Three months after opening the world’s second-tallest skyscraper, Shanghai is about to start construction of an even taller building – in the face of an economic slowdown and falling property prices.
Construction on the 632-meter Shanghai Tower, expected to cost 14.8 billion yuan (US$2.17 billion), will begin in Pudong’s Lujiazui financial district tomorrow, developers said yesterday.
[SOURCE: Shanghai Daily – Defying the downturn, city builds even higher]
The Standard(HK) reports that “Tenders for the design of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge will be invited on Monday, kick-starting the HK$40 billion project to be bankrolled by the three governments and topped up by bank loans.
The project is among the 10 top infrastructure works which Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen wants to activate to create thousands of jobs during the financial crisis.
Hong Kong will pay 50.2 percent of the project, Guangdong 35.1 percent and Macau 14.7 percent.”
[SOURCE: The Standard – Hong Kong’s First FREE English Newspaper].
The Mayor of London has launched a website and campaign for Londoners to vote for which park they think deserves upgrading.
Ten of the Forty Seven parks in London will be granted up to £400,000(USD$616,000)
Voting ends on 5pm, 30 January 2009, so hurry and vote now to Help a London Park.
SOURCE: London.gov.uk – Help a London Park.
The Age reports
“MELBOURNE(Australia) might continue to sprawl to the west, with a potential shift of the city’s urban growth boundary revealed in plans for a new ring road.
The outer metropolitan ring road, which will also include a rail link, will run in an arc from Avalon Airport to the Hume Highway.
The road is set to be included in the State Government’s transport plan, due out within days.”
SOURCE: The Age.com.au – Melbourne urban sprawl may grow with new outer ring road.
DAILY TRIUMPH reports
“AS part of the resolve to achieve its urban renewal objectives, Kano state government says it is set to make the ancient city one of the most beautiful cities not only in Nigeria but the world over.
In this regard, the state Urban Planning and Development Authority (KNUPDA) is currently conducting various beautification exercises toward achieving the set goals.”
[SOURCE: DAILY TRIUMPH-Urban renewal programme: Green areas for Kano soon]
There are few more forbidding environments than the American jail system. But it appears that urban life in India may be worse. According to the latest Indian government figures, people in its cities have just 5.5 sq m (59 sq ft) per person – the minimum specified for US prisons.
[SOURCE: Guardian – India’s urban poor are being squeezed for living space]