Paradise or purgatory: Urban sprawl in spotlight

January 26, 2008,AEDT

A debate over city growth has emerged after a housing affordability survey released this week recommended freeing up more land for houses. Demographia‘s fourth annual survey found New Zealand houses more unaffordable than those in the United States, Canada, Ireland, Britain and Australia. Read more @ Paradise or purgatory: Urban | Read More

Developer’s vision is frightening, says mayor

January 22, 2008,AEDT

Auckland mayor John Banks has attacked a city developer and his plans for five apartment blocks on the water’s edge at Orakei. As resource consent hearings for the development started, Mr Banks took the unusual step of issuing a statement to the Herald criticising the proposal and developer Tony Gapes’ | Read More

Singapore landscape industry to grow 10% a year

January 22, 2008,AEDT

The landscape industry is worth an estimated S$1 billion and the government expects it to grow rapidly. This is according to the Minister of State for National Development, Grace Fu. She was speaking at the Singapore Institute of Landscape Architects (SILA) Design Awards Presentation and Dinner on Monday evening. Ms | Read More

City builders to keep people in mind

January 22, 2008,AEDT

Environmentalists, urban planners and experts at a seminar in the city said architecture and life are closely related with each other. While planning a city and designing any architecture, all should keep in mind the welfare of the people, socio-cultural environment and the cause of humanity. People are becoming urbanised, | Read More

Dubai Municipality undertakes 109 landscape projects

January 22, 2008,AEDT

Dubai Municipality has announced that it will undertake this year 109 landscape and beautification projects worth Dhs463 million which will include development of the existing six public parks, setting up of 21 neighbourhood parks, 23 community facilities, four Ponds Parks and several other beautification projects. This was revealed by Eng. | Read More

John Atkin selected for Beijing Olympic exhibition

January 21, 2008,AEDT

John Atkin, Reader in Fine Art at Loughborough University, has been selected from 2,600 applicants to create a new sculpture for the major exhibition at Olympic Park, Beijing later this year. His initial designs received an ‘outstanding award’ from the judging panel. The sculpture weighs 27 tons and is carved | Read More

Rare plant halts Sydney development

January 18, 2008,AEDT

An investment company bought the 181ha former Air Services Australia site at Cranebrook in 2004, intending to subdivide and develop it for 1800 new residents. Since then, a number of rare and threatened plants and animals have been found on the land.The state environment department specifically recommended in 2006 that | Read More

Cities of the Future – Technewsworld

January 18, 2008,AEDT

Part 1 by Pam Baker looking at different models of the future cities and talking about the practicalities of Hyperstructures, Issues raised about building and maintaining Hyperstructures by the author and interviewees include:– Fire Protection– Waste Management– Hydraulics and Maintenance Baker also talks about Dongtan on Chongming Island near Shanghai | Read More

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