The Phnom Penh Post reports “THE global property crisis is taking its toll on Cambodia’s construction sector, with the latest government figures showing new investment down 12.5 percent in the first 11 months of 2008, compared with the same period last year.”
read the full article at the SOURCE: The Phnom Penh Post – Construction investment down 12.5pc from last year.
Streetblog posted an interview with “Robert Gottlieb is the Henry R. Luce Professor of Urban Environmental Studies and Director of the Urban Environmental Policy Institute at Occidental College. The Institute seeks to marry education with action and thus Gottlieb and his students have become a major force for transportation reform in Los Angeles”.
read the full interview @ the [SOURCE: Streetsblog » Streetsblog Interview: Professor Robert Gottlieb]
The blueprint of the most pioneering green building in National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) and also probably the first of its kind in the world, namely the Education Center for Subtropical Green Buildings (ECSGB) with an alias as “Green Magic School”, was recently approved by the City Urban Planning Committee of Tainan City in November, 2008, and simultaneously awarded by the Architecture and Building Research Institute of the Ministry of the Interior as a “Diamond Level Candidate for Green Building Labeling”. The detailed construction and design layout of this Green Magic School has been also completed on December 17th. Public tender on the construction work of the NCKU ECSGB is expected to be called around January of 2009 with an aim for completion of all construction work by 2010.
[SOURCE: MarketWatch – Construction of NCKU Green Building Kicked Off]
The Dec. 14 Associated Press analysis “Planning hasn’t prevented growing pains” needs to be put into local perspective to fully understand the difference between a legal view to planning and a sustainable one.
read the full blog piece @ the SOURCE: tallahassee.com – Tallahassee Democrat – Daniel Parker: Why bother ‘planning’ if we defy smart growth?
“Consultants and contractors shed staff in wake of collapsing real estate sector.
Dubai-based consultants and contractors are now laying off thousands of staff, as increasing numbers of projects are being shelved in the wake of the collapse of the real estate sector.”
read the full article @ the [SOURCE: MEED – Dubai-based firms announce thousands of redundancies].
The National Newspaper reports
“Construction companies are restructuring salary packages and relocating staff within the Gulf to try to counteract the slowdown in Dubai and avoid redundancies.”
read the full article @ the SOURCE: The National Newspaper – Property firms adapt to tough times
Houston Chronicle reports
“Houston can’t quite get the hang of downtown parks, though other cities have featured this bit of urban design for millennia. There’s a valiant new effort, though, to lift Market Square Park up to its potential. If it works, credit should go to the planners for asking what humans really want in an oasis.”
read the full article @ Chron.com – Houston Chronicle – Marketing Market Square: New plans for park account for humans, and dogs