Hong Kong to set up dedicated office to boost local creative industries – Xinhua

Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Donald Tsang said Wednesday that the government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) will set up a dedicated office to promote the development of creative industries.

Read more @ the SOURCE: Xinhua– Hong Kong to set up dedicated office to boost local creative industries_.

Street furniture – a balancing act between design and revenue

Street furniture in the modern city is a balancing act between creating revenue stream from advertisers and a clean design element that has good design and function.

As reported by the Ottawa Citizen – Ottawa is currently facing this issue and using a $275,000 study to look at design, aesthetics and function and also a public consultation process which ends in December. Ottawa residents are invited to provide input at www.ottawasimplicity.ca

The Ottawa Citizen has reported “Ottawa landscape architect John Wright says street furniture should be quiet and harmonious, with good proportions and materials. Standard pieces should not be used in key places like Festival Plaza, he adds.”

Read more at the SOURCE: Ottawa Citizen – Mayor launches plan to rid sidewalks of ugly street furniture.

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.

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