Defying the downturn, city builds even higher – Shanghai Daily

Three months after opening the world’s second-tallest skyscraper, Shanghai is about to start construction of an even taller building – in the face of an economic slowdown and falling property prices.

Construction on the 632-meter Shanghai Tower, expected to cost 14.8 billion yuan (US$2.17 billion), will begin in Pudong’s Lujiazui financial district tomorrow, developers said yesterday.

[SOURCE: Shanghai Daily – Defying the downturn, city builds even higher]

The Architecture Research Unit’s islands of possibility – Building Design

Building Design reports on London Metropolitan University’s Architecture Research Unit has proposed one of three schemes chosen for the next stage in the development of South Korea’s enormous new reclaimed city of Saemangeum.

to read more goto the [SOURCE: The Architecture Research Unit’s islands of possibility - Building Design].

Mega-bridge ready to roll – The Standard(HK)

The Standard(HK) reports that “Tenders for the design of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge will be invited on Monday, kick-starting the HK$40 billion project to be bankrolled by the three governments and topped up by bank loans.

The project is among the 10 top infrastructure works which Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen wants to activate to create thousands of jobs during the financial crisis.

Hong Kong will pay 50.2 percent of the project, Guangdong 35.1 percent and Macau 14.7 percent.”

[SOURCE: The Standard - Hong Kong's First FREE English Newspaper].

Prime Minister Balkenende opens HanzeForum

Dutch Prime Minister Balkenende officially opened the new HanzeForum in Groningen, The Netherlands. The HanzeForum is an integral part of the Zernike Campus, a lively area where education, knowledge-building and entrepreneurship come together.
The Prime Minister started his visit at the Atrium of the Van Olst Tower to unveil the artwork of Marthe Röling. After that he toured the campus area and revealed the new name of the building of the Institute for Sports Studies.

West 8 designed the master plan for the Zernike Campus and made the detailed landscape design for the HanzeForum

Image SOURCE: WEST 8
Image Credit: WEST 8

[SOURCE: West 8 Urban Design & Landscape Architecture / news / Prime Minister Balkenende opens HanzeForum].

Londoners vote for park grants

The Mayor of London has launched a website and campaign for Londoners to vote for which park they think deserves upgrading.

Ten of the Forty Seven parks in London will be granted up to £400,000(USD$616,000)

Voting ends on 5pm, 30 January 2009, so hurry and vote now to Help a London Park.

SOURCE: London.gov.uk – Help a London Park.

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