Russian City Risks Its World Heritage Status Over new tower

Saint Petersburg, the imperial capital of Russia famed for its elegance and beauty, risks losing status as a world heritage site under plans by a Scottish company to build the highest tower in Europe there.

RMJM, Edinburgh-based co-architects of the contro-versial Holyrood building, have designed the £1bn-plus, 396m Okhta Tower as headquarters for state-controlled Gazprom – one of the world’s largest energy companies.

The proposals have promp-ted an outcry from heritage and conservation groups that it would ruin St Petersburg’s historic skyline.

Russian City Risks Its World Heritage Status Over Scotsdesigned Tower (from The Herald – UK ).

Best cities to live in Canada- Calgary tops the list

Calgary is the best Canadian city in which to live and the third best in North America, a Conference Board study released this week suggests.

The report rates urban centres’ attractiveness along seven main categories, such as economy, housing and health, and 46 sub-categories, such as commuting time and crime.

The top six cities were, in order, Calgary, Toronto, Vancouver, Edmonton, Victoria and Ottawa-Gatineau.

The Calgary Sun – City tops list says report.

Going green with a cycleway above the streets

LIKE the walkways built in the canopies above rainforests, North Sydney Council hopes to lift pedestrians and cyclists above the urban jungle, with an ambitious plan to build an elevated path running from the southern end of the Harbour Bridge to as far north as Falcon Street.

The path, still at the concept stage and estimated to cost up to $30 million, would run 2 kilometres from the deck level of the bridge to St Leonards Park and Falcon Street along the Warringah Freeway. The council hopes that by bypassing North Sydney’s hilly streets, traffic congestion and car pollution, many more people will walk or ride to work.

Going green with a cycleway above the streets – Environment – smh.com.au. Sydney Morning Herald

Government bans urban dwellers from buying farm houses

The Chinese central government is reiterating that urban dwellers are banned from buying residential land or houses from farmers. Contrary to a recent report, the Chinese Ministry of Land and Resources says land owned collectively by villagers’ committee will not be allowed to be used for commercial residential projects.

Houses built on rural land can only be sold to rural residents or villagers. The ministry also adds those vague properties are also banned from renting to urban residents.

CCTV International.

Plans wilt as RTA kills trees on William Street Sydney

A PICTURESQUE corridor of newly-planted trees was supposed help a run-down William St become a Parisian-style boulevard following the opening of the Cross City Tunnel.

But with the RTA bungling its planting and maintenance effort, up to 64 of the 73 trees are either dead or dying.

Plans wilt as RTA kills trees on William Street | The Daily Telegraph.

Environmental campaigners against Morocco’s coastal developments – News, analysis, reports

MOROCCO. Ecologists say a tragedy is unfolding in North Africa where construction firms are moving in on some of the last unspoilt stretches of Mediterranean coastline in the search for profits.

With Spain trying to preserve what remains undeveloped on its built-up shoreline, Morocco has stepped forward as a willing host for large-scale tourism development as it seeks to narrow the North-South wealth divide and lift millions out of poverty.

Business Intelligence Middle East – bi-me.com – Environmental campaigners against Morocco’s coastal developments – News, analysis, reports.

Busan to Have 117-Story Building(The Korea Times)

Busan Metropolitan City will launch a big project to build a 117-story resort building. According to Busan Urban Development Corporation (BUDC), it will enter into an agreement with “Triple Square Consortium (TSC)’’ on Tuesday to construct the super large resort building at Haeundae, the biggest beach in the country.

If the agreement is completed, TSC will dig ground for the construction, which is scheduled to end in December next year. A total of 1,540 billion won will be invested for the 511 meter-tall building in the land size of 584,000-meter square.

Busan to Have 117-Story Building(The Korea Times).

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