Hangzhou Shangri-la to get shorter

In a period when the tallest buildlings are going up such as the Shanghai Tower and Burj Dubai it is comforting to see a city that has the initiative to protect its character and urban fabric.

Hangzhou is requiring that buildings that surround the beautiful West Lake should be made less than 24 metres(78.7ft). The Shangri-La hotel on the edge of the Lake will be made to reduce its building.

read more @ the SOURCE: The Guardian – Chinese city to trim tall buildings

Pandas face tough time this winter

China Daily reports

“Giant pandas living in the wild in Sichuan will face a struggle to survive this winter because of the damage caused to their environment by the May 12 earthquake, an expert said Thursday.

In July, the Sichuan government unveiled a 2 billion yuan ($290 million) plan, drawn up by experts from Wolong, Peking University, the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Beijing-based firm Turenscape, to redevelop the reserve.”

[SOURCE: China Daily – Pandas face tough time this winter].

Chicago Park District looking for D&C Admin for North Grant Park

RFQ for North Grant Park Renovation: Design & Construction Administration Services

REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS to establish a “short list” of companies (no less than three, but probably no more than five) to receive the by-invitation-only Request for Proposal for design & construction administration services for the renovation of the north-east corner of Grant Park (Daley Bicentennial Plaza, Cancer Survivor’s Garden, and Peanut Park). Submitters MUST have successful experience with projects of comparable scope and magnitude, with particular expertise in landscape architecture, civil engineering, and playground design. There will be a pre-submittal meeting at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, December 15, 2008, in the Lower Level Conference Room of the Administration Building, 541 North Fairbanks Court, 60611.

Find the full RFQ on the Chicago Park District Website (http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/ ).

Spec No: P-08041
Buyer: Ann C. Boger
Active Date: 12/04/08
Due Date: 12/29/08
Contact Phone Number: 312-742-4429
Email: ann.boger@chicagoparkdistrict.com

 


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Marshalls release ‘Halt the Greenwash’ publication

Halt the Greenwash
A new publication aimed at raising awareness of false eco and ethical pledges within the landscaping industry

SOURCE: Marshalls

Crossrail announces Design Framework Agreements

“Crossrail today announced the 12 firms who have secured Design Framework Agreements. The chosen firms will have the opportunity to compete for packages of design work on the Crossrail project, including work on tunnels and shafts, stations, and railway systems.

Following an evaluation of all the received bids, the successful bidders are: Aedas Group Ltd, Atkins Ltd, BDP Ltd, Capita Symonds Ltd, Halcrow Group Ltd, Hyder Consulting (UK) Ltd, Jacobs Engineering U.K. Ltd, Mott MacDonald Ltd, Ove Arup & Partners International Ltd, Parsons Brinckerhoff Ltd, Scott Wilson Railways Ltd, and WSP UK Limited.”

[SOURCE: Crossrail].

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