China coastal city wins UN Habitat award

China Daily

The local government of an Eastern China coastal city won a United Nations Habitat award on Monday for well executed urban planning which has transformed the city into a green home with new housing and infrastructure.

The awardee is the municipal government of Rizhao, a coastal city in Shandong province, Eastern China.

SOURCE: China Daily – China coastal city wins UN Habitat award

Wetlands loss linked to Outer Continental Shelf oil and gas pipelines in new study reports

A new study for the federal Minerals Management Service concludes that the construction of pipelines related to oil and gas production in the Outer Continental Shelf of the Gulf of Mexico “can cause locally intense habitat changes, thereby contributing to the loss of critically important land and wetland areas.”

read the full story at the SOURCE: – Wetlands loss linked to Outer Continental Shelf oil and gas pipelines in new study | New Orleans Business News

Poor urban planning to blame for flood disaster: Philippines

asiaone reports

Poor urban planning that saw housing estates and shantytowns spring up near reservoirs and lakes is partly to blame for massive flooding that has killed nearly 300 in the Philippines, officials said Tuesday.

“There have been lapses and omissions in the proper gear shifts in urban planning – that we have to admit,” President Gloria Arroyo’s spokesman Cerge Remonde said in a statement.

Read more at the SOURCE: asiaone – Poor urban planning to blame for flood disaster: Philippines

Donation to create Dallas City Design Studio

The Dallas Morning News reports

A multimillion-dollar gift from Deedie and Rusty Rose will establish a design studio to expand Dallas’ planning and development efforts along the Trinity River corridor, the city and the Trinity Trust Foundation announced Tuesday.

The couple donated $5 million, of which $2 million will go to create the Dallas City Design Studio. The other $3 million will go toward the foundation’s educational outreach programs.

SOURCE: $5 million gift to fund urban design center for Dallas

Architectural Association Landscape Urbanism Open Day

AALU will be showing the projects of the students from 08-09 course working in the metropolitan region of the Pearl River Delta, China. A panel of international experts has been invited to comment on the work and participate in an open discussion.

Friday 9TH October, Architectural Association, 36 Bedford Square, London Lecture hall

1030AM to 6PM


Kelly Shannon – Lecturer in KU Leuven

Peter Zöch – Editor of Topos magazine

Munchen Pino Scaglione – Editor of LIST, Lecturer at Trento University

Robert Huxford – Director of Urban Design magazine, London

Claudia Pasquero – Director EcoLogic Studio, London, AAInter10

Mary Bowman – Director of Gustafson Porter, London

James Haigstreeter – Director of EDAW/AECOM

Sandra Morris – Landscape Historian

Retiring baby boomers begin heading for the country reports

They represent a migration that turns conventional wisdom on its head. Urban planners have until now proceeded on the assumption that retiring baby boomers will downsize to a high-rise and spend their days lapping lattes and taking the streetcar to the art museum.

A lot of them will. But new data from the U.S. Department of Agriculturesays baby boomers will head to the country in big numbers, in the Northwest changing the face of rural Oregon, Washington and Idaho. – Retiring baby boomers begin heading for the country –  VIA Planetizen 

Indianapolis Museum of Art to Open on June 20, 2010

The Indianapolis Museum of Art announced recently that 100 Acres: The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park will open on June 20, 2010 with a public grand opening celebration including tours and a Summer Solstice program. Located on 100 acres of land that includes untamed woodlands, wetlands, a lake, and meadows adjacent to the Museum, 100 Acres will be one of the largest museum art parks in the country and the only one to feature the ongoing commission of temporary, site-responsive artworks. The park will open with eight newly commissioned inaugural works by international artists, a LEED-certified visitor center and numerous walking trails that highlight the indigenous landscape. As with the IMA galleries, admission to 100 Acres will be free.

The IMA has engaged architect Marlon Blackwell and landscape architect Edward L. Blake to develop a LEED-certified visitor pavilion and related walking trails throughout the site that emphasize native plantings.

SOURCE: The Indianapolis Museum of Art

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