“Consultants and contractors shed staff in wake of collapsing real estate sector.
Dubai-based consultants and contractors are now laying off thousands of staff, as increasing numbers of projects are being shelved in the wake of the collapse of the real estate sector.”
read the full article @ the [SOURCE: MEED – Dubai-based firms announce thousands of redundancies].
The National Newspaper reports
“Construction companies are restructuring salary packages and relocating staff within the Gulf to try to counteract the slowdown in Dubai and avoid redundancies.”
read the full article @ the SOURCE: The National Newspaper – Property firms adapt to tough times
LA Times takes a look at the Best and Worst Architecture
“China stood astride the architecture world this year. Its Olympic class of landmarks offered a dizzying range of styles — some sleek, some daring and some thoroughly conventional — and at least three individual buildings”
Read the full article @ the [SOURCE: Los Angeles Times – Best (and worst) of 2008: Architecture]
Houston Chronicle reports
“Houston can’t quite get the hang of downtown parks, though other cities have featured this bit of urban design for millennia. There’s a valiant new effort, though, to lift Market Square Park up to its potential. If it works, credit should go to the planners for asking what humans really want in an oasis.”
read the full article @ Chron.com – Houston Chronicle – Marketing Market Square: New plans for park account for humans, and dogs