BWTC spins turbines for the first time

The Atkins designed Bahrain World Trade Center (BWTC) made history last week as the turbines on this pioneering project turned together for the first time.

The three 29m-diameter turbine blades on Bahrain’s iconic landmark are the first in the world to be integrated on such a scale into a commercial development and are forecast to provide the equivalent of 11-15% of the power for the two towers when fully operational.

The successful rotation of the blades involved collaboration between Atkins architects and engineers and turbine specialists Norwin, who were in Bahrain for the milestone event.

“Having all three turbines spinning simultaneously represents an historic achievement for this landmark project and Atkins is excited to have been a major player in turning the original idea into reality” says Simha LytheRao Senior Project Manager for Atkins in Bahrain.

Source: Atkins Press Release  

You can watch a video of the turbines here

The man who built Vancouver has a grand plan for Abu Dhabi

The man who built Vancouver has a grand plan for Abu Dhabi
By David George-Cosh, Canwest News Service
Published: Sunday, April 13, 2008

When Larry Beasley received an e-mail from Abu Dhabi government headhunters more than two years ago, he dismissed it as spam.

“I found out that they wanted me to develop a plan for [Abu Dhabi], that they wanted it to be one of the best cities in the world and that they had been doing a search for the person to lead the way,” Mr. Beasley said during an interview at the lavish “seven-star” Emirates Palace hotel.

The youthful-looking 59-year-old’s name kept popping up to the Emirati staffers, who were hearing about “the Vancouver Model,” a world-renowned planning concept that tightly packs in high-density buildings while discouraging car traffic as much as possible.

Read more @ the Source: Canada.com – The man who built Vancouver has a grand plan for Abu Dhabi.

LI – Change Change – Leeds May 23

In partnership with Natural England, these conferences are designed to develop further thinking on the crucial role that landscape architects can play in mitigating and adapting to climate change.

In addition to plenary sessions covering the Climate Change Bill, the Landscape Institute’s Climate Change Policy (due for completion this spring) and local case studies outlining the success of landscape-scale approaches to adaptation, there will be a series of workshops for delegates to choose from that relate climate change to the four other policy themes that the Institute will be focusing on in 2008/09:

* Housing
* Green infrastructure
* Community engagement
* Healthy living in the landscape.

More information

Source: Landscape Institute – UK

LI – Climate Change – Bristol 25 April

n partnership with Natural England, these conferences are designed to develop further thinking on the crucial role that landscape architects can play in mitigating and adapting to climate change.

In addition to plenary sessions covering the Climate Change Bill, the Landscape Institute’s Climate Change Policy (due for completion this spring) and local case studies outlining the success of landscape-scale approaches to adaptation, there will be a series of workshops for delegates to choose from that relate climate change to the four other policy themes that the Institute will be focusing on in 2008/09:

* Housing
* Green infrastructure
* Community engagement
* Healthy living in the landscape.

More information

Source: Landscape Institute – UK

World Urban Forum, 03 – 07 November 2008, Nanjing, China

The Fourth session of the World Urban Forum (WUF4) will be hosted by the Government of China and will be held in the ancient city of Nanjing from 03-07 November 2008.

The World Urban Forum was established by the United Nations to examine one of the most pressing issues facing the world today: rapid urbanization and its impact on communities, cities, economies and policies. It is projected that in the next fifty years, two-thirds of humanity will be living in towns and cities. A major challenge is to minimize burgeoning poverty in cities, improve the urban poor’s access to basic facilities such as shelter, clean water and sanitation and achieve environment-friendly, sustainable urban growth and development.

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