban area project.

The urban area, which has a total investment capital of US$314-mil in its first phase, will cover an area of more than 200ha and can accommodate around 20,000 people.

The new urban area will consist of housing, office buildings, high-end hotels, parks, banks and commercial centres.

The project is expected to have the land clearance phase completed in 2009 and basic building completed in 2011

Source: VietNamNet – West Lake urban area scheme announced.

Korea to help out with Hanoi’s new urban center

Seoul, the capital of the Republic of Korea, will contribute 90 percent of the cost of mapping out a new urban center along Hanoi’s Hong (Red) River, the Hanoi Planning and Architecture Department said Saturday.

After the project plan is drawn up, it will be submitted for approval to the National Assembly in April 2009 and the Prime Minister two months later.

Once approved, authorities will call for bids to carry out the construction of the project.

It is estimated that construction of the new urban center by the Red River will cost about US$7 billion.

Source: Vietnam latest news – Thanh Nien Daily.

China’s Three Gorges Dam: An Environmental Catastrophe? – Scientific American

For over three decades, the Chinese government has dismissed warnings from scientists and environmentalists that its Three Gorges Dam—the world’s largest—had the potential of becoming one of China’s biggest environmental nightmares.

Read more @ China’s Three Gorges Dam: An Environmental Catastrophe?
Source: Scientific American
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International designs shape Indian construction projects – Thaindian News

Thaindian News  reports on designs such as the luxury villa designed by Giorgio Armani, an 18-hole golf course conceptualised by Greg Norman and skyscrapers with the FX Fowle touch – hiring global professionals has become a new trend with Indian realtors. With the $15 billion realty sector in India booming at an annual growth of 35 percent and global players lining up investments worth some $10 billion, this industry has begun attracting international planners and architects.

So don’t be surprised if fancy realty project names like Orchard Country, Sun City, Malibu Towne, Espace Nirvana Country and Karma Lakelands also have some top international civil engineers and architects associated with them.

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Source: Thaindian News.

Bigger cities means more poverty says UN

Urbanisation in the Asia-Pacific region has driven up poverty, says the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (Escap).

The agency’s latest yearbook showed that with an increase in urbanisation and growth, urban poverty had also worsened.

This year represented a turning point in human geography. For the first time in history, more people now live in cities than in rural areas.

Although the Asia-Pacific region, along with Africa, was still one of the least urbanised regions of the world, its urban population had grown at the fastest pace in the last 15 years, said the yearbook, which describes economic, social and environmental trends in Asia and the Pacific.

Source: Bangkok Post : General news.

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