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SHANGHAI
Gemdale Changshou Road project to commence construction
Designed by Andrew Bromberg at Aedas, the 45,000 sq m project consists of an office tower and a retail podium. The project had an interesting challenge as a bridge between the low-rise, residential developments to the south and Changshou Road to the north

GUANGZHOU
TaiKooHui Guangzhou achieves LEED Platinum Certification
The mall adopts stringent measures to control energy and water consumption in its operations. Examples include the launch of sustainably designed washrooms which are equipped with water-saving fixtures such as waterless urinals and the use of greywater for flushing

Nansha Kingboard Free Trade Zone Mixed-use Project commenced construction
Located in Guangzhou, the starting point of the ancient Maritime Silk Road, the architecture presents a sense of grandeur much like a gateway to the Belt and Road. The project.is scheduled for completion in 2020

Guangzhou International Professional Light and Sound Exhibition to open on 22 February
Integrated fringe programme highlights the best of industry knowledge and expertise

iTWO 4.0 - the world's first 5D BIM Enterprise Cloud Solution will be released
iTWO World 2016 will be held from Nov. 16 to 17 in Four Seasons Hotel, Guangzhou, China, along with the Hands-on Lab Session in Guangzhou iTWO 5D Lab on Nov. 18, 2016

SHENZHEN
Ping An Finance Center completes as fourth tallest building in the world
The tower is adorned by the largest stainless steel façade in the world to date, using a total of 1,700 tons of 316L stainless steel. This material was chosen specifically for this project due to its corrosion-resistance, which will keep the appearance of the Ping An Finance Center unchanged for several decades despite Shenzhen's salty coastal atmosphere

HAINAN
The Shanhaitian Resort Sanya, Autograph Collection opens
Designed by the Bangkok-based studio, P49 Design & Associates, the hotel's design evokes the rhythm of water surrounding the locale and exudes an understated, glamorous aesthetic

The Sanya Edition, an oceanfront destination on Hainan is opened
Located in Haitang Bay, the hotel is set within 50 acres of landscaped lush tropical greenery. The hotel was designed for people of all ages, which is a delicate balancing act. The fundamental idea behind this resort was to divide the property into different specialized zones that overlap with each other but simultaneously retain their own unique identities

Grand Hyatt Sanya Haitang Bay interior design unveils
LTW was commissioned to design the hotel's public areas, guestrooms and suites in addition to the spa and all-day-dining restaurant. Situated on picturesque Haitang Bay and spanning 190,000 square metres, the hotel enjoys panoramic views of the South China Sea and direct access to white sand beaches.

HUBEI
Greatwall Office Complex ĘC a sustainable commercial development in Wuhan
Greatwall Office Complex is located in the District of Wuchang in Wuhan, representing an important development adjacent to a central communication spine within the eastern district. The project has been awarded a Silver Trophy in the Best Innovative Green Building category at the MIPIM Asia Awards 2016

JIANGSU
The Summit in Suzhou won LEED Gold Certification
Located in Suzhou Industrial Park's Central Business District, The Summit is an 116,390 sq m landmark mixed-use urban development, comprising 57,204 sq m of office space, 35,144 sq m of shopping centre and 21,867 sq m of luxury residences

SICHUAN
Chengdu City Music Hall wins World Architecture Festival Award
Designed by Andrew Bromberg at Aedas, Chengdu City Music Hall in China is the winner of the Competition Entries - Future Projects category at World Architecture Festival (WAF) Awards 2016. The project balances cultural components within a dense urban environment disconnected from its traditional connection to nature.

MACAU
2017MIECF grand opening
Green business opportunities for a sustainable future

MIECF creates Green New World by promoting green enterprises
2017MIECF will be held in Macao from 30 March to 1 April 2017

Main Theme for 2017MIECF: Innovative Green Development for Sustainable Future
The 2017MIECF will be held in Macao from 30 March to 1 April 2017 at The Venetian Macao-Resort-Hotel

Melco Crown unveils new hotel brand ĘC MORPHEUS at City of Dreams
Designed by the late Dame Zaha Hadid. The new tower is one of the last and most brilliant designs created by the legendary architect. It presents the world's first free-form exoskeleton architectural composition incorporating a number of architectural and technological breakthroughs. The new hotel will open in 2018.

HONG KONG
St Barths – low density residential development at Whitehead in Ma On Shan
The project will be developed in 2 phases with Phase 1 offers a total of 353 units in 7 mid-to-low rise residential towers

WKCDA launches Young Architects & Designers Competition
The competition is envisaged to provide a platform for emerging architects and designers to showcase their creativity and potential, as well as gain valuable experience. Young professionals are invited to participate in an innovative challenge to design a Temporary Pavilion at West Kowloon Cultural District

Central Market construction will start this year and scheduled for completion in 2021
Construction commenced on Sharp Island Pier in Sai Kung

Government land rules tightened
Applications for unlawful occupation of government land will no longer be accepted

Skilled-labour shortage forecast up to 15,000 workers in the next few years
CIC to explore measures to increase the supply of skilled workers to meet the manpower demand for capital works projects

Plumbing works to be inspected
The scheme covers new fresh water plumbing works in residential estates and buildings serving sensitive users such as hospitals and schools

19 building plans approved in January
Government safeguarding Hong Kong's trees

M+ and Design Trust announce Thomas Daniell as the recipient of 2017 Research Fellowship
Daniell will research the topic of "Unbuilt Macau" by examining unrealized proposals for reclaimed land in Macau in the period immediately prior to the former colony's 1999 handover to China. Six main projects will be explored: ZAPE (Zona de Aterros do Porto Exterior); NAPE (Novos Aterros do Porto Exterior); Nam Van Lake; Cotai; Novas Zonas Urbanas; and Hengqin New Area

The highest honour in Green Building Leadership category under GBA 2016 goes to Housing Authority
HA has implemented innovative design strategies and principles for public housing developments, including carbon emission estimation and microclimate studies. New projects are planned with a green ratio of at least 20%. HA has also incorporated sustainability features such as recycled materials, energy-saving measures and water-saving initiatives in the construction stage

$20 billion to build new, and revamp existing, sports and recreation facilities
In the next five years to launch 26 projects for the new and existing sports and recreation facilities. The projects involve 54 venues, including soccer pitches, swimming pools, bowling greens and tennis courts. Mr Leung said the Government plans to expand the uses of Wan Chai Sports Ground in 2019 at the earliest

Development of an innovation and technology park at the Lok Ma Chau Loop confirmed
The Memorandum of Understanding on Jointly Developing the Lok Ma Chau Loop by Hong Kong & Shenzhen was signed on January 3. With a site area four times that of the Science Park, the 87-hectare Hong Kong/Shenzhen Innovation & Technology Park will be the largest innovation and technology platform ever set up in Hong Kong

MTR South Island Line opens for passenger service
Extending railway network to reach all 18 districts of Hong Kong

WKCDA announces the Palace Museum to establish a new museum in Hong Kong
Expected to be opened in 2022, the HKPM will further strengthen Hong Kong's position as the cultural metropolis. The capital cost of the HKPM will be fully funded by a donation of HK$3.5 billion from the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust

Consent was given for work to start on 10 building projects in October
The Buildings Department approved six building plans in October and Consent was given for work to start on 10 building projects that will provide 112,214 sq m of GFA for domestic use, involving 2,270 units. The Lands Department also announced that a Kai Tak residential site will be sold by public tender in January

Greater PRD meeting focuses on New Trend of Smart Airports
Representatives from the five airports - Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Macau, Shenzhen and Zhuhai shared presentations on smart airports, introducing applications of innovative technologies that have successfully enhanced airport efficiency. Discussion session was conducted for exchanging views on the new trends of smart airports

The largest solar farm in Hong Kong opens
The solar farm at the Siu Ho Wan Sewage Treatment Works of the Drainage Services Department came into operation on December 9, the largest of its kind in Hong Kong

Construction commenced on East Kowloon Cultural Centre
The multipurpose venue will be equipped with facilities suiting the production needs of diverse art forms and groups, including a 1,200-seat multi-function theatre and a 500-seat concert hall. Foundation work has begun and the project is scheduled to open in 2021.

Airport Authority issues invitation to tender for Skycity new hotel development
Skycity is an integrated development of HKIA, which will feature retail complexes, entertainment facilities, dining space, hotels, and office towers in its approximately 25 hectares of land at the north of the airport island

Kai Tak commercial site sold for $7.388 billion
Thomas Lam, a senior director at Knight Frank, said the long payback period might be the reason the winning bid was lower than expected, as the proposed development would be leased instead of sold. "It is a good price for the winner as the area has vast potential for development in the future," Lam said.

Shortlist of nominees for the annual China Property Awards announced
Phoenix Property leads the list with four nominations for its Hong Kong-based ultra luxury condo project The Morgan. Located in the Mid-Levels West, The Morgan collects three nominations for its architectural and interior designs. Another project, 3 Julia Avenue, is nominated for two awards in residential category.

Green buildings benefit people, productivity and profit
Hong Kong's International Commerce Centre, the tallest building in the territory and seventh tallest in the world, uses its health and wellbeing features to help sell its 2.5 million sq ft of office space

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