Will Hurst, David Rogers of Building Design report
It will happen, says government; Cabe to beef up review panel in meantime
A competition promised by the government to help find the best designs for its flagship eco-towns initiative has been mothballed.
read the full article at Building Design – Design competition for eco-towns mothballed
Ashley D’Mello of Times of India reprots
MUMBAI: The dream to re-mould the city and its surroundings into a cleaner, greener and a hi-tech metropolis is firming up with the state shortlisting 14 international firms out of 39 that had expressed interest in the project.
Among the consultants shortlisted are Jurong Consultants, Singapore, Lea International, Canada, Urbis, Dubai, Calthrope Associates USA, Groupe SCE,France, Gensler,USA, ILFS and Perkins Eastman, US, Arup Consultants with Domnique Perrault (France), Atonk International/Edsa, US, Buro Happold, London, Maxwan Arehelt, Rotterdam, GFB, Germany, and Consulting Engineering Services, India.
SOURCE: Times of India – 14 firms shortlisted for city makeover
Architecture for Humanity host of this years Open Architecture Challenge has announced the finalists for 2009.
The finalists entries for classrooms designs have a great variety of locations including India, Uganda, Central Nepal, Colombia, USA, and the UK. The finalist teams come from small to one of the largest architecture firms in the world.
All the designs has to provide a solution to this years challenge of the Classroom and the finalists where judged over almost a month by 60 jurors. To see the list of finalists go to Open Architecture Challenge
SOURCE: Open Architecture Challenge VIA Metropolis
Tan Yingzi of China Daily reports
While more and more Chinese cities are following Dalian’s example and building large city squares, urban planning experts warned Thursday that local governments must stop simply copying the Western style and look for more practical construction and local flavor.
read the full article at the SOURCE: China Daily – City squares miss urban life: expert
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Kathy Jessup / Kalamazoo Gazette reports
Developing a new, 10-year master plan for the city of Kalamazoo is more than a Monopoly game of putting houses on some properties, businesses on others, and throwing in an occasional green space……..
So what can economists tell planners that will help them vision a vibrant Kalamazoo 10 years down the road?…….
SOURCE: Kalamazoo Gazette – Economics a critical part of Kalamazoo master plan – Mlive.com