Daily Archives: April 28, 2010

China’s largest stadium under construction

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@inhabitat Construction has begun on a gigantic flower-shaped stadium that will be the largest in China. http://su.pr/1EejrG

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### worldarchitecturenews.com 27/04/10
Comment by william rogan, shenzhen, china
good reporting on yet another dreadful chinese colossus: airplane architecture par excellence. can you imagine yourself as one of the ants finding your way across this site, a searing griddle?

See editorial at WAN:
Olympic-sized stadium is the largest planned for construction within the next decade

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DCC Media Release – RWC 2011

Dunedin City Council
Media Release

500 Days And Counting…

Tomorrow, Tuesday, 27 April, marks 500 days until the beginning of Rugby World Cup 2011, and planning is well underway.

Dunedin is familiar with the requirements of staging national and international events. Rugby World Cup 2011, however, sets a new standard and the Dunedin City Council, under direction from Rugby World Cup 2011 and NZ 2011, is well down the track in the nuts and bolts preparation for this tournament, working closely with the Otago Rugby Football Union, Tourism Dunedin and Otago Stadium.

The group has formed 13 steering groups to ensure nothing slips between the cracks. DCC Marketing and Communications Manager, Debra Simes, says, “From city beautification to traffic management, from training grounds to team hosting, the DCC, through these steering groups, will plan so that Dunedin is fully prepared and makes the most of the huge opportunities that the world’s third largest sporting tournament presents.”

The events calendar is beginning to fill up, with planning for the proposed Fan Zone in the Octagon and an eclectic range of Dunedin-wide events in the pipeline, from Port Chalmers, where locals are investigating a seafood festival, to sports event in Middlemarch where supporters can be the players and “represent their country” for fun rather than the glory. The Celtic Arts Festival, the Last Night of the Proms and other regular Dunedin events in October are ramping up their preparation and calendars to ensure the city has events to suit everyone.

The Otago Stadium construction schedule is progressing to plan and David Davies, CEO, Dunedin Venues Management Limited, says, “Rapid progress has been made on the construction of the Otago Stadium, and we are on track for completion in August 2011, well on schedule for the Rugby World Cup 2011. The finished product will be a world class venue that the region can be proud of and an important catalyst for the city’s future development.”

Workshops are already taking place for community and business groups to learn about how they can get involved, whether in the volunteer, hospitality, business or entertainment sectors. CEO of Rugby New Zealand 2011, Martin Sneddon, will be speaking at a lunch hosted by the DCC, Otago Rugby Football Union and Chamber of Commerce to encourage and inform the business community to embrace the opportunity presented by Rugby World Cup 2011.
Contact details

Contact Kim Newman on 477 4000.

Last reviewed: 26 Apr 2010 3:39pm

Note: “Otago Stadium” was the name used before the stadium’s name sponsor was announced in 2009.

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Cycle route feasibility and city parking

### ODT Online Wed, 28 Apr 2010
Opus to investigate cycle routes
By Mark Price
Consultants have been engaged by the Dunedin City Council to explore the best route for cyclists to traverse the hills between Dunedin and Mosgiel. Acting manager transportation planning Lisa Clifford confirmed yesterday Opus International had taken up a $50,000 contract to prepare a feasibility study into possible cycle routes.
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This is not a success story….

### ODT Online Wed, 28 Apr 2010
Parking debacle: DCC makes 150 changes
By David Loughrey
A raft of parking changes made in Dunedin during the past few months appears to have brought the debacle of the Dunedin City Council’s new parking strategy to a close.

An independent report would be written on the strategy’s release to discover “how we could have interacted better, so we can learn and go forward”.
-Cr Syd Brown

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DCC Media Release – Parking Review Cases Settled
Last reviewed: 27 Apr 2010 12:05pm

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