Cracknell appointed to SmartCity Malta

Cracknell Landscape Architects based in the UAE, UK and Oman have been appointed the landscape architects for SmartCity Malta – ‘a premier ICT and media park, showcasing Malta to the world as the region’s new destination for high-tech industries…..With the Government of Malta as a partner, local, regional and international companies can be assured of the country’s long-term commitment to knowledge-based opportunities.‘.

Cracknell’s scope of work extends from the strategic and master plan level through to the detailed design and construction. Key landscape elements of SmartCity Malta include the entry gate and Main Boulevard, urban ring road, coastal promenade, lagoon, and cascading terraces. The streetscape and lighting scheme will further set the ambiance and enhance the built environment.

Read more at the [SOURCE: Malta Independent Online – SmartCity Malta appoints landscape architects]

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Abu Dhabi releases Urban Street Design Manual

The Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC) recently released a new street design standards in line with the Capital 2030 plan. The Urban Street Design Manual is based on key design principles including environmental sustainability embodied by the Estidama initiative. The Design Manual incorporates multi-modal forms of transport and varying land uses.

With the introduction of the Urban Street Design Manual, the UPC aims to reduce the emirate’s reliance on personal motorised vehicles by implementing a network of public transit to include highspeed rail and rapid transit options such as trams and buses.

The innovative street designs will provide genuine choice of movement by walking, cycling and public transport modes as well as in private motor vehicles. Abu Dhabi residents and visitors will start witnessing the transformation as early as 2010 when a City Centre street will be reconstructed according to the design standards.

The Urban Street Design Manual will be showcased at Cityscape Abu Dhabi 2010 to be held from April 18 to 21.

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Gulf Landscaping 2010 – Abu Dhabi, UAE

Gulf Landscaping - Abu Dhabi - 29-31 March 2010

The UAE’s and wider Middle East’s leading exhibition dedicated to the outdoor design and landscaping architecture industries. Gulf Landscaping is the region’s only trade event dedicated to servicing the architectural and landscaping demands of the Middle East and the capital of the UAE, Abu Dhabi. It will bring together the visions of the key drivers influencing the development of the Abu Dhabi landscape for Plan Abu Dhabi 2030.

Where: Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center
When: 29-31 March 2010

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Gulf Landscaping

SWA and the world’s tallest building *UPDATE*

SWA group designed the 27 acres around the base of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. The San Francisco Chronicle has a quick interview with John Wong of SWA about the project and its design.

Read the interview at the [SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle – Sausalito group creates oasis at Burj Khalifa]

Related Article – Dubai City Guide  – 11 Hectare Green Oasis Envelops the foot of Burj Dubai

As part of Burj Dubai’s ‘green’ initiative, the landscaping is irrigated using a unique condensate collection system. Water condensate from the tower’s cooling equipment is recovered, providing an estimated 15 million gallons of water a year, enough to fill 20 Olympic-sized swimming pools.

[SOURCE: Dubai City Guide  – 11 Hectare Green Oasis Envelops the foot of Burj Dubai]

World’s tallest building opens *UPDATE*

Burj Dubai - Opened Jan 4

The building previously known as Burj Dubai is now open and it has new name of Burj Khalifa named after Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed, President of the UAE. The height has been confirmed as 828 meters, 200 stories into the sky, exceeding the next highest structure, Taipei 101, by about 300m.

From the 124th floor observation deck of the tower, viewers can see 80 kilometers on a clear day.

[SOURCE: The National – Burj Khalifa a ‘name to reflect greatness]

[SOURCE: Shanghai Daily – Embattled Dubai fulfils tallest order]
[IMAGE SOURCE: Flickr – Joi]

RELATED STORY57 of 100 worlds tallest buildings are in Asia – Times of India

View the pictures of the Burj Khalifa opening

Construction Week (Middle East) releases Salary survey

Construction Week (Middle East) have just published the results of a salary survey held from April to September this year. The main findings of the survey is that most people are experienced and the UAE is not a place for first-jobbers. People consistently worked longer than 40 hour per week and have salaries in construction(including Architects) on average between $4500-$6047 (USD) month across the six GCC countries. The results also outline expectations for pay rises, housing, current pressures and other interesting information.

For more information go to the two articles at the [SOURCE: Construction Week (Middle East)]

1. Survey Analysis – Construction Week (Middle East)
2. Detailed Results – Construction Week (Middle East)

Gulf rail projects could exceed $60b(Dh220 billion)

Construction of the long-awaited rail network that will link the six members of the GCC is expected to start in 2010 or 2011. The cost will be shared among the six Gulf states — Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

The first section is the UAE National Railway. Also there will be toutes to Saudi Arabia and also to Oman from the Kuwait-Iraq border.

Projects will be awarded in 2010 with the first track to be completed by 2013-2014. The trains will run at speeds between 80 and 120 kilometres per hour for freight transport and between 160 and 200 kilometres per hour for passenger transport.

read more VIA: gulfnews : Gulf rail projects could exceed $60b .

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