Robot Carpark opens in Dubai

Sick of driving around and around on the carpark ramp to get to that elusive spot on the second last or last level of your cities carpark. Well, the future is here. A 765 car stall robotic carpark has just opened in Dubai at an office and hotel development. Able to handle 250 cars an hour. Drive to the entry leave your car on the lift and away it goes. Just remember not to leave your phone or loved one in the car.

IMAGE SOURCE: Arabian Business

Melbourne suburbs feeling the squeeze

Melbourne’s established suburbs will require 316,000 new dwellings over the next 20 years in a forecast released by the Government of Victoria. In order to determine a more accurate assessment the government has ordered 31 municialities to make “capacity assessments”.

For more information read the article at The Age – Suburbs to squeeze in more houses

Wetland plan gathers dust – Times of India

The Times of India report

The Bidhannagar Municipality had last year proposed that the state tourism department develop the 20-sqkm wetland area almost twice the size of Salt Lake falling under its jurisdiction as an eco-tourism centre. However, no initiative has been taken since then to take the plan forward. The proposal had come in the wake of promoters allegedly trying to construct buildings in parts of the wetlands.

SOURCE: Times of India – Wetland plan gathers dust

RMJM designs first ‘green’ development in Turkey’s financial district


RMJM has today announced details of the US $1 billion development it is designing in Istanbul’s new residential and business district, which will be one of the ‘greenest’ projects in Turkey.

The luxury development – being designed by RMJM’s New York and Istanbul studios – will be located in the Atasehir district of Istanbul.

Set on a highly visible site that features panoramic views stretching from the Bosphorus Strait in the west to the Princes’ Islands and the Sea of Marmara to the south, the 372,000m² development includes a 60-storey tower, 1,500 residential units, a five-star hotel, offices and conference facilities with landscaped public areas and parking facilities.

The aim is to create an iconic complex that takes an innovative approach to planning and sustainability. The development is designed to achieve the ‘LEED’ sustainability accreditation from the US Green Building Council and, as such, would be the first mixed use development of its kind in Turkey. The project is scheduled to be completed in 2011.

SOURCE: RMJM

IMAGE CREDIT: RMJM

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EDAW AECOM planning 26,000 homes at Luton Gateway

The Luton Gateway is one of a number of local delivery organisations set up across the UK in areas identified by the government as being in a prime position to deliver housing……The Luton Gateway has a target to deliver an additional 26,000 homes and 19,000 jobs by 2021.

EDAW AECOM, a leading design and planning consultancy, has been appointed to complete an infrastructure schedule, requirement model and delivery plan and to refresh the Integrated Development Programme (IDP).  This will ensure that the appropriate infrastructure needed has been identified to allow the area to meet the required targets.  Work is already underway and it is expected that the study will be completed by October 2009.

SOURCE: Luton Gateway News: Overview via Planning Resource

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