Lisbon developers waiting for buildings to be condemned

The Portugal Resident reports that “HUNDREDS OF Lisbon city centre buildings are standing empty because owners don’t have the money to do them up.

Despite being granted planning permission for improvements and change of use, many 19th and early 20th century buildings remain in a dilapidated and rundown state because the owners believe it is cheaper to wait until they have to be torn down and sell the land on to developers….”

Read more @ the SOURCE: The Online Resident – online edition of The Resident – Algarve and Lisbon Edition – News, information and classifieds.

Uncontrolled outdoor advertising floods Ukrainian capital

Caught in a blizzard of outdoor advertising, Kyiv seems to have turned into a slick commercial capital. But while some find the advertising blitzkrieg alluring and profitable, others are desperately trying to cut through the clutter.

Read more @ the SOURCE: Kyiv Post – Uncontrolled outdoor advertising floods Ukrainian capital.

New entrance at Vale do Lobo

JARDIM VISTA, led by Richard Westcott, has recently landscaped a new entrance at one of the Algarve’s most prestigious tourist resorts – Vale do Lobo.

Read more @ the SOURCE: Euro Weekly News – New entrance at Vale do Lobo

Going native right for Aotea Square, claims landscape architect

A native planting theme makes a nice, simple statement for Aotea Square, says landscape architect Rod Barnett.

Mr Barnett, part of the team that has come up with a proposed $25 million makeover of Aotea Square, yesterday hit back at criticism over the loss of flower beds and exotic trees.

Read more @ the SOURCE: Going native right for Aotea Square, claims landscaper – 06 Aug 2008 – NZ Herald: New Zealand National news.

A rare chance to get the Sydney’s waterfront right –

Whether called Barangaroo, East Darling Harbour or the historically evocative Hungry Mile, the site is Sydney’s greatest opportunity in a century to rethink the relationship between the city and harbour.

Read more @ the SOURCE: rare chance to get the city’s waterfront right 

Planning should ‘steer away from cars’ – The Dominion Post

We should be thinking about re-organising our cities, suburbs, and the way we live, to become less dependent on the car, an architect says.

To facilitate this, the vast sums currently spent on roads, water and drainage should instead be used to redevelop towns and cities so people can live more sustainably, Johann Bernhardt says.

Read more @ the SOURCE: Planning should ‘steer away from cars’ – Greenzone – environmental news – The Dominion Post.

Sasaki and Olympic Green – LA TIMES

Christopher Hawthorne wrote an interesting article about the Olympic Architecture and was interesting to read about his conversation with Sasaki about the Beijng Olympic Green as follows:

“I was put through to Dennis Pieprz, the president of the firm, who oversaw its work on the Green. After I asked him whether he would be in the capital during my visit and available to give me a tour of the results, there was a long pause.

“Well, I haven’t been to Beijing in quite some time,” he finally said, explaining that Olympic officials had taken over and modified the Sasaki plan so extensively that the firm now basically disavows the final product.

And there it was, plain as day on the firm’s website, when I went back to check: “Sasaki had no involvement in the design and implementation of the final landscape for the Beijing Olympics.”

So much for signature Olympic architecture. This is something closer to the reverse: A firm anxious to scrub its name from the official record before the Games get underway.”

SOURCE: Los Angeles Times – Chinese architects the winners in Games – .

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