Poor urban planning to blame for flood disaster: Philippines

asiaone reports

Poor urban planning that saw housing estates and shantytowns spring up near reservoirs and lakes is partly to blame for massive flooding that has killed nearly 300 in the Philippines, officials said Tuesday.

“There have been lapses and omissions in the proper gear shifts in urban planning – that we have to admit,” President Gloria Arroyo’s spokesman Cerge Remonde said in a statement.

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Donation to create Dallas City Design Studio

The Dallas Morning News reports

A multimillion-dollar gift from Deedie and Rusty Rose will establish a design studio to expand Dallas’ planning and development efforts along the Trinity River corridor, the city and the Trinity Trust Foundation announced Tuesday.

The couple donated $5 million, of which $2 million will go to create the Dallas City Design Studio. The other $3 million will go toward the foundation’s educational outreach programs.

SOURCE: $5 million gift to fund urban design center for Dallas

City an ‘obese parody’

The Age reports

FEDERAL Labor MP Kelvin Thomson has savaged the Victorian Government’s handling of urban planning in a blistering newsletter to constituents.

Mr Thomson said the State Government’s planning blueprint Melbourne 2030, which aimed to reduce urban sprawl, had failed badly. He attacked State Government plans to increase Melbourne’s boundary by 41,000 hectares.

SOURCE: The Age – City an ‘obese parody’

TIME: Detroit: The Death and Possible Life of a Great City.

Time magazine has run the cover story Detroit: The Death — and Possible Life — of a Great City.

Detroit has to shrink its footprint, even if it means condemning decent houses in the gap-toothed areas and moving their occupants to compact neighborhoods where they might find a modicum of security and service. Build greenbelts, which are a lot cheaper to maintain than untraveled streets. Encourage urban farming. Let the barren areas revert to nature.

read the full article at TIME: Detroit: The Death — and Possible Life — of a Great City

Architectural Association Landscape Urbanism Open Day

AALU will be showing the projects of the students from 08-09 course working in the metropolitan region of the Pearl River Delta, China. A panel of international experts has been invited to comment on the work and participate in an open discussion.

Friday 9TH October, Architectural Association, 36 Bedford Square, London Lecture hall

1030AM to 6PM

INVITED PANEL WILL INCLUDE

Kelly Shannon – Lecturer in KU Leuven

Peter Zöch – Editor of Topos magazine

Munchen Pino Scaglione – Editor of LIST, Lecturer at Trento University

Robert Huxford – Director of Urban Design magazine, London

Claudia Pasquero – Director EcoLogic Studio, London, AAInter10

Mary Bowman – Director of Gustafson Porter, London

James Haigstreeter – Director of EDAW/AECOM

Sandra Morris – Landscape Historian

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