Macau looks into different resort types

Macua is looking into developing resorts with a difference, currently most of the resorts in Macau cater mainly for gamblers with the numerous casinos opening up over the last 5 years.

The change in direction from Developers in Macau is not only due to a the economic downtown with developers such as Sands laying off 11,000 workers but also due to the recent visiting restrictions for Mainland visitors.

From our own visits to Macau we found that in the last 12 months food prices in restaurants have increased dramatically, taxi fares have risen over 20% and most of all the resorts are geared towards gamblers not families.

Families have realised that after to going to Macau once and you have seen the historical sites there is not much else for families to do if you go for a second trip.

Inspiration for Landscape Architect Media article was “Macau mulls plans to develop more integrated resorts to attract visitors” posted by Channelnewsasia.com

DEVELOPMENT: Urban renewal’s upside – News Articles – Rochester City Newspaper

Despite a much-prized location in the center of downtown, Manhattan Square Park is still unknown to many people.

The five-acre site, which was designed by modernist architect Lawrence Halprin and opened to the public in 1974, has recently been recognized by the Cultural Landscape Foundation. Halprin’s design has received the organization’s Marvels of Modernism Award. The award highlights modernist landscapes, parks, plazas, and playgrounds – some in need of public attention and major restoration.

SOURCE: rochestercitynewspaper.com – DEVELOPMENT: Urban renewal’s upside – News Articles – Rochester City Newspaper.

UT Dallas breaks ground on major landscaping project | Richardson | pegasusnews.com

Pegasis News reports

“On Thursday, Nov. 20 at 2 p.m., there’ll be a groundbreaking ceremony adjacent to the McDermott Library on the campus of the University of Texas at Dallas.

The groundbreaking marks the start of a major landscaping project undertaken by the firm of Peter Walker and Partners, who have been contracted to spiff up the ol’ UTD grounds in welcoming and user-friendly fashion.”

SOURCE: Pegasus News – UPDATED: UT Dallas breaks ground on major landscaping project

City approves development plans for Publix – Dothan Eagle

Dothan Eagle(USA) reports

Some Dothan Planning Commissioners said it was among the best projects that has come before the board in 20 years in terms of reaching out to neighbors to protect their quality of life.

By putting in a 10-foot undisturbed buffer, a 30-foot landscaped berm, a 6-foot privacy fence, and a retention pond that is both fenced and stocked with bream to keep down the insects, Publix (retail)and Aronov Realty Management are proving to be good neighbors indeed.

SOURCE: Dothan EagleCity approves development plans for Publix |

Monitoring Green Roof Performance with Weather Stations – Renewable Energy World

Renewable Energy World.com reports

In the world of environmentally sensitive and sustainable building, green roofs are becoming more popular in new commercial building and renovation projects. The investment in covering a roof with soil and plants can pay off through mitigating stormwater runoff, lessening the heat island effect and offsetting interior heating and cooling costs.

In order to verify that a green roof is indeed providing the benefits to justify the investment, it’s important to monitor performance.

Read more about Green Roof Monitoring @ the SOURCE: Renewable Energy WorldMonitoring Green Roof Performance with Weather Stations –

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