Dubai to hold property roll out as Emaar, Nakheel merger denied | Dubai Property

AMEInfo.com reports

”The Dubai government has indicated that it is looking at holding down the roll out of upcoming housing units to steady the emirate’s real estate market. The announcement comes as the authorities also denied that a rumoured merger between the city’s two biggest developers, Emaar and government-owned Nakheel Properties, was on the cards.”

SOURCE: AMEinfo.com – Dubai to hold property roll out as Emaar, Nakheel merger denied

WSP GROUP USA TAKES TOP HONORS IN ANNUAL “HOT FIRMS” COMPETITION

WSP Group USA has been ranked No. 1 on the authoritative ZweigWhite list of fastest-growing engineering, environmental and architecture firms for 2008. This award reflects the firm’s consistent growth and success at outperforming the economy and their competitors to become market leaders.

WSP Group USA provides a broad range of speciality services to the energy, environmental, real estate, transportation and infrastructure sectors through four operating units: WSP Flack + Kurtz, WSP Cantor Seinuk, WSP SELLS and WSP Environment & Energy.

[SOURCE: Ewire.com – WSP GROUP USA TAKES TOP HONORS IN ANNUAL \HOT].

Stantec purchases Jacques Whitford

“North American design firm Stantec announced today it has offered to acquire Jacques Whitford, an environmental consulting services firm with more than 1,700 employees and 40 offices principally in Canada. The company’s trailing twelve month gross revenue is approximately C$230.0 million and net revenue is about C$170.0 million.

“Jacques Whitford is a leading provider of environmental management, remediation, and geotechnical engineering services and their addition will significantly strengthen our core capabilities in our Environment practice,” says Tony Franceschini, Stantec President & CEO.

[SOURCE Stantec]

Landslide 2008: Marvels of Modernism (until Dec 4)

George Eastman House
Rochester, New York
November 19, 2008 to January 4, 2009

The Cultural Landscape Foundation, Garden Design magazine, and George Eastman House
International Museum of Photography and Film Announce the 2008 ‘Landslide’ Designees:
Marvels of Modernism

Modernist landscapes with boomerang curves, reservoirs inspired by Joan Miro paintings, animated fountains, soaring roof gardens, geometric earthworks, futuristic Fair grounds, and sunken and expansive plazas all became celebrated design elements during the nation’s massive post‐World War II development. These experimental and innovative expressions, adopted by maverick landscape architects such as Dan Kiley and Lawrence Halprin, became a catalyst for inserting Modern design sensibilities into newly minted public and private spaces. During this period, designers, their clients, and patrons utilized revolutionary new and experimental materials, and subdued transitions between indoor and outdoor spaces to infuse Modern forms into classic sensibilities. However, until recently, many of these designs have been misunderstood and underappreciated. To draw attention to these irreplaceable works, the 2008 Landslide theme: Marvels of Modernism, spotlights our diverse postwar garden and landscape heritage.
[SOURCE: Cultural Landscape Foundation]

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University of Leicester stakes £1 billion to secure elite status

The University of Leicester — recently crowned University of the Year — has launched a £1 billion campus development to help it move into the top ten of British universities.

The building programme, one of the biggest ever undertaken in the sector, will strengthen Leicester’s unique position as an elite university committed to widening access to higher education.

Architects – Shepheard Epstein Hunter

SOURCE: University of Leicester – University of Leicester stakes £1 billion to secure elite status.

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