Over 500 delegates and 60 industry experts will attend the Arabian World Construction Summit (AWCS) 2009 to discuss the changing face of the region’s construction industry in light of the global economic downturn.
To be held from 9-11 February at the Emirates Palace Hotel, Abu Dhabi, UAE the summit will witness experts deliberating on key factors that will help the industry tide over the toughest crisis in more than 10 years.
Richard Thompson, Editor for MEED, said: “The construction industry in the region has enjoyed dynamic growth over the past few years but we have witnessed demand stagnating for the first time in a decade following the global economic situation. This is compounded by master developers placing projects on hold to focus more on riding out the current conditions and meeting tight deadlines for developments already underway.”
Key industry leaders who will lead panel discussions at AWCS 2009 will include Abdul Majeed Al Fahim, Chairman of Pearl Dubai, Ali H. Kolaghassi, Vice-President – Corporate Business Development with Saudi Oger, Sami Asad, Chief Operating Officer of Aldar Properties, and Mounir D. Haider, CEO of Sorouh Real Estate.
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Louise Gray reports for the Telegraph (UK)
“Harvard professor Martha Schwartz said the gardening culture has led to a profusion of beautiful private gardens.
But policy-makers do not attach so much importance to the aesthetic quality of streets, squares or parks because the public does not demand the same high standards in open areas that they attach to their own gardens, she claims.
She said the country needs to leave behind the romanticised ideology of the private garden, which is “holding Britain back”.”
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Architect’s Journal reports
“The six-strong shortlist for the 7,000m² King’s Cross Square in London has finally been announced following months of delays
Architects Stanton Williams, Gehl Architects and Field Operations head up three of the teams, with landscape architects Martha Schwartz Partners, Gustafson Porter and Gross.Max leading the remaining three.
The international competition received 101 expressions of interest and the shortlist announcement was initially due in the summer of 2008.”
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LORI STAHL of the Dallas Morning News reports
“The landscape architect selected to design the surroundings of the Bush Library is known for tackling tricky, prominent projects, including Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House.
Michael Van Valkenburgh, principal of a New York- and Cambridge-based design firm, is a recently announced key member of the design team that will create the Bush Library on a narrow tract of land between SMU and Central Expressway.”
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David Ng at the Los Angeles Times reports “A jogging route designed by Mia Lehrer’s firm helps open up a reservoir area to more public use — not necessarily a goal that pleases everyone.
For the last 10 years, Mia Lehrer + Associates has been making its mark on public-space projects throughout Southern California, with commissions in L.A. and Orange counties. Lehrer said the Silver Lake project ranks as one of the most satisfying but also frustrating experiences of her career.”
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