In a period when the tallest buildlings are going up such as the Shanghai Tower and Burj Dubai it is comforting to see a city that has the initiative to protect its character and urban fabric.
Hangzhou is requiring that buildings that surround the beautiful West Lake should be made less than 24 metres(78.7ft). The Shangri-La hotel on the edge of the Lake will be made to reduce its building.
read more @ the SOURCE: The Guardian – Chinese city to trim tall buildings
China Daily reports
“Giant pandas living in the wild in Sichuan will face a struggle to survive this winter because of the damage caused to their environment by the May 12 earthquake, an expert said Thursday.
In July, the Sichuan government unveiled a 2 billion yuan ($290 million) plan, drawn up by experts from Wolong, Peking University, the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Beijing-based firm Turenscape, to redevelop the reserve.”
[SOURCE: China Daily – Pandas face tough time this winter].
Balitmore Sun reports
“One plan for the long-delayed revitalization of the “superblock,” a crucial piece of Baltimore’s west-side renewal effort, got its first airing before a city design panel today showing a 28-story, T-shaped apartment tower, a 120-room boutique hotel with a restaurant and small and medium size stores.”
[SOURCE: baltimoresun.com – West-side 'superblock' plans unveiled]
RFQ for North Grant Park Renovation: Design & Construction Administration Services
REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS to establish a “short list” of companies (no less than three, but probably no more than five) to receive the by-invitation-only Request for Proposal for design & construction administration services for the renovation of the north-east corner of Grant Park (Daley Bicentennial Plaza, Cancer Survivor’s Garden, and Peanut Park). Submitters MUST have successful experience with projects of comparable scope and magnitude, with particular expertise in landscape architecture, civil engineering, and playground design. There will be a pre-submittal meeting at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, December 15, 2008, in the Lower Level Conference Room of the Administration Building, 541 North Fairbanks Court, 60611.
Find the full RFQ on the Chicago Park District Website (http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/ ).
Spec No: P-08041
Buyer: Ann C. Boger
Active Date: 12/04/08
Due Date: 12/29/08
Contact Phone Number: 312-742-4429
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“AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands, Dec 11, 2008 – Beginning in June 2009, a major new European cultural destination, the greatly expanded Hermitage Amsterdam, will welcome visitors to its elegantly restored 17th-century building in the historic heart of Amsterdam. Renovated at a cost of some 40 million Euros (approximately $50 million), the building has been redesigned as a series of light-filled galleries by Dutch architects Hans van Heeswijk and Merkx + Girod.”
[SOURCE: MarketWatch – A New Cultural Center for Europe, Hermitage Amsterdam, to Open in June 2009]