Property outlook robust – The Standard

Hong Kong’s home prices and rents are expected to continue rising in the second half despite higher mortgage rates and other external factors.

Ricacorp Properties said yesterday that as of last Friday, there were 64,342 deals in the housing market in the first half – an 11-year high – driven by a 27 percent jump in sales in the secondary market to 56,468 units totaling HK$187.6 billion, a 48 percent increase over the previous year.

SOURCE: The Standard – Hong Kong’s First FREE English Newspaper.

allAfrica.com: Africa: Environment Ministers Launch ‘Environment Atlas’

African ministers of environment recently launched the Africa: Atlas of Our Changing Environment, which shows a rapidly changing landscape, prominent of which is the disappearance of glaciers on Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania and the Ruwenzori Mountains on the border of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Uganda.

SOURCE: allAfrica.com: Africa: Environment Ministers Launch ‘Environment Atlas’

Singapore’s First Water Week Sees Deals Worth Over $270M U.S.

Governments, utilities providers and water companies signed 27 agreements totalling more than SGD367 million (USD270 million) during the first Singapore International Water Week, which drew to a close last Friday. In addition, a water fund was launched to attract SGD435 million (USD320 million) in investments in Asian water projects.

SOURCE: Water Online – Singapore’s First Water Week Sees Deals Worth Over $270M U.S..

Landscape Architects to get new Design Hub building at RMIT

The Age newspaper has reported that 

Architect and RMIT alumnus Sean Godsell unveiled his plan for the Design Hub to BusinessDay yesterday, an innovative, landmark building for the city that has a “second skin” enveloping an eight-level tower.


The building will be on the corner of Swanston and Victoria streets, at the former CUB site. Mr Godsell has incorporated 16,000 glass-capped cylinders to mesh together a technologyheavy hide that adapts according to movement of the sun, rain and clouds.


Students and staff inside the building – which will include fashion and textile designers, industrial designers and landscape architects – as well as passers-by out on the street, will be treated to a stunning light show.


Read more @ the SOURCE: TheAge.com.au

The Orange County Great Park – Topos 63 – Current Issue

Topos has just published Topos 63 – Transformation – and includes an article by reknowned landscape architect Ken Smith and his Orange County Great Park

A new park on the site of a former air base in Southern California aims to strike a balance between the needs of humans and the natural world. Through an innovative “Preview Park”, visitors can engage with the development of the park whose implementation will be phased over a timeframe of decades.

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SOURCE – Topos – The International Review of Landscape Architecture and Urban Design – Current issue.

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