China’s cities to receive massive influx

An article in China Daily today reports that over the next 15 to 20 years there will be an influx of 300 million people into cities across China. This will create 1 trillion yauan in annual investment in infrastructure and facilities across China. The rate of urbanisation will be 1% per year. This urbanisation is occuring at the same time as the government takes measures to protect farming land. The urbanisation will require a balance between density and lifestyle in large cities. Many cities in China exceed 10 million such as Shanghai, Chongqing, Beijing, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Chengdu, Xian, however most of the urbanisation will occur in tier 2 cities especially in the west of China.

SOURCE: China Daily

City squares miss urban life: expert – China Daily

Tan Yingzi of China Daily reports

While more and more Chinese cities are following Dalian’s example and building large city squares, urban planning experts warned Thursday that local governments must stop simply copying the Western style and look for more practical construction and local flavor.

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Vegetable gardens bring urbanites back to earth – People’s Daily Online

People’s Daily Online reports

Green finger syndrome is sweeping China’s modern cities as more and more stressed out office workers seek solace by growing their own tomatoes and cabbages among the concrete high rises

Yu Kongjian, dean and professor of the Graduate School of Landscape Architecture at Peking University said such amateur urban agriculture was good therapy for stressed out office workers and their families.

“What the office workers want is a healthy living style away from the office, such gardens help all generations. The joy brought by labor and harvest also has educational benefits to the young generation and brings memories alive to the older generation,” he said.

SOURCE: People’s Daily Online – Vegetable gardens bring urbanites back to earth

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Struggling RMJM secures China deal – Scotsman.com Business

Struggling RMJM secures China deal – Scotsman.com Business

RMJM, the Scottish architects recently forced to lay off 60 staff, has sealed a contract to design a $30m (£18.5m) sporting complex in north-east China. The firm, which is best known for its work on the controversial Scottish Parliament building, has been appointed sole designer for the five-storey Olympic-standard complex in Dalian.

SOURCE: Scotsman.com Business – Struggling RMJM secures China deal


AECOM Joint Venture Wins US$82-Million Design Contract for Hong Kong High-Speed Rail Terminus

Businesswire

AECOM Technology Corporation (NYSE: ACM), a leading provider of professional technical and management support services for government and commercial clients around the world, announced today that a joint venture of which it is a part has been awarded a design-services contract worth US$82 million for the Mass Transit Railway Corporation Limited’s Hong Kong High-Speed Rail Terminus project, which will connect to the high-speed rail network in Mainland China.

SOURCE: Businesswire.com – AECOM Joint Venture Wins US$82-Million Design Contract for Hong Kong High-Speed Rail Terminus

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