Urban Islands

Modern residential projects are offering ample green spaces and robust facilities alongside homes to satisfy customers’ cravings for urban living in an rural setting. But, despite much ballyhoo about modern garden cities, today’s developments bear only a passing resemblance to the original idea….

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Coasts, conflicts and intangible heritage

The coastal areas likely to be hardest hit by climate change are the ones where people have the least choice of livelihood. Yet, the strong ties of Mediterranean society with its natural setting may yet prove valuable in combating environmental degradation.

An initiative between Malta, Greece, Cyprus and Italy has produced a book entitled Coasts and Conflicts, which aims to harmonise integration in the Mediterranean region.

A response to a call issued by the EU inter-regional funding mechanism saw the birth of ECONET-COHAST, an ecological network to bring conservation strategies in line to save coastal habitats, which are recognised as valuable on a European scale.

timesofmalta.com – Coasts, conflicts and intangible heritage.

Government gives £50m boost to Tate Modern expansion

The Tate has been given an exceptional £50m grant from the government towards the huge expansion of Tate Modern in time for the 2012 Olympics, it was announced yesterday.

The £50m will go towards a budget of £215m for the expanded museum. The government boost, said Purnell, should “act as a firm symbol of the government’s commitment to this amazing project and help draw in funds from other sources”.

With this cash boost in hand, work can really get underway to realise Herzog and de Meuron’s design, which will transform the South Bank skyline in time for 2012.

Government gives £50m boost to Tate Modern expansion  Guardian Unlimited Arts.

The Tate Modern is asking its visitors for ideas on the decoration of its new extension. But is this a good idea?

Guardian Unlimited: Arts blog – art: Should the public help to design the new Tate?.

London’s 2012 Olympics Stadium Panned – Architectural Record

The British architectural profession has had a largely negative response to plans for London’s 80,000-seat Olympic stadium, which were unveiled last month. Critics say that the design, by HOK Sport and architect Peter Cook of HOK, lacks the flair of conceptual images shown during London’s bid to host the 2012 Games. But the city’s Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) defends the stadium as an adaptable and practical structure that can be re-used.

Critics have panned designs for the 2012 Olympic Stadium in London, an 80,000-seat arena created by HOK Sport and architect Peter Cook of HOK. The building is intended to be dismantled and re-assembled elsewhere after the Games.

Critics of the stadium, including several newspaper columnists and architect Will Alsop, have voiced a long list of complaints starting with the fact that there was no competition to chose the designers.

London’s 2012 Olympics Stadium Panned | News | Architectural Record.

Shortage of Skills in the Built Environment

The Construction Industry Council launched their Professional Services Survey yesterday stated that the Built Environment industry requires 12,000 competent new professionals to enter the industry every year to meet demand as major projects such as the Olympics gather speed. Added pressure is being put on the industry because 20% of current CPS professionals could retire in the next 10 years.
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