Dutch flood control experts to present ideas to city officials today – Breaking News from New Orleans – Times-Picayune – NOLA.com

A four-day intensive planning event on the future of flood protection in New Orleans will culminate today when experts from the Netherlands and local urban planners present their flood control ideas to city officials.

Read more @ the SOURCE: NOLA.comDutch flood control experts to present ideas to city officials today – Breaking News from New Orleans – Times-Picayune – .

Mumbai’s final chance? – DNA

Today, Mumbai is at the crossroads — a unique opportunity or an unmitigated disaster. Can this be a defining moment in Mumbai’s history? The answer lies with us.

Mumbai is not unique. Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Birmingham, London and Chicago have gone through this transformation from ugly ducklings to efficient cities.

read more of Lalit Gandhi oped piece @ the SOURCE: dnaindia.com – Opinion – Mumbai’s final chance? – Daily News & Analysis.

Malaysia’s largest development unveiled

The Iskandar Investment Board (IIB) launched Malaysia’s largest urban development at Cityscape Dubai last week.

Medini Iskandar, a 2,300 acre (920 hectares) international mixed-use urban development project consisting of nine clusters, should bring in about Dh20 billion in the next 15 to 20 years, said Arlida Ariff, managing director of the Malaysian-based Iskandar Investment Board.

The Iskandar Development Region will include 5 Economic Zones in the country’s southern peninsula. Many of the Zones will have tax concessions for investment in the local economy.

SOURCE: Gulfnews: Malaysia’s largest development unveiled.

Tianjin – Eco city under construction

AFTER 17 months of painstaking preparation and planning, Singapore and China yesterday began construction of their flagship eco-city, with a ground-breaking ceremony attended by top leaders from both countries.

Singapore’s Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao were at the event to launch the project, which both sides hope will show the way forward for other environmentally-friendly cities in China.

read more @ the SOURCE: Straittimes.com – S’pore, China breakground.

Big City – In Manhattan, a New Playground Is an Instant Hit – NYTimes.com

16th Street in Morningside Park, which had its ribbon-cutting a few weeks ago, could have been envisioned by some of those designers, to judge from the tasteful, creative layout, a vision of bright blues and greens.

The playground was designed by Alexander Hart, a 33-year-old assistant landscape architect at the Department of Parks and Recreation. “I wasn’t so keen on designing playgrounds until I started doing it,” Mr. Hart, a father of two young children, said on Wednesday morning at the playground. “But once I started, I found the design challenges so interesting.”

Read more @ the SOURCE: NYTimes.comBig City – In Manhattan, a New Playground Is an Instant Hit

West 8 wins competition Ecological District Saint-Denis

The winning design of West 8 and ING-Bremond for a new ecological district just outside of Paris emphasizes the insular character of the area. The experience of and the identification with the surrounding water of the Seine is being maximized; the two shores each have in their own way a relationship with the water.

SOURCE: West 8 Urban Design & Landscape Architecture / news / West 8 wins competition Ecological District Saint-Denis.

New design guidance launched to transform the future of play

Play England, the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) have launched, for the first time in the England, detailed guidance for the design of children’s play spaces.

Free copies of the guide can be ordered by calling (+44) 0845 60 222 60 or click here

SOURCE: Landscape Institute(UK) – New design guidance launched to transform the future of play.

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