How not to fund urban renewal – livemint.com

Kanhu Charan Pradhan of livemint.com writes

”Continuing growth in India and China is now seen as essential for the world’s economic health. Urbanization is a necessary correlate, if not the engine of that growth. Our flagship urbanization programme is the Jawaharlal National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM), directed at strengthening urban governance, providing basic services to the poor in 63 selected cities and enabling these to access capital markets to build infrastructure. Urban infrastructure and construction is a key candidate for replacing the diminished investment demand from industry and financing growth in this sector is necessary to maintain our pace of growth.”

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UAE feeling effects of the crisis

With more reports today of another major developer cutting jobs, and news in the past week of property prices falling and stock market share values tumbling it appears that the UAE is not immune to the financial crisis spreading across the globe.

Major property projects are still being announced and the government is using the huge fiscal reserves to stabilise the economy and push forward some of its major infrastructue projects. The sense is that the crisis will be short lived in the UAE and GCC countries but will have a moderate impact on the UAE. 

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Design firm offers three separate strategies to revitalize downtown San Bernardino – San Bernardino County Sun

San Bernardino County Sun reports that

“The city needs to put its best face forward, especially on the 215 Freeway frontage, if it wants to improve its image.

That’s the recommendation of Vaughan Davies, director of urban design for EDAW, a 60-year-old Los Angeles urban design firm with offices in 22 cities around the world.

Four months after being retained by San Bernardino’s Economic Development Agency, Davies introduced three different planning strategies for revitalizing the downtown to the public in a standing-room-only presentation in the old Woolworth Building on the corner of Fourth and E streets on Thursday.”

SOURCE: San Bernardino County Sun – Design firm offers three separate strategies to revitalize downtown San Bernardino

Stormwater retention should be consideration for green roofs – Daily Commercial News

Daily Commercial News reports that “A recent study done at the University of Texas at Austin, shows that while green roofs are capable of significant thermal moderation, not all are equally capable of retaining stormwater.”

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Foster + Partners selected for excellence in construction in the Gulf region

Foster + Partners has been honoured with the title, “Architect of the Year”, in the inaugural Gulf State Building Awards, announced on 13 November at a ceremony in Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai.

Celebrating the highest standards in the region’s construction industry, entries were invited from companies working in the six member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council, including Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

The judges noted that Foster + Partners’ new office in Abu Dhabi “has a variety of exciting projects already coming out of the ground – the Index Tower in Dubai will be completed next year…and the Al Raha Beach and the Central Markets projects are already bringing architecture of star quality to Abu Dhabi… Perhaps the practice’s greatest achievement has been the concept for Masdar, which has been designed as the most environmentally-friendly development in the UAE.”

Gerard Evenden, Senior Partner, commented:
“We opened our Gulf office in Abu Dhabi in April of this year on the strength of our projects in the region. To receive this award less than a year later is a real endorsement of our work and we look forward to realising some of our most exciting and challenging projects there over the next few years.”

Foster + Partners’ current work in the Gulf includes:

The Index, Dubai
Business Bay Offices, Dubai
Central Market, Abu Dhabi
Al Raha Beach Development, Abu Dhabi
Masdar Development, Abu Dhabi
Masdar Cityscape, Abu Dhabi
Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, Abu Dhabi
Blue City, Oman
UAE Pavilion at Shanghai Expo 2010

SOURCE: Foster + Partners – Press Release

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