Northwest Design Review Panel announces affiliation with CABE

The Places Matter! Northwest Design Review Panel has joined with seven other regional design review services to affiliate with the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE). This will create a national network of design review panels, providing all local planning authorities with access to independent practical design advice. The network (including CABE) will collectively review more than 800 schemes a year.

Affiliation means that there is an agreement defining shared values, a shared service, and a joint commitment to high standards in design review. It will ensure that the panels work more closely together, learning is shared, and a consistent service is provided to developers and planners across England.
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Brentwood Park could get major facelift

Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports

The Brentwood Park Initiative may soon finalize plans for an ambitious overhaul — more than $6 million worth — of the town’s park.

A master plan has been presented to the group by J.T. Sauer & Associates, a landscape architect and engineering firm in McKees Rocks.

Initiative members met Tuesday for a walk through the park to visualize some of those proposals, which include replacing the basketball and tennis courts with two youth baseball fields, extending the track around the football field, relocating the basketball courts closer to the high school, adding a deck hockey rink, expanding the pool to include spray features, new turf and building a grandstand for the football stadium.

SOURCE: Pittsburgh Post Gazette (post-gazette.com) Brentwood Park could get major facelift

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

NOLA.com 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: NOLA.com – 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

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