In a period when the tallest buildlings are going up such as the Shanghai Tower and Burj Dubai it is comforting to see a city that has the initiative to protect its character and urban fabric.
Hangzhou is requiring that buildings that surround the beautiful West Lake should be made less than 24 metres(78.7ft). The Shangri-La hotel on the edge of the Lake will be made to reduce its building.
read more @ the SOURCE: The Guardian – Chinese city to trim tall buildings
China Daily reports
“Giant pandas living in the wild in Sichuan will face a struggle to survive this winter because of the damage caused to their environment by the May 12 earthquake, an expert said Thursday.
In July, the Sichuan government unveiled a 2 billion yuan ($290 million) plan, drawn up by experts from Wolong, Peking University, the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Beijing-based firm Turenscape, to redevelop the reserve.”
[SOURCE: China Daily – Pandas face tough time this winter].
RFQ for North Grant Park Renovation: Design & Construction Administration Services
REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS to establish a “short list” of companies (no less than three, but probably no more than five) to receive the by-invitation-only Request for Proposal for design & construction administration services for the renovation of the north-east corner of Grant Park (Daley Bicentennial Plaza, Cancer Survivor’s Garden, and Peanut Park). Submitters MUST have successful experience with projects of comparable scope and magnitude, with particular expertise in landscape architecture, civil engineering, and playground design. There will be a pre-submittal meeting at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, December 15, 2008, in the Lower Level Conference Room of the Administration Building, 541 North Fairbanks Court, 60611.
Find the full RFQ on the Chicago Park District Website (http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/ ).
Spec No: P-08041
Buyer: Ann C. Boger
Active Date: 12/04/08
Due Date: 12/29/08
Contact Phone Number: 312-742-4429
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London 2012 reports
“Martin Richman and Jason Bruges Studio, both based near to the Park, have been chosen for the first arts commission. They will develop ideas for a series of new bridges and underpasses being built on the Park.
Over 250 artists expressed an interest in the works and eight artists were shortlisted. They were asked to submit their initial artwork proposals for the bridges and underpasses commission.”
[SOURCE: News – Art in the Park – London 2012].
Statesman Journal reports
“A $1.2 million project at Willamette Mission State Park soon will allow the Willamette River to flow through a 2-mile channel blocked by a dike since the 1940s.
It is one of a handful of key restoration projects identified by the state for partially returning the Willamette River to its historical meandering course.”
[SOURCE: Statesman Journal – Project alters course of river | StatesmanJournal.com]