Look at the bigger picture, says landscape architect – Press & Journal

A landscape architect refused yesterday to give his view on the acceptability of long-term landscape damage caused by parts of the proposed Aberdeen bypass’s southern leg.

read more @ the SOURCE: Press & JournalLook at the bigger picture, says landscape architect

Government to boost Chinese property market

Facing a housing market lull which could drag China’s economy further in the backdrop of a worldwide financial crisis, Beijing is probing possibilities to loosen its macro control to activate the real estate sector.

As many as 18 Chinese cities, including Shanghai,Guangzhou,Hangzhou and Xi’an, have announced detailed policies to boost their property market, which have seen at least four months of consecutive drops in housing prices.

SOURCE: Chinadaily.com – Government to boost Chinese property market.

Get the green light – Jerusalem Post

Urban living can get a bit claustrophobic sometimes, making you want to leave the concrete (or stone) jungle as quickly as possible and get to a green, open space.

Which is where Mapa’s new book, Iyim Yerukim (Green Islands), comes in handy. The guide suggests 120 parks and gardens across the country – some in the city, some out of it.

SOURCE: Jerusalem Post – Get the green light | Around Israel .

Landscape Institute Climate Change Position Statement

The Landscape Institute has published a Climate Change Position Statement, ‘Landscape architecture and the challenge of climate change’.

Read more @ the SOURCE: Landscape Institute (UK) – Climate Change Position Statement.

First Shopping Center by World-Renowned Architect Daniel Libeskind Opens

Westside Shopping and LeisureCentre, an exciting new development designed by famed architect Daniel Libeskind, opened its doors to the public on Wednesday, October 8. What many
years ago seemed a visionary, perhaps even utopian, concept for a new city district of Bern has finally become a reality. In addition to the 55 shops,10 restaurants and bars, hotel, multiplex cinema, fun bath with wellness and fitness center and senior residency, this mixed-use program radically reinvents the concept of shopping, entertainment and living. With its impressive location above the A1 highway, its direct connection to the tram
and the BERNMOBIL transport network, Westside is a meeting place for the whole greater region of Bern and provides a striking gateway to the city.

SOURCE: Studio Daniel Libeskind – Westside: First Shopping Center by World-Renowned Architect Daniel Libeskind Opens

East Darling Harbour (Barangaroo) – natural edge or city precinct?

Elizabeth Farrelly(sydney morning herald) takes a sharp look at the developments in the project process and the international design competition that never eventuated and has now got an ex-Prime Minister gunning for a natural edge.

Read more @ the SOURCE: Sydney Morning Herald – What’s it to be: a flair mile or plunder down under? – Elizabeth Farrelly.

Architects warn anew of topsy-turvy urban planning among cities

“An association of architects has warned anew of the lack of a master plan in the design of cities, pointing to the common urban blight of traffic, drainage and sanitation.

Francis Hidalgo, vice president for operation of the Davao Chapter of the United Architects of the Philippines (UAP) said, “it’s very difficult to have a topsy-turvy construction that is not tied to a master plan.”

He said this was the mistake of Metro Manila “and even Davao City may be repeating the mistakes of Metro Manila.” “

read more @ the SOURCE: Business Mirror – Architects warn anew of topsy-turvy urban planning among cities.

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