Turning Shipping Containers Into Customizable, Affordable Housing – worldchanging.com

Worldchanging reports

“We recently started following the development of a cool new project taking root at Clemson University in South Carolina. Architecture faculty Martha Skinner and Doug Hecker and Landscape Architecture faculty Pernille Christensen are working with their students to design livable, sustainable dwellings using the large shipping containers sent to Caribbean nations.

According to assistant professor Caitlyn Dyckman, the containers are generally considered waste because it’s more expensive to bring them back to port than to leave them in the Caribbean. But the right redesign approach could turn these large vessels into viable housing.”

SOURCE: Worldchanging: Bright Green: Turning Shipping Containers Into Customizable, Affordable Housing

Auckland firm to design $3b bridge – NZ Herald News

NZ Herald News reports

“An Auckland engineering firm has won the contract to design a US$1.5 billion ($2.9 billion) Bangladesh bridge.

Maunsell AECOM NZ Newmarket office scored the job for the Padma Bridge, which is to be Bangladesh’s largest and connect the south-west region with the country’s capital Dhaka.”

[SOURCE: NZ Herald News - Auckland firm to design $3b bridge]

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Cash boost for property firms – The National Newspaper

The National Newspaper reports

“Firms fully or partially owned by the Government, such as Dubai Properties, Emaar Properties and Nakheel, will be able to tap into the first US$10 billion (Dh36.73bn) of what will eventually be a $20bn sovereign bond programme, to meet their financial obligations. The Central Bank agreed to lend the money to Dubai earlier last week.”

[SOURCE: The National Newspaper - Cash boost for property firms]

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International Design Competition for Park – Madrid Spain

The competition | Concurso Internacional Parque de Valdebebas

The aim of the competition is to secure the services of a multidisciplinary team that will plan and design a new urban park of approximately 80 hectares in Parque de Valdebebas. The design should resolve the transition between the urban area currently being developed and the adjacent forest park. Of utmost importance will be the proposed uses and their suitability for the scale and location of the park. To this end the winning design will need to make the most of the planning, landscape, environmental and social opportunities offered by the site.

More information go to the competition website

SOURCE: The competition | Concurso Internacional Parque de Valdebebas via AILA

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Bader Development sees slowdown as opportunity, readies St. Louis Park apartment project – Finance and Commerce

Finance and Commerce reports

“We believe it’s a great time to develop because there’s not a whole lot being developed,” said Robb Bader, vice president of acquisitions and development for St. Louis Park-based Bader Development. His firm, in fact, is gearing up to break ground on a $31 million apartment development in St. Louis Park.

The St. Louis Park-based developer is planning to begin construction on The Ellipse, a project offering 132 rental units and 16,000 square feet of ground floor retail space, at the northwest corner of France Avenue and Excelsior Boulevard.

The
project team includes Minneapolis-based DJR Architecture,
Minneapolis-based Damon Farber Associates as landscape architect and
the Hopkins-based Frana Companies as general contractor. The
Minneapolis-based Ackerberg Group will lease the commercial space in
the building.

SOURCE: Finance and Commerce

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