Former Indonesian President hopes for better urban planning

According to the Jakarta Post, the former president of Indonesia BJ Habibie came out yesterday suggesting that urban planning laws were not enough and that urban planning requires better implementation.

The Jakarta Post reported that Habibie said

“Don’t assume that having a legal system is enough. It’s not. The main thing is implementation,” he said.

“Humans are the ones who created problems and humans are the ones who have to be able to solve the problems and nobody else,” he said.

The Jakarta Post also went on to report that

Indonesia has law on spatial planning but implementation has been poor. The capital city of Jakarta for example has only around 9.6 percent of open green areas, which is far from what the regulated 30 percent.

Read the full article at the SOURCE: Jakarta Post – Implementation crucial for urban planning: Habibie

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English Heritage unveils Stonehenge visitor centre designs

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Proposed View of Visitor Centre

English Heritage has unveiled the new plans for the Stonehenge visitor centre design. The design was created by Denton Corker Marshall (DCM) and according to English Hertiage website

has been designed to be sensitive to its surroundings and to the significance of the monument.

The placement and design of the building seems to attempt to place the focus on Stonehenge rather than the visitor centre. However, the design seems as though it could be anywhere in the world for any manner of attractions. I understand that this is the second round of designs after the subterranean design by DCM was quashed, however I think the design seems to be trying to please too many people and stakeholders.

From the renders and plans it is hard to judge whether the access road and car park are hidden from view. I hope that this is the case and that some form of  ha-ha has been incorporated into the landscape design to obscure the road and  car park from view to create a sense of flowing green fields that currently exists.

To see all the renders and plans go to the gallery at English Heritage

Proposed Aerial View

Proposed Aerial View

SOURCE: English Heritage

IMAGE SOURCE: English Heritage

NC Botanical Garden’s New Education Center Opens – Orange County – MyNC.com

The New Education Center at the North Carolina Botanical Gardens has opened. The 29,656-square-foot green building is the first LEED Platinum certified building in North Carolina. The building was designed by architect Frank Haron of Raleigh.

David Swanson served as the landscape architect for the project.

to find out more information go to North Carolina Botanical Gardens – Education Center

via  MyNC.com.

Gulf rail projects could exceed $60b(Dh220 billion)

Construction of the long-awaited rail network that will link the six members of the GCC is expected to start in 2010 or 2011. The cost will be shared among the six Gulf states — Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

The first section is the UAE National Railway. Also there will be toutes to Saudi Arabia and also to Oman from the Kuwait-Iraq border.

Projects will be awarded in 2010 with the first track to be completed by 2013-2014. The trains will run at speeds between 80 and 120 kilometres per hour for freight transport and between 160 and 200 kilometres per hour for passenger transport.

read more VIA: gulfnews : Gulf rail projects could exceed $60b .

Beijing CBD expansion plan to be chosen this year

Beijing CBD - Guomao
Beijing City government has placed seven alternative design for the Beijing CBD public display. Beginning yesterday they were opened for public comment as apart of a six-day CBD International Business Festival.  A plan will be selected by the end of this year for planning and implementation.

The masterplans were submitted by the SOM, KFP, ADPi, China Academy of Urban Planning & Design, along with three design firms.

The plans calls for a 3 square kilometre expansion of the CBD which  doubles the size of the current Beijing CBD. The city government has requested that all new buildings in the new area have a low carbon footprint.

The expansion includes the area from East Third Ring Road near Guomao to the Fourth Ring Road near Sihui Bridge, and will be completed in the next six to eight years. The existing CBD took ten years to complete.

via China Daily – CBD set to double by 2017

via China Daily – Beijing CBD expansion plan to be chosen this year.

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