The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved an $11.3 million grant to improve urban infrastructure in Nuku’alofa, the capital of Tonga, as urbanization and population growth fuel demand for better infrastructure.
The Integrated Urban Development Sector Project will facilitate fully integrated and coordinated urban planning in Tonga, particularly for Nuku’alofa, which accounts for 34% of the national population and is home to 75% of those living in urban areas.
SOURCE: Solomon Islands News – ADB Provides $11.3M Grant to Help Tonga Improve Urban Infrastructure
THE designer behind the famous sail-shaped Burj Al Arab luxury hotel in Dubai has won an international competition to design Devine’s $1 billion French Quarter precinct in Brisbane.
The design of two towers by Tom Wright of Atkins has been selected from a field of five international architectural firms which were vying for the honour.
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Atkins is also the group behind the Trump International Hotel and Tower in Dubai.
Devine managing director David Devine said yesterday now that the concept for the building had been selected planning work would start with an eye to lodging a development application in the next couple of months.
Read more @ the SOURCE: The Courier-Mail – Twin towers in Brissie’s French Quarter
Landscape architect Peter Rough spent a second day being cross-examined by individual appellants, who have strong concerns about the effects of wind turbines on the heritage landscape.
Otago Goldfields Heritage Trust immediate-past president Dr Mike Floate asked Mr Rough how it would be for someone that had read about the goldfields trail along Old Dunstan Rd, and wanted to experience some of it.
Mr Rough replied that it was difficult to answer because no one was exactly sure how the landscape was in the gold mining days.
read more @ the SOURCE: The Southland Times – (Landscape) Architect cross-examined over turbines’ impact on heritage route – Queenstown NZ .
In a collaborative effort between Navy Region Hawaii, Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Hawaii, and the Navy Exchange (NEX), a practical landscape design using environmentally-friendly vegetation and xeriscaping is being implemented at the Pearl Harbor NEX.
Many of the plants and shrubs requiring significant irrigation and maintenance have been removed and will be replaced with xeriscape functionality instead. Xeriscape is an innovative concept used to conserve water through the choice of hardy, drought-resistant plants and creative landscaping.
“Since water is such a valuable commodity, especially in Hawaii, it makes sense for Navy Region Hawaii to include xeriscape in current and future landscape designs,” said Matt Flach, landscape architect, Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Hawaii. “The principles of xeriscaping serve as guidelines to best-use irrigation, ultimately assisting water conservation efforts.”
Read more @ the SOURCE: Military.com – Pearl Harbor Navy Exchange Goes Green.
COUNCILS will be policed to ensure they consider planning laws and policies such as the Melbourne 2030 planning blueprint when dealing with new building projects.
This follows a scathing report on the state’s planning approvals process by the Victorian Auditor-General’s office.
Read more @ the Source: theage.com.au – Councils face tight rules on planning