UAE construction outlook still optimistic despite global crisis – Gulf News

Gulf News reports

“The demand for engineers, architects and senior managers in the construction industry in the UAE has slumped due to the global financial turmoil but has not halted, a construction recruitment company official said.”

[SOURCE: Gulfnews: UAE construction outlook still optimistic despite global crisis].

Urban farming school takes root

Vancouver Sun reports “A school of urban farming — a North American first — is finding fertile soil in Richmond.

Richmond’s parks, recreation, and cultural services committee has unanimously endorsed the concept of an urban farm school and directed staff to investigate city land for such a project, either at Terra Nova park at the west end of Westminster Highway, or the south end of Gilbert Road.”

[SOURCE: Vancouver Sun – Urban farming school takes root].

China Pavillion ready for its red paint

Workers finish construction yesterday on the concrete support structure for the Shanghai 2010 World Expo’s China Pavilion.

IMAGE CREDIT & SOURCE: Shanghai Daily

Winners of the RIBA Annie Spink Award 2008 announced

Professor Andrew MacMillan and Professor Isi Metzstein have been named as joint winners of the RIBA Annie Spink Award for Excellence in Architectural Education.

[SOURCE: RIBA – Winners of the RIBA Annie Spink Award 2008 announced].

Defying the downturn, city builds even higher – Shanghai Daily

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]

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