BIG reveals urban lilypads masterplan for Penang South Reclamation project (Malaysia)

Denmark-based Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) has been announced as the lead masterplan designer for the Penang South Islands (PSI) project, which involves the development of three man-made islands under the Penang South Reclamation (PSR) project. BIG was selected as the winner of the PSI Masterplan Design Competition (MDC) after 124 submissions from 26 countries were reviewed. The announcement

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Surbana Jurong acquires Prostruct Consulting (Singapore)

Surbana Jurong (SJ), the engineering consultancy head-quartered in Singapore, has made another acquisition. This time, they have purchased Prostruct Consulting. Prostruct offers security and blast-resistant products as well as consultancy and testing services to the urban infrastructure market in Singapore. SJ now includes the company to its buildings services portfolio as it adds extra capabilities

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IDC announces APAC Smart City Award Winners

IDC (International Data Corporation) has announced the 2020 winners for their IDC Smart City Asia/Pacific Awards (SCAPA) with Taiwan picking up 4 awards, China and Singapore gaining 3, and South Korea and Australia getting 2 prizes. Other winners were from India, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Indonesia, and New Zealand. The SCAPA Awards do not include Japan.

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AECOM board to take 20% pay cut

In a response to the financial impact of COVID-19, international engineering consultancy group AECOM has announced that it’s board of directors and top execs will be taking a 20% pay cut. Michael S. Burke has agreed to continue on as CEO, giving the board more time to search for his replacement, as he previously announced that

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Design chosen for National Railway Museum (UK)

London-based architecture practice Feilden Fowles has won the international design competition to create the new Central Hall building for the National Rail Museum in York, UK. Feilden Fowles’ team beat 75 other practices, with the jury praising the team’s design concept for its elegance, its ambitious energy strategy and its intriguing new visitor journeys. The

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Singapore geospatial 3D data made available to businesses.

Singapore businesses (such as real estate developers, construction companies, and logistics providers) now have access to the 3D Singapore Sandbox, launched by the SLA (Singapore Land Authority). The tool provides geospatial data comprising of over 160,000 3D-building models that will help businesses develop innovative urban planning solutions and services. Users can also make use of

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Centralny Port Komunikacyjny (CPK) Airport could be one of the World’s busiest (Poland)

Reports say that the Polish government has plans for the Port Komunikacyjny (CPK) airport (located between Warsaw and Łódź) to initially serve roughly 45 million passengers per year, with the view to eventually serving up to 100 million passengers. Currently Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is ranked as the biggest airport in the world, serving over

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Reports claim WSP Global is progressing with discussions to buy Aecom

Canada’s WSP Global Inc. is moving ahead with talks to acquire rival engineering services firm Aecom, reports say. Shares of Aecom rose 7.7% to $51.33 at 10:14 a.m. in New York trading Wednesday, giving the company a market capitalization of about $8.1 billion. WSP Global shares fell less than 1% to C$88.48 in Toronto, valuing it at about C$9.4 billion ($7 billion). Bloomberg

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The supertall ceramic tower that ‘breathes’ (UAE)

How to stand out beside the world’s tallest building? That was the challenge facing Dutch architecture firm UNStudio when it received a commission to build a new tower on Dubai’s Sheikh Zayed Road, directly opposite the 828-meter Burj Khalifa.But the client, state-owned developer Wasl, was not fixated on height, the brief was for a “strong, sustainable concept,

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