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 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
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
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
INVITED PANEL WILL INCLUDE
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
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.
Oregonlive.com – Retiring baby boomers begin heading for the country - VIA Planetizen