Masdar to use more PV’s to power city

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With the recent drop in costs for photovoltaics (PV) and the effect of dust and haze on solar-thermal technology(the technology originally planned) has caused a rethink in supplying energy to Masdar. The utilities management company has decided to use 50% photovoltaics and 50% solar thermal due to costs. Although photovoltaics produce 20% less energy than solar thermal they will cost 33% less to install. The use of solar power will cost more than 2.5 times the cost per kwh than the current method generating energy via natural gas.

via the [SOURCE: The National]

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Decaying mall prime for redevelopment in Lexington

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Recently,  Kentucky.com published an interesting article about Lexington Mall. A mall that has slowly died over the last 20 years and become part of the urban decay of Lexington. The site now offers a great opportunity for development as it is located inside the New Circle Road(See Map). The site’s history is similar to many urban malls in North America slowly died since the 1990′s and many attempted redevelopments by the owner but nothing ever eventuated and then abandonment of the site for it to decay.

The site is 30 acres of prime real estate as its 3 miles from downtown and near schools and other amenities. The article cites Brian Lee, a Landscape Architecture professor at University of Kentucky stating that

“It’s one of the few sites in Lexington with a water view,” said Brian Lee, a University of Kentucky landscape architecture professor whose students have studied the site for academic exercises in urban redevelopment.

The author of the article suggests that the site could be a “new urban” mixed village and shows diagrams of a possible “Seaside” style development. However, I think this idea sells the site short of its possibilities and that it should integrate more public functions and should be more connected to the surrounding parks and utilise the edges along the main roads.

What would you do with the site?

To read and more go to the[SOURCE: Kentucky.comAcres of prime land are full of potential - Business]

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Biz investment down, focus shifts to infrastructure

Queensland Business Review reports

A rebound in business confidence has not yet translated into investment intentions, with Queensland, Australia relying on a strong pipeline of infrastructure projects to drive the economy to more stable ground.

The latest Access Economics-Arup Investment Monitor shows business investment in Queensland was notably worse in the September quarter, while infrastructure remains dominated by water and transport-related projects.

SOURCE:  Queensland Business Review – Biz investment down, focus shifts to infrastructure

Some Engineering firms see 6% rise in 2010

In the recent post from ENR.com it found that CEO’s of Engineering & design-build firms predicted a rise of 6% in revenues in 2010 based on a recent survey by Environmental Financial Consulting Group. One CEO commented that the competitive bidding had gotten ugly and was screwing up the market.

For the full article go to the SOURCE: ENR.com

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