After 33 years, Chennai has got its second master plan, and much hope is placed on it to positively shape the metroplis. However, even before the plan could be implemented through a Government Order, an important railway link has been dropped and land uses are changed. The recent fire accident in T. Nagar is a reminder about the poor implementation of plan and rules. Will the new plan deliver what it promises and is the CMDA equipped to implement it?
read more @ the SOURCE: The Hindu : Second master plan – what’s next? city pulse.
CONSTRUCTION of the world’s second seven star hotel will begin in Sanya, Hainan Province this year with a budget of up to 2 billion yuan (US$292 million).
The 120-meter-high hotel is expected to open to the public in 2011. It will be managed by Fairmont Hotels & Resorts Inc, which manages 120 hotels in 23 countries and regions around the world, Beijing Times reported today.
SOURCE: Star studded hotel plans — Shanghai Daily
More than 4,500 people have joined a new scheme to ease congestion on Dubai’s roads, it has been announced.
The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) said the number of subscribers to its carpooling service, known as ‘Sharekni’, has exceeded 4,525 – just one month after launching this service.
SOURCE: ArabianBusiness.com – 4,500 sign up to Dubai car sharing scheme – Transportation –
Besides its iconic Bund, Shanghai has plans to preserve as much of its less than 100-year-old architectural and cultural heritage.
EVEN though Shanghai does not have much architectural heritage, the city is doing everything it can to preserve whatever is there.
read more @ the SOURCE: thestar.com.my – Young city sets space for heritage.
Pursuing a longtime quest to foster academic collaboration in the education of architects and landscape architects, a Penn State alumnus has committed $20 million to encourage even more cross-disciplinary learning opportunities for students in the two programs.
SOURCE: Penn State Live – Stuckeman gives $20 million to architecture and landscape architecture.
The annual number of students applying to study architecture has jumped by almost 10,000 in the past four years, making architecture degrees more popular than ever.
Read more @ the SOURCE: Architecture degrees leap in popularity – Building Design.