Urbanization is inevitable process: Varma

The Times of India reports

According to Varma, “Urbanization is an inevitable process, according to recent research 90 per cent of urban growth is taking place in the developing world. But the present urban planning is not in consolidation of the rapid urban growth taking place.”

Keshav Varma is now heading the global urban program of World Bank Institute (WBI).

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The Urban Land Institute Announces Winners Of The 2009 Global Awards For Excellence Competition

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Five outstanding developments have been selected as winners of the 2009 Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) Global Awards for Excellence competition, widely recognized as the land use industry’s most prestigious recognition program. The winners are: the American University in Cairo – New Campus, Cairo, Egypt; California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco; The Rise, Vancouver, British Columbia; West Chelsea/High Line Rezoning Plan, New York City; and Zhongshan Shipyard Park, Zhongshan, China.

SOURCE: The Urban Land Institute

What’s behind that MLA that gives a landscape architect expertise? – Michael Spencer

Michael Spencer, ASLA, is a landscape architect with 25 years experience who recently wrote an article in the Naples Daily News giving an outline of the profession and its wide scope. He also gives some advice on how to become an Landscape Architect and also licensing. Michael concludes with why someone should hire an LA?

Michael writes in one paragraph

As I listen to this fine music, there’s something on my mind for some time, so let’s take a small side trip. The topic? Just exactly what is a landscape architect (LA), anyway? What are the qualifications? What is the educational background?

To read more of the article go to the [SOURCE: Naples Daily News - Make it Green: What’s behind that MLA that gives a landscape architect expertise?]

It’s  good to see a Landscape Architect in a newspaper highlighting the role of the profession. Maybe if your currently unemployed or underemployed it might be good idea to contact your local or city newspaper and offer to write an article about the profession.

Westborough Park to receive $2 million improvements

Westborough Park in the center of South San Francisco is about to get a $2 million facelift and playground equipment. The funding will come from development fees set aside for the project.

San Francisco Examiner reports

The city is currently outreaching to architecture firms for proposals to do the park improvement work.  They’ll accept proposals until the end of November, City engineer Ray Razavi said.

A landscape architect should be hired by early 2010, he said………..South San Francisco officials hope to have the upgrades completed by the spring of 2011.

[SOURCE: San Francisco Examiner - South City park to receive $2 million improvements]

Ideas competition for Champ-de-Mars metro station

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The Mayor of Montréal, Gérald Tremblay, is pleased to announce a nationwide ideas competition for the redesigning of the area around Champ-de-Mars metro station. The purpose of the competition is to solicit explorations and illustrations of a variety of development concepts made possible by the planned covering of the Ville-Marie expressway and the potential reconfiguration of its exit ramps.

Champ-de-Mars station, with its magnificent glassworks by renowned artist Marcelle Ferron, is one of the few landmarks remaining from the time before the construction of the Ville-Marie expressway. The immediate perimeter of the station forms a link between downtown Montréal and Old Montréal, and is one of the main pedestrian access routes to the historic district.
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