Function meets form – The National Newspaper

National Newspaper reports that

“Marks Barfield Architects, the award-winning London-based practice, are aiming for an organic look that is informed by nature.

DAD, a project by Abyaar, a Kuwaiti boutique real estate developer, is a 26-hectare commercial, residential and retail project within Dubai’s International Media Production Zone. And Marks Barfield has been commissioned to design several core components of it: 11 residential buildings with a gross built area of 2.1 million sq. ft., a central clubhouse, children’s playground and seven retail units. Central to the project will be the three Pebble buildings. Construction is scheduled for completion in the last quarter of 2011.”

[SOURCE: Function meets form - The National Newspaper].

Building could slow at Ajman emirate’s dream city

The Guardian (UK) reports that

“Construction of a $60 billion city in the emirate of Ajman could be slowed, its developer says, in another sign that the global economic crisis is hitting the Middle East’s grand development plans.”

[SOURCE: Business Feed Article | Business | guardian.co.uk]

Abu Dhabi’s UPC launches Estidama sustainable programme

To enable Plan Abu Dhabi 2030, the Urban Structure Framework Plan for Abu Dhabi, to establish a distinctive framework for measuring sustainability performance beyond the usual planning and construction phases, The Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC), the agency responsible for the future of Abu Dhabi’s urban environments, is addressing sustainability concerns of the community at large through 4 key angles; environmental, economic, social and cultural.

By setting up new standards, the UPC, through its Estidama sustainable program, has developed its “Community Sustainable Responsibility” initiative, Estidama CSR 2030 (ECSR 2030).

SOURCE: WAM.

Blue Is the New Green – - NYTimes.com

Allison Arieff in her Blog at the NYTimes.com looks at how water is becoming the new green now that oil has dropped to $60 a barrel.

Here is an excert from her blog “Although 70 percent of the earth is covered with water, just 3 percent of that water is fit for human consumption. This isn’t going to improve anytime soon. Failures in water-related infrastructure result in lost biodiversity, higher temperatures, increased flooding, massive impact on energy and unsafe, unsanitary water.”

Read more of Allison Arieff Blog @ the SOURCE: NYTimes.comBlue Is the New Green – Allison Arieff Blog

Wheels are turning for cycle hire

Ambitious plans to provide a cycle hire scheme in London by May 2010 are achievable according to a feasibility study released on the 18 November. Transport for London has now invited companies interested in running the scheme to get in touch with them.

SOURCE: Greater London Authority – Press Release.

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