World-renowned architecture mind Qingyun Ma to participate on IDA jury

Qingyun Ma, dean of the University of Southern California School of Architecture and former principal of the Shanghai-based architecture and land planning firm MADA s.p.a.m., has accepted his appointment to serve as a juror on the prestigious International Design Awards architecture panel.

Greener buildings – Thailand

Concern over global warming has inspired many housing developers to use energy-saving as a selling point for new projects. Among 13 developers who received the 2007 energy-conserving housing awards from Department of Alternative Energy Development and Efficiency is three-year-old Fine Home Housing Development Co Ltd, which adapts local knowledge to the design of its energy-saving homes.

The energy-saving concept starts with the location. Most projects are located near gardens or canals, says Fine Home managing director Sukit Triwanapong.

Bangkok Post : Business news.

Traffic chaos tipped by 2020 : thewest.com.au

A 40 per cent increase in Perth traffic by 2020 predicted by the Federal Government could lead to chaos on the city’s roads, with congestion tipped to add an extra eight minutes to a 20km journey.

The Federal Bureau of Transport and Regional Services said Perth would suffer the second-highest rate of traffic growth of all Australian cities, well above the 33 per cent national average.

Traffic chaos tipped by 2020 : thewest.com.au.

Asuni CAD Releases ARQ Landscape 3 for AutoCAD

Asuni CAD presents its latest application: ARQ Landscape 3, the most complete tool for landscape design aimed at landscaping, urban planning, and gardening professionals, urbanism and environmental councils for local entities, etc.

ARQ Landscape 3 is a specific tool to design and project green areas. It constitutes an evolved application which incorporates the features required to develop a landscaping project in all its phases within an AutoCAD: from the technical 2D plane, to generating real images and virtual tours throughout the design.

Asuni CAD Releases ARQ Landscape 3 for AutoCAD – Tenlinks.com

£600,000 boost for woodland – Buckingham Today

AMBITIOUS plans to more than double the number of people visiting Hazelborough Wood near Silverstone have been unveiled by The Forestry Commission.
Plans have been submitted to South Northants Council for a new visitors’ centre, 75 car parking spaces with parking for horse boxes, a play area, café, shop, toilets and a rangers office.

The new project, which is estimated to cost in the region of £600,000, would also feature a building that will act as a showcase for sustainable methods of heating by burning wood by-products found at the site to heat all the buildings in the development instead of using oil or electricity.

£600,000 boost for woodland – Buckingham Today.

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