The number of design review panels has more than doubled in the last five years, so that now almost every local authority has access to high quality independent design advice. Over 80 panels are up and running across England.
New guidance has been launched, Design review: principles and practice, to promote consistently high standards for all panels.
The guidance has been developed by CABE, the Royal Institute of British Architects, the Royal Town Planning Institute and the Landscape Institute.
As Greater Western Sydney burgeons, the need for skilled urban planners is mushrooming.
The University of Western Sydney (UWS) is launching a new Bachelor of Social Science/ Master of Urban Management and Planning degree.
According to the University of Pennsylvania Almanac
A ceremonial groundbreaking will be held at Penn Park on Friday, November 6. The event tent will be located east of Levy Tennis Pavilion, at the west gate to the Penn Park site. Penn Park is a 24-acre site on the eastern edge of the campus, offering beautiful views of the Center City skyline located along the Schuylkill River between Walnut and South Street. The Park will expand Penn’s athletic and recreation facilities within a broader public open space. The primary facilities will include: multi-purpose artificial fields (one enclosed by a seasonal air structure), outdoor tennis courts, and associated program elements consisting of restrooms, spectator seating and parking. The landscape architect is Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc. It is expected to be completed by summer 2011.
SOURCE: University of Pennsylvania Almanac
Building Design reports
The application for the £300 million scheme on the outskirts of Chesterfield has gone in to Chesterfield Borough Council and is the largest ever submitted in the town.
Proposals include 1,550 house and apartments along with 2,200 sq m of retail and leisure space along with 30,350 sq m of office accommodation.
Read more at the SOURCE: Building Design – Edaw & Aecom’s Derbyshire urban village
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A great editorial from The Nation from the Asian Network of Major Cities 21 Conference (ANMC21) being held in Bangkok.
The editor writes about various issues including:
As Asian countries enjoy economic growth, many face problems that come with too-rapid urbanisation. City dwellers in many Asian countries are increasingly suffering from deteriorating environment conditions.
Many big Asian cities, including Bangkok, have seen their populations grow so fast that social services and infrastructure cannot cope. High density of population can also lead to the quick spread of communicable diseases such as swine flu. Besides this, rapidly growing cities tend to suffer the twin problems of an upsurge in crime and poverty in slum areas.
read more at the [SOURCE: The Nation – Asian cities are growing but quality of life is plummeting]