Daily Archives: May 7, 2010

Conceptual Design: ‘purification skyscraper’

### edition.cnn.com May 6, 2010 Updated 0822 GMT (1622 HKT)
A skyscraper designed to make a rotten river run clean
By Emanuele Comi for CNN
Imagine a skyscraper that – instead of hosting offices – houses a system that purifies the water of a polluted river, employs the people living in surrounding slums and gives them a home in which to live. That’s the revolutionary idea behind an architectural concept that aims to solve the problems generated by the polluted Ciliwung River in Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia. The largest of 13 rivers which run through Jakarta, the Ciliwung flows through 72 subdistricts of the city. Along its river banks lie a ramshackle collection of illegal slums and around 400 businesses, according to a recent report by the Jakarta Capital City Provincial Government.
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ODT editorial mucking on about ‘commercial realism’

### ODT Online Fri, 7 May 2010
Editorial: Competitive risks
It is very clear that the Government is little interested in promoting local prospects for a tender to build electric railcars for Auckland, despite assertions from a combination of political parties, trade unions and other interested groups that it should. Although the Minister of Transport is on record as saying the matter is for the New Zealand Railways Corporation (“KiwiRail”) to decide, he has also said a local tender would be “a step too far” – as clear a negative signal as could be expected to the corporation from its nominal owner.
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I’m yet to decide if the editorial is being responsible or irresponsible in its pronouncements.

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Stadium roof

### ODT Online Fri, 7 May 2010
Stadium construction hits new heights
By David Loughrey and Chris Morris
Steel roofing trusses weighing about 100 tonnes each have been lifted into place at the Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin, and the lift of a massive 700-tonne main truss may go ahead in the next couple of weeks.
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