China quake prompts call for back-up copies of urban files-Xinhua

The Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development has urged cities across the country to keep extra copies of local urban planning files in other localities to preserve data against emergencies and disasters.

In the devastating May 12 earthquake in southwest China, such files in many regions, including Wenchuan, Beichuan and Pingwu, were either buried, destroyed or severely damaged.

SOURCE: XinhuaChina quake prompts call for back-up copies of urban files

Working Architecture Group wins ‘fast architecture’ competition

Working Architecture Group (WAG) has won this year’s Workspace Group Urbantine Project competition for fast architecture, part of Tent London, the London Design Festival show for emerging talent.
The London-based practice’s Open Tables Ecology – ‘a study in contemporary interaction theory’ – will be constructed and displayed on-site at the Truman Brewery in Brick Lane, East London, from 18-21 September.

SOURCE: Architect’s Journal: Working Architecture Group wins ‘fast architecture’ competition.

Star architects bid to design new center for South Korean capital as 21st century model city – International Herald Tribune

An all-star group of international architects bidding for the chance to design a new urban center for the South Korean capital said Tuesday the vast site offered a rare chance to create a model for 21st century cities.

Five top architecture firms behind many of the world’s recent iconic structures are being given US$1 million each to propose a master plan for the 28 trillion won (US$27 billion) Yongsan business district.

SOURCE: International Herald TribuneStar architects bid to design new center for South Korean capital as 21st century model city 

LandDesign and Audubon Lifestyles Join Forces for Sustainable Development

LandDesign Inc. and Audubon Lifestyles, LLC, today announce a new strategic partnership aimed at helping businesses and municipalities to implement green design and development and build more sustainable communities.

The partnership will offer comprehensive, practical and timely assistance for clients that are committed to environmentally responsible green design and sustainable development, and creating long-term quality of life within their communities.

LandDesign has incorporated environmental sensibilities and stewardship into its projects for many years
Staff members of the two organizations have worked together on high-profile sustainable design projects such as The Sanctuary, a nature reserve lakeside community in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Hasentree Golf Community in Raleigh, North Carolina.

SOURCE: PRWeb – LandDesign and Audubon Lifestyles Join Forces for Sustainable Development.

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.

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