The UAE may soon be the world’s premiere home for theme parks as an increasing number of entertainment giants such as Paramount Pictures and Marvel Entertainment are teaming up with local developers to build mega resorts in the country. However, as billions of dollars are being poured into these projects, some experts are raising concerns about whether these parks will be as successful as hoped.
SOURCE: AMEinfor.com – UAE prepares for theme park boom – UAE Focus.
Every year the Royal Horticultural Society hold the Chelsea Flower Show which also gives garden designers to show their skills and some of the latest garden trends. But the most prominent trends is going ‘green’ and not just the plants.
Many designers are showing the public how to use their garden for sustainable purposes and reinvigorate trends such as maximising small spaces, indigenous vegetation, solar energy, water harversting, vegetable plots, and the biggest current trend – green vertical landscapes (green walls).
The Chelsea Flower Show show starts tomorrow(20 May) and runs until the 24 May.
High-profile arts facilities aren’t the only action around the Dallas Arts District.
Construction cranes bob over projects in the Dallas Arts District. A symposium will look at the effects of the downtown development.
Tonight a group of Harvard University students will present ideas for developing underused land at the district’s southeast corner. The presentation, titled “Good Design Makes Good Business,” will explore the impact of star-architect-designed arts facilities on commercial development nearby.
The symposium will be at 6:30 tonight at the Federal Reserve Building, after receptions for Harvard alumni and the public. Because of security requirements, reservations were required by Friday.
SOURCE: Dallas Morning News – Harvard students plan use of urban developments near Dallas Arts District
The Concrete Dragon: China’s Urban Revolution and What it Means for the World, by Visiting Professor Dr. Thomas Campanella of the GSD Department of Urban Planning and Design, was recently publishedby Princeton University Press.
The book surveys aspects of rapid urbanization in China during the post-Mao era, exploring the driving forces behind the great Chinese building boom. Concrete Dragon also traces the historical precedents and global flows of ideas and information that are fusing to create a bold new Chinese cityscape. Historian Jonathan Spence has called The Concrete Dragon “a fascinating and timely book that sets the scene for any further discussion of China’s explosive urban growth across the last twenty years.” British urbanist Sir Peter Hall writes, “Anyone interested in contemporary cities, anyone interested in contemporary China, has to read it.”
Thomas J. Campanella is associate professor of urban planning and design at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has also taught at MIT and Nanjing University in China, and was a Fulbright fellow at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. His previous books include Cities from the Sky (2001) and Republic of Shade (2003), winner of the Spiro Kostof Award from the Society of Architectural Historians.
SOURCE: Harvard Graduate School of Design
Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) and IIR Middle East, part of the Informa Group, have revealed that 50,000 participants attended this year’s Cityscape Abu Dhabi, which was held at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre from May 13 – 16. During the four day event it is estimated that Billions of Dirhams worth of property deals were done.
SOURCE: Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) / Exhibitions, Conferences in Abu Dhabi. UAE.
“The London Festival of Architecture this Summer will be the biggest event of its kind in the world. It will involve all the major players in London’s environment including the Mayor, Design for London, local authorities, officers and members, and major developers, not to mention some of the world’s leading architects.
The buzz of activity will move across five Hubs over five weekends, with exhibitions, cycle tours, walks, talks, performances, installations and interventions, boat trips along the Thames and large scale street animations each weekend, all focusing on the theme of FRESH!”
The University of Pennsylvania plans to announce today that Marilyn Jordan Taylor, FAIA, a long-time partner at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, will be the new dean of its School of Design.
Taylor, a pioneering female architect widely respected for her leadership in complex urban projects and civic initiatives, joined SOM 35 years ago. She was elected partner in 1985 and in 2001 became the firm’s first female chairman.
Her appointment at PennDesign takes effect October 1, 2008.
SOURCE:Architectural Record – Penn Announces New Architecture Dean