The European Union is asking Spain why one of its precious wetland reserves has been allowed to dry up so much that the peat which lies beneath the surface is on fire.
Ecologists blame the mismanagement of water resources and over-irrigation for the environmental tragedy in the Tablas de Daimiel National Park, which is part of a UNESCO biosphere and has EU protection.
The State Government of Penang, Malaysia invites submissions for an international competition for design ideas to physically brand the historic city of George Town, Penang in conjunction with its listing as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008.
Design category: Marking of Public Space Using available public spaces to mark the World Heritage Site of George Town e.g., walls (public, or possibly private heritage buildings), roads, access points, pedestrian walkways, shelters, bus-stops, manholes, public signages, lamppost, bus stops etc. The winning entry will enter into negotiations with the State Government of Penang, Malaysia to implement the design.*
Stage 1 Prize: RM 10,000 ($US2800) Deadline – Registration 15 October – Stage 1 Submission 15 November (please check & confirm dates with competition website)
St. Peterburg, Russia could lose its UNESCO status as a World Heritage Centre if the plans of the world’s biggest natural gas company to build a 396 metre (1,299 ft) skyscaper go ahead. The $3 billion building designed by RMJM has still not been approved by the local government.
1. Opponents of the Okhta Center, also known as the Gazprom Tower, filed a lawsuit late last week asking the court to cancel an upcoming public hearing as “illegal.” SOURCE: St.Petersburg Times
2. St. Petersburg residents on Tuesday (01.09.09) clashed with police and OAO Gazprom security guards during a public hearing over the plan to erect the tallest skyscraper in Europe. Around 12 people who attended Tuesday’s meeting were removed, as calls of ‘shame on Gazprom’ rung in the air. SOURCE: Architect’s Journal