Dover Esplanade Design Competition – Landscape Institute(UK)

The Landscape Institute is running a competition for

“Dover Esplanade design competition is a two-stage design competition to produce an innovative design for a significant section of harbour-side beach and public realm on Dover’s waterfront. The aim is to create a modern and attractive new seafront that will become a major attraction to visitors and residents of Dover alike.

The competition is being run by the Landscape Institute Competitions Office under the auspices of a partnership comprising Dover Harbour Board, Dover District Council, Kent County Council, SEEDA, and English Heritage.

The project is being funded jointly by SeaChange and the partnership. SeaChange is a government initiative led by CABE in partnership with Arts Council England, BIG Lottery, English Heritage, Heritage Lottery Fund, Museums, Libraries and Archives Council, and the Regional Development Agencies.

The deadline for expressions of interest is 23 January 2009

Contact Sabina Mohideen, competitions@landscapeinstitute.org for a copy of the stage 1 brief.

[SOURCE: Landscape Institute: Dover Esplanade Design Competition]

Global Hyatt to add 20 hotels in 5 years (in India)

Business Standard “Global Hyatt Corporation, a US-based premier hotel chain operator, has announced an expansion initiative involving erection of 20 new hotel properties in the next five years.”

[SOURCE: Business Standard – Global Hyatt to add 20 hotels in 5 years]

Job cuts on the rise in Dubai – Gulfnews

Gulfnews reports “WS Atkins, a leading British engineering consultancy firm, have laid off 170 professionals, bringing the total number of redundancies in Dubai to well over 3,200.

Around 35 people had also been sacked from WSP and 15 from the Burj Dubai project at Hyder Consulting. Al Shafar General Contracting also shed nearly 1,000 staff members.”

[SOURCE: Gulfnews: Job cuts on the rise in Dubai]

Sienna Architecture will close its doors – OregonLive.com

OregonLive.com reports “One of Portland’s most venerable architecture firms is closing its doors, another victim of a stumbling economy.

Sienna Architecture Co., founded in 1951….in October, Sienna downsized its downtown Portland office from 45 to 25 and retained only four of its nine Seattle employees” sadly now it is set to close its doors.

[SOURCE: OregonLive.com – Sienna Architecture will close its doors]

Architecture’s Reality Check: Global Downturn Dooms Prestige Construction Projects – SPIEGEL ONLINE

SPIEGEL ONLINE  reports  “The financial crisis has led to the cancellation of spectacular construction projects in the previously booming metropolises of Dubai, Moscow and Abu Dhabi. Does the demise of overblown architecture spell an opportunity for sustainable building?”

read the full article @ the SOURCE: SPIEGEL ONLINE – Architecture’s Reality Check: Global Downturn Dooms Prestige Construction Projects

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