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

Gulf Landscaping – Abu Dhabi

Gulf Landscaping is an exhibition for the booming Middle East outdoor design and landscaping architecture industries. The exhibition will serve as a sourcing platform and networking event for the regions landscape architects, developers, contractors and other key buyers to enable them to select products, services and solutions for the huge number of major developments in the commercial, retail, leisure and residential sectors, as well as city parks and highways.

Location Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, United Arab Emirates

Event Website www.gulflandscaping.com

Solar-powered cars begin race to Calgary

CBC.ca reports that 15 solar-powered cars, including four managed by teams from Canadian schools, rolled out of a suburb of Dallas, Texas, on Sunday en route to Calgary in the 2008 North American Solar Challenge.

The race should end on July 22 at the University of Calgary

CBC.ca – Solar-powered cars begin race to Calgary.

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.

Climate Change top of the Agenda @ G8

Numerous news sources have reported on the G8 summit with Climate Change seen as the one of the top issues that needs to be addressed. The other critical issues are being referred to as the 3F Crisis – Food, Fuel, Finance. With many countries heading into slow down and some a recession with high inflation and the skyrocketing price of oil.

Reuters reports that The G8 has gone green with this summit with Carbon Offsetting of all attendees and reporters of flights, hotel accomodation. Also the car fleet being a mix of plug ins, hybrids and hydrogen vehicles including the Honda FCX Clarity recently announced to be leased to Californians. Read more at Reuters

SOURCE: Xinhua, Reuters, Guardian

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