Slums bursting at the seams

More than three hundred thousand people could be living in sub-human conditions in the slums by the end of the decade if the unplanned growth of the Islamabad Capital Territory and Rawalpindi continues, urban planners associated with private companies say. Various civic agencies of the twin cities would be largely responsible for this horrendous state of affairs. “Non-adherence to the sensible planning has already driven the twin cities to the brink of a breakdown, bringing the services and utilities under severe strain from more than 13 hundred thousand people (the current population of the twin cities),” a member of the Rawalpindi planning board says.

Islamabad News.

Indonesia plants trees to offset Bali emissions

BALI, Indonesia (Reuters) – Indonesia has planted millions of trees to soak up an estimated 50,000 tonnes of greenhouse gases to be emitted during U.N.-led climate talks in Bali, Environment Minister Rachmat Witoelar said on Monday.

More than 10,000 politicians, officials, activists and journalists are expected to attend the December 3-14 talks on the tropical resort island. Delegates will discuss ways to widen a U.N.-led fight against global warming to all nations.

Indonesia plants trees to offset Bali emissions | Environment | Reuters.

Seven win Designers of the Year awards

ARCHITECT Mok Wei Wei of W Architects has become synonymous with designing buildings that are sensitive to their surroundings.

Mr Ban Yinh Jheow is the founder of toy company Stikfas, a multi-million-dollar enterprise famed for its three-inch-tall plastic action figures.

Then there is Paris-based fashion designer Andrew Gn, arguably Singapore’s most successful fashion export whose designs are sold worldwide.

The three are among seven who were crowned Designers of the Year at this year’s President’s Design Award.

The others are landscape architecture firm Cicada’s Casey Gan and Lim Swe Ting, advertising director Lim Sau Hoong of 10AM Communications, artist Eng Siak Loy and graphic design firm :phunk studio comprising Jackson Tan, Alvin Tan, Melvin Chee and William Chan.

The award, now in its second year, recognises Singapore designers who develop unique and iconic products that make an impact on the international design scene. more at Strait Times

New Shenzhen Stock Exchange Building Starts

OMA
Shenzhen; 22 November 2007) Officials from the Shenzhen Stock Exchange (SSE) and local government together with representatives from the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) have broken ground for the construction of the new headquarters for China’s equivalent of the NASDAQ.

The new SSE is planned as a financial center with civic meaning. The external area is designed as a public space for festivals and gathering whilst the 250m tall tower will host the trading floor of high-tech and many new, high growth stocks as well as the SSE offices, registration and clearing house, the Securities Information Company and ancillary services in a gross floor area of 200,000m2. OMA

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