Sharjah Municipality to complete execution of AED1.5 billion projects – WAM

WAM reports

“Sharjah Municipality (SM), UAE remains committed to completing all ongoing development and infrastructure projects, which it is executing at a total cost of more than AED1.5 billion, it was disclosed by SM Director General, Salah Tahir Al-Hajj.”

SOURCE: WAM

Planning fails to keep pace with urbanisation – Viet Nam News

Viet Nam News reports

HA NOI — Only about 30 to 45 per cent of Viet Nam’s urban zones are the result of detailed planning, a construction ministry survey shows.

And rapid expansion and complex planning procedures are likely to ensure that the rate will not quickly improve.

The survey shows that in major cities such as Ha Noi, Hai Phong and Da Nang from 70 to 100 per cent of the inner-city has been thoroughly planned.

Detailed planning ranges from 25 to 40 per cent in outer-city small-to-medium urban precincts.

SOURCE: Viet Nam News – Planning fails to keep pace with urbanisation

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Landscape Will Redefine New Area in Shenzhen – Architectural Record


Anya Kaplan-Seem on Architectural Record reports

“For the large-scale redevelopment of Longgang Centre and Longcheng Square in Shenzhen, the United-Kingdom-based design collective Groundlab is turning the typical planning process upside-down.”

SOURCE: Architectural Record – Landscape Will Redefine New Area in Shenzhen

VAN ALEN INSTITUTE – Forum – Flight Patterns: Challenges of Urban Ecology & Diversity

Flight Patterns:

A Forum on the Design Challenges of Urban Ecology and Biodiversity
Moderated by Natalie Jeremijenko, New York Prize Fellow
Tuesday, February 10, 2009, 6:30pm at Van Alen Institute
30 W. 22nd Street, 6th Floor | New York, NY 10010

In response to the crash of US Airways Flight 1549 into the Hudson River on January 15th, and to the growing number of “bird strikes” to aircraft in metropolitan areas, please join Natalie Jeremijenko for a lively discussion and debate about the perceived threats of birds to public safety, and about the real risks and challenges we face in planning and designing for urban biodiversity.

Participants include Jeremy Edmiston, Architect and principal of SYSTEMarchitects; Paul Mankiewicz, Biologist, Plant Scientist, and Director of the Bronx-based Gaia Institute; Eric Sanderson, Landscape Ecologist with the Wildlife Conservation Society and Founder of the Mannahatta Project; and Kim Tripp, Director of the Jamaica Bay Institute at Gateway National Recreation Area.

This program is free and open to the public.

For more information go to the SOURCE: Van Alen Institute

Schwarzenegger’s restructuring proposals – SFGate.com

SFgate reports (via AP)

“Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger recently released 18 proposals to streamline government, a scaled-back version of his 2004 California Performance Review. His office projects the total cost savings at $126 million in the first year. One of his proposals is to eliminate the Landscape Architects Technical Committee, cutting 6.5 positions. Savings: $162,000.”

SOURCE: Sfgate.com – Schwarzenegger’s restructuring proposals

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