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Links for August 11th through August 17th

by Mel Starrs on August 18, 2010

in News

[Edited 18 Aug – for some reason some blank links have been publishing – all the links I have tried to send are there, these appear to be addition. I suspect it is a result of me messing around on iPhone and iPad with settings – hopefully will be fixed next week – I’ve deleted the error 500 links]

These are my links for August 11th through August 17th:

  • It Isn’t Easy Grading Green – GreenSource Magazine – Excellent, must read article on various global green building ratings. so good I couldn’t choose a quote – go read the whole thing.
  • Clients wary of Davis Langdon deal with Aecom | Magazine News | Building – My obsession with M&A continues – here the multiplier is on sales rather than profit: “Tony Williams, chairman of consultant Watts, said the merger was an excellent deal for Davis Langdon and as a result other consultants could sell for a higher price. “DL’s price tag is 75% of its sales [based on Aecom’s figure of $430m, or £274m, for the 2009 calendar year]. I’d expect 100% in a bull market and 50% in a bear market. We’re not in a bear market but conditions are pretty difficult, so this is a good deal for DL.” In fact, he argues that it is a better deal than American engineer URS’ purchase of Scott Wilson for £223m, which was 66% of its sales. The result? “We’ve seen two deals where consultants have sold for well over 50%. So I’d say the benchmark is 70% for a decent business. Six weeks ago I’d have said 50-55% but now if I were a vendor I’d look for at least 60%.””
  • Residents hit boiling point at the eco tower where turbines don’t turn | News – Oh dear: “But the turbines have barely moved, according to its new residents. They also claim the single boiler down the side of the building is overheating their flats. Resident Nathan Wheelhouse said: “When I left my house the other morning it was 28C at 7.30am — it’s tropical in there. The cold and hot water pipes flow next to each other. I feel like I’m in an eco experiment that has gone wrong at the design stage. I only moved in two weeks ago and I am not enjoying it.” “
  • News – ‘Cheap’ solar geoengineering plans may have unintended consequences – The Ecologist – “‘Doing SRM is likely to be cheap,’ said Professor Granger Morgan, head of Carnegie Mellon’s Department of Engineering and Public Policy, ‘so there is risk that a single nation or region might start doing it to solve a local or regional climate problem, and impose the impacts on all of us.'”
  • Strata tower wins 2010 Carbuncle Cup | News | Building Design – “The building’s grim stridency is exacerbated by its sporty livery of alternating black and white stripes, configured, needless to say, in voguish barcode distribution. And to literally cap it all off there are the three gargantuan wind turbines at the top. The architect has trumpeted that these could supply 8% of the building’s energy requirements, which seems nothing much to shout about given the enormous expenditure in carbon that has been required to engineer such a baroque arrangement and the fact that this is a part of London that has absolutely no need for the creation of a 147m-tall tower. For services to greenwash, urban impropriety and sheer breakfast- extracting ugliness, we hereby award the 2010 Carbuncle Cup to the Strata tower.”
  • A Glimpse of Dubai in Khartoum and Nouakchott: Prestige Urban Projects on the Margins of the Arab World – “We hypothesize that for these cities, located on the margins of the Arab world, prestige projects inspired by the Gulf model epitomize a new way of development based on hypermodernity. They epitomize economic development, success and opulence thanks to oil exploitation. Undergoing discovery and exploitation of oil resources makes the Mauritanian and Sudanese governments hope to follow the same path. Moreover, the towers of Dubai represent a specific cultural model for two states where affiliation to the Arab world is a contested political issue. The comparative approach brings out the importance of foreign investments in these urban transformations, characterized by privatization processes and real estate speculation. The emerging urban model is in strong contrast to the citizens’ expectations and national political unrest.”