Government to boost Chinese property market

Facing a housing market lull which could drag China’s economy further in the backdrop of a worldwide financial crisis, Beijing is probing possibilities to loosen its macro control to activate the real estate sector.

As many as 18 Chinese cities, including Shanghai,Guangzhou,Hangzhou and Xi’an, have announced detailed policies to boost their property market, which have seen at least four months of consecutive drops in housing prices.

SOURCE: Chinadaily.com – Government to boost Chinese property market.

RMJM boss: architecture dominated by white middle aged men – Building

Peter Morrison says industry must lose its “old boy’s club” image

The architectural industry is dominated by white middle aged men and needs to shed its “old boy’s club” image, according to the head of one of the largest architectural firms in the UK.

Peter Morrison, chief executive of RMJM, said the profession should become more open to women and people from black and ethnic minority groups.

Read more @ the SOURCE: Building.co.uk – RMJM boss: architecture dominated by white middle aged men

Estate Gardens by ValleyCrest Launches in Dallas

ValleyCrest Companies, the leading national full-service landscape firm with $1 billion in revenue, today announced that they will be re-branding the residential design-build efforts in the Dallas area under the Estate Gardens by ValleyCrest name. Providing seamless design-build services, Estate Gardens by ValleyCrest offers luxury residential landscape services to homeowners, architects, developers and building contractors.

SOURCE (PRNEWSWIRE.com) – Estate Gardens by ValleyCrest Launches in Dallas.

Hyder appoints new CEO

 Ivor Catto, currently a member of the Executive Board of Atkins, has been named as successor to Tim Wade as chief executive of Hyder Consulting.

He will take on the role on 1 December. Tim Wade, who had announced he would retire on 31 August, will stay on until that date.

SOURCE: Hyder Consulting News

RMJM help inner city youths become architects

Scotsman.com reports that RMJM the Edinburgh based firm has launched a  project worth £1m  in conjuction with the Stephen Lawrence Trust to encourage more inner city youths from ethnic minorities to pursue a career in architecture.

RMJM worked on the Scottish Parliament building hopes that the project will increase the diversity and creativity of architecture and help address the global skills shortage that will become more pressing over the next 25 years as more architects retire.

SOURCE: RMJM has designs for young urban architects – Scotsman.com Business.

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