Chongqing to spend $13b on housing

January 15, 2008,AEDT

Chongqing municipality will spend 100 billion yuan ($13.8 billion) over the next five years on the demolition and renovation of all old and dangerous houses in its nine urban districts, officials have said. The mammoth project aims to build affordable housing for low-income residents, officials from the municipal government said. | Read More

Minnesota Eco Group proves not only new houses can be green

January 15, 2008,AEDT

Wayzata Minnesota-based environmental organization Live Green, Live Smart announces The Sustainable House™ received Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council™ (USGBC), for the remodeling of a 1948 rambler, located in Minnetonka, Minnesota. The award is the Council’s highest level certification for residential Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design™ (LEED). | Read More

City bursting at the seams?

January 15, 2008,AEDT

Ottawa Developers scorn city claims about residential land supply, while some suggest it’s time to tighten Greenbelt Developers are calling on the city to expand Ottawa’s urban boundary, vehemently disagreeing with “preliminary” estimates that the city has more than 20 years worth of vacant residential land for future development. “Who | Read More

ADB to help China fight desert drift

January 15, 2008,AEDT

China is getting outside help for a project to stop the alarming spread of deserts in its western interior that causes siltation of the Yellow River, the Asian Development Bank said Saturday. Manila-based ADB said it will help Beijing design a project to restore the severely degraded drylands of Gansu | Read More

I just want to say one word to you: sustainability – SFGate.com

January 15, 2008,AEDT

During six years writing about architecture for The Chronicle, I’ve seen trends come and go. Glass is the new stucco. Towers are taller and some of them twist. Celebrity architects spend as much time on self-promotion as serious design. But here’s the trend that sticks, the one lasting change: Visual | Read More

Cape Wind project gets a lift from environmental impact report | Rhode Island news | Rhode Island news | projo.com | The Providence Journal

January 15, 2008,AEDT

The wind farm proposed by Cape Wind Associates LLC for Nantucket Sound off the coast of Massachusetts would have mostly “negligible” or “minor” adverse impacts on the environment, recreation, tourism and property values, according to a major report released yesterday by the federal agency in charge of the project’s permitting | Read More

Another museum that’s a work of art – The Boston Globe

January 15, 2008,AEDT

All over the country – all over the world, in fact – cities are building new art museums, or enlarging the ones they have.more stories like this A surge of new buildings like this, all of a single kind, doesn’t occur very often. What our blizzard of museums reminds you | Read More

Orlando approves $27.1M for performing-arts-center architects

January 15, 2008,AEDT

Orlando approved a contract Monday with the Dallas company that will lead the team of architects designing the new downtown performing arts center. The contract between HKS Architects Inc. and the Dr. P. Phillips Performing Arts Center is worth $27.1 million. The arts center will pay HKS a base fee | Read More

Mouchel wins £10m Liverpool school

January 15, 2008,AEDT

Liverpool City Council’s Children’s Services Directorate has commissioned 2020 Liverpool, a joint venture between consultant Mouchel and Liverpool City Council, to design a new school and residential buildings worth £10m. Following a feasibility study and options appraisal, carried out by 2020 Liverpool’s building team, the council has opted to construct | Read More

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