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The 550-foot tall High Roller Wheel opened near the strip in Las Vegas, Nevada on Monday after nearly three years of planning and construction. The Ferris wheel is nine feet taller than the Singapore Flyer that had held the title as world’s tallest observation wheel since 2008. Tourists can purchase tickets for one revolution around the wheel, a 30-minute ride, for $24.95 during the day and $35.95 at night. 

As Africa continues to develop, one of the main challenges it still faces, is its shortage of completed infrastructure projects. In many cases public funding alone cannot provide the resources needed to develop African countries’ infrastructure. Public budgets are spread too thin due to the need to develop other aspects of these countries as well as build roads and bridges. According to a 2010 report issued by the World Bank, the continent’s inadequate transportation, power, and communication systems are causing sub-Saharan African economic growth to decrease by two percentage points each year. In addition to the growth decrease, poor infrastructure can decrease business productivity by 40 percent annually. Elizabeth Uwaifo, the Director of Africa Agribusiness Knowledge Centers and a Partner at international business law firm Fasken Martineau, is calling for the use of Public Private Partnerships (PPP) to bridge the funding gaps in sub-Saharan Africa and improve the continent’s physical infrastructure.

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Monday, 31 March 2014 12:35

PortMiami Soccer Stadium Design Unveiled

A group led by retired soccer star David Beckham unveiled renderings of the new PortMiami soccer stadium that will be built along the Biscayne Bay in Miami, Florida.  The open-air soccer stadium will provide views of the downtown skyline and bayfront and strives to emulate some of the great European soccer stadiums that have been built over the past decade. Once finished, the stadium will be home to the new Major League Soccer expansion team that David Beckham recently purchased.

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Thursday, 27 March 2014 10:41

Tappan Zee Bridge Funding Questions Remain

While the first three piles for the Tappan Zee Bridge in New York have been completed, there are still many questions remaining about how the bridge will be financed. The original three-mile long Tappan Zee Bridge was completed in 1955, and it spans the Hudson River at its widest point connecting Rockland County and Westchester County. Construction on the new bridge began last year after decades of debate over whether to repair the existing bridge or build a new one. Currently, only $1.6 billion, of the $3.9 billion it will cost to build the new bridge, has been committed to the project. New York Lawmakers and officials at the New York State Thruway Authority, the agency overseeing construction of the bridge, are trying to determine who will pay for the $2.3 billion gap in funding.

Tuesday, 25 March 2014 11:50

Hyper-Speed Vertical Train Hub Concept

Two British designers, Christopher Christophi and Lucas Mazarrasa, received honorable mention in eVolo’s 2014 Skyscraper Competition for their Hyper-Speed Vertical Train Hub concept. This year’s competition marks the ninth year that eVolo Magazine has hosted a competition to recognize outstanding ideas for vertical living through the novel use of technology, materials, programs, aesthetics, and spatial organizations. The Magazine picked three winners from the 525 projects from 43 countries that were submitted. The Hyper-Speed Vertical Train Hub was one of 20 projects that received honorable mention.

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Diamond Developers has begun construction on the $300 million Sustainable City located just outside of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. They expect to have one hundred units ready by the end of the year, and the Sustainable City project will be finished by mid-2016. Residents who purchase units in the development will not be subjected to any service charges, maintenance fees, or community fees, and they will also be given a golf cart and a subsidy to purchase another electric car. The development will be the first self-sufficient city in the world in terms of resources, transportation, and energy.