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Santa Clara’s city council unanimously approved the $6.5 billion City Place Santa Clara mixed-use development on Tuesday. The project will be built next to the San Fransisco 49ers new stadium, Levi’s Stadium, and will be constructed over the next 10 to 20 years. The approval from the city council allows Steven Ross’s development firm Related to begin the final planning phase. Santa Clara officials are excited by the development and look forward to getting a new downtown area after the city’s previous downtown was torn down in the 1950s and 60s.

TNO Diana's seminar on Structural & Geotechnical Engineers Handshake for Seismic Soil Foundation & Structure Interaction Analysis & Design of Civil Structures took place on the 21st of June 2014 in Delft, The Netherlands.

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An overpass under construction in Belo Horizonte, Brazil collapsed last Thursday killing two people and injuring 19 others. The bridge collapsed while vehicles were driving below the overpass and a commuter bus, two construction trucks, and one car were struck by the falling span. The video embedded under Media below shows the bridge overpass collapsing. 

The 2011 earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan left a devastating path of destruction and claimed the lives of 19,000 people.  Most of the hardest hit areas by the disaster including Fukushima, Miyagi and Iwate were completely washed away. The Japanese government would now like to build 230 miles of walls along the coastline in these three prefectures. The project to tsunami-proof these stretches of land will cost $8.6 billion and take nearly 25 years to finance with taxpayer money.  While the government seems determined to build what is being dubbed “The Great Wall of Japan”, many of the 2011 disaster survivors feel that the walls are a waste of money and do not want to see Japan turn into a concrete fortress.

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Tuesday, 01 July 2014 10:46

27 Dead in Two India Building Collapses

Two deadly building collapses occurred in India this past weekend claiming the lives of 27 people. There are still victims trapped in the rubble as well as people who are unaccounted for over the past few days. Ten people died and two people were injured on Saturday when a run-down four-story building collapsed in New Dehli.  The 50 year-old building housed many families and was not well maintained. Later that day, an 11-story building under construction collapsed in Chennai, the capital city of the Tamil Nadu state, after a heavy rainstorm. The building had two towers, once of which collapsed, and was planned to have 42 apartment units.  Seventeen died when the structure toppled. Rescue workers were able to save 21 people who were trapped by the collapse but they fear some workers are still burried in the rubble. It is believed there were around 50 workers on site when the building collapsed.

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Victoria Planning Minister, Matthew Guy, approved three new apartment developments this week in Melbourne, Australia including a 100-story skyscraper that will become the tallest apartment building in the southern hemisphere. The three projects are expected to cost a total of $830 million and provide housing to 4,000 people. The three developments will also create 5,800 construction jobs over the next five years. Construction will get underway on the tallest and most prominent of the three buildings, Australia 108, within the next year and it will be completed by 2019.