Environmental Futures 08: Creating the Climate for Change (UK)

Location:QEII Conference Centre, London

Building on the success of environmental futures 07 this year’s conference will combine perspectives from government, business, the investment community and others to:
# Share the latest thinking and policies on the environment, with the focus on a low carbon economy and adaptation to built-in climate change.
# Debate the respective roles of government, business, the investment community, the technology sector and other groups in delivering real change.
# Uncover the mechanisms and measures that will incentives and accelerate progress and stimulate wider behavior change.

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Construction slump forces architecture firms to cut jobs – JSOnline

JSonline reports that

“The recession and credit crunch, which have killed plans for new condominiums, hotels and other projects, are forcing some Milwaukee-area architectural firms to cut jobs.

In recent weeks, Kahler Slater Architects Inc. and Eppstein Uhen Architects Inc. have eliminated 20 positions and 15 positions, respectively. Other firms have made smaller trims as they deal with declining work from developers and other clients.”

SOURCE: JSOnline.com – Construction slump forces architecture firms to cut jobs

As cash slows, developers face challenges – The National Newspaper

“As sales of new homes and villas slow to a near-halt, developers are struggling with a situation that would have been unthinkable just a year ago: no cash flow.” – UAE

SOURCE: The National Newspaper – As cash slows, developers face challenges

Stantec Announces New President & CEO

“Ron Triffo, Chair of the Board of Directors for Stantec announced today that Robert (Bob) Gomes will succeed Tony Franceschini as the Company’s next President & CEO, effective May 15, 2009. Tony Franceschini, who has led Stantec since 1998, will continue to be associated with the Company as a member of the Board of Directors.

Stantec provides professional consulting services in planning, engineering, architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, surveying, environmental sciences, project management, and project economics for infrastructure and facilities projects. Our services are offered through approximately 9,000 employees operating out of more than 150 locations in North America.”

SOURCE: Marketwire – Stantec Press Release – – Stantec Announces New President & CEO 

Super Shopping Centre opens in London – mixed reactions

Westfield London – a new 1.7 billion pound shopping centre has opened to mixed reviews. Many think that the architecture may be understated and could be more grand and uplifting and that it feels like a place just for retailers to push their wares.

In recent years more and more shopping malls are becoming the ‘town squares’ of suburbs and cities with more and more emphasis placed on the secondary uses of shopping malls such as dining out, concerts, people watching and general passive recreation rather than consumption. Although these secondary activities are not welcome by some shopping centre managements.

What do you think of the new Westfield London merely a place to shop or does it add more to the community and area?

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