Building Design reports that “Herzog & de Meuron has unveiled designs for the Madrid headquarters of Spanish bank BBVA.
The design concept proposes creating a small city and artificial oasis on a site on the outskirts of the city, described by the architects as a “desert-like” space”
read the full article with images @ [SOURCE: Building Design – Herzog & de Meuron reveals design for Madrid bank HQ – Building Design].
Khaleej Times Online reports
“The Abu Dhabi Vision 2030 document released on Wednesday last has come in as a morale booster amidst the all-pervasive economic gloomy signals, but the real challenge will be in the execution of the remarkable programmes envisaged in it, according to an expert.”
[SOURCE: Khaleej Times Online – Abu Dhabi’s Vision 2030 Boosts Morale, but the Challenge will be in Execution].
Kristen Johnson of the Post-Journal reports
“Help is on the way for Jamestown’s distressed neighborhoods.
By the end of this year, the city’s Strategic Planning and Partnership Commission hopes to hire a consultant to develop a five-year strategic plan that would include implementation measures to revitalize the city’s distressed neighborhoods.”
SOURCE: Jamestown -Post-Journal – A Plan For The Future – News, Sports, Jobs, Community Information –
Scottish Architecture reports “Russian energy giant Gazprom has pledged to fund the 396m-high RMJM-designed Okhta Centre tower in St Petersburg after the city government suspended its contribution to the project.
Read more at the SOURCE: Scottish Architecture – Gazprom pledges to fully fund RMJM’s St Petersburg tower
Allison Arieff in her blog for the New York Times writes “For a long time now I’ve been obsessed with suburban and exurban master-planned communities and how to make them better. But as the economy and the mortgage crisis just seem to get worse, and gas prices continue to plunge, the issues around housing have changed dramatically. The problem now isn’t really how to better design homes and communities, but rather what are we going to do with all the homes and communities we’re left with.”
Read the full article @ the SOURCE: [NYTimes.com – What Will Save the Suburbs? – Allison Arieff Blog]