Professor Robert Gottlieb Interview by Streetsblog

Streetblog posted an interview with “Robert Gottlieb is the Henry R. Luce Professor of Urban Environmental Studies and Director of the Urban Environmental Policy Institute at Occidental College. The Institute seeks to marry education with action and thus Gottlieb and his students have become a major force for transportation reform in Los Angeles”.

read the full interview @ the [SOURCE: Streetsblog » Streetsblog Interview: Professor Robert Gottlieb]

Construction of NCKU Green Building Kicked Off – MarketWatch

The blueprint of the most pioneering green building in National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) and also probably the first of its kind in the world, namely the Education Center for Subtropical Green Buildings (ECSGB) with an alias as “Green Magic School”, was recently approved by the City Urban Planning Committee of Tainan City in November, 2008, and simultaneously awarded by the Architecture and Building Research Institute of the Ministry of the Interior as a “Diamond Level Candidate for Green Building Labeling”. The detailed construction and design layout of this Green Magic School has been also completed on December 17th. Public tender on the construction work of the NCKU ECSGB is expected to be called around January of 2009 with an aim for completion of all construction work by 2010.

[SOURCE: MarketWatch – Construction of NCKU Green Building Kicked Off]

Daniel Parker: Why bother ‘planning’ if we defy smart growth? – tallahassee.com – Tallahassee Democrat

The Dec. 14 Associated Press analysis “Planning hasn’t prevented growing pains” needs to be put into local perspective to fully understand the difference between a legal view to planning and a sustainable one.

read the full blog piece @ the SOURCE:  tallahassee.com – Tallahassee Democrat Daniel Parker: Why bother ‘planning’ if we defy smart growth?

Dubai-based firms announce thousands of redundancies – MEED

MEED.com reports

“Consultants and contractors shed staff in wake of collapsing real estate sector.

Dubai-based consultants and contractors are now laying off thousands of staff, as increasing numbers of projects are being shelved in the wake of the collapse of the real estate sector.”

read the full article @ the [SOURCE: MEED – Dubai-based firms announce thousands of redundancies].

Property firms adapt to tough times – The National Newspaper

The National Newspaper reports

“Construction companies are restructuring salary packages and relocating staff within the Gulf to try to counteract the slowdown in Dubai and avoid redundancies.”

read the full article @ the SOURCE: The National NewspaperProperty firms adapt to tough times

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