Allison Arieff in her blog for the New York Times writes “For a long time now I’ve been obsessed with suburban and exurban master-planned communities and how to make them better. But as the economy and the mortgage crisis just seem to get worse, and gas prices continue to plunge, the issues around housing have changed dramatically. The problem now isn’t really how to better design homes and communities, but rather what are we going to do with all the homes and communities we’re left with.”
Read the full article @ the SOURCE: [NYTimes.com – What Will Save the Suburbs? – Allison Arieff Blog]
Shanghai Daily reports “Wu Zhiqiang, the chief planner of Expo Shanghai, is an ardent fan who sees both sides of the emerging city, which is just as well as the decisions he has made will have a major bearing on how it is perceived long into the future.
“Shanghai is an adult with a juvenile skeleton,” said Wu, who leads the College of Architecture and Urban Planning of Tongji University.”
Read the full article @ the [SOURCE: Shanghai Daily Planner sets up future Shanghai]
The New York Times has reported on the Sustainable Sites report in the Home & Garden section. Although some of us may loathe that it is in the “Home & Garden” section, I feel that its great that the mainstream media is giving some coverage to something that we will need to understand, use and educate clients on in the near future.
Remember that public comments are accepted until January 20 so get writing and maybe setup a “Sustainable Sites” meeting or group in your office so that your firm can have a dialogue and discussion about the report.
The article gives good coverage to the report and its contents with a summary of points. Read the full article @ the SOURCE: NYTimes.com – In the Garden – Pushing for Sustainable Landscapes
Prominent Dallas civic leaders Deedie and Rusty Rose have donated $1 million to the School of Architecture at The University of Texas at Austin to fund two endowments in urban planning.
[SOURCE: The University of Texas at Austin – School of Architecture Receives $1 Million to Tackle Urbanization Challenges]
Daily Post North Wales reports “NORTH Wales’ first-ever green school opens its doors to more than 300 pupils on Anglesey today.
The relocated £3.7m Ysgol-y-Graig, which is built from sustainable timber, will generate its own electricity.”
[SOURCE: Daily Post North Wales – North Wales’ first eco-friendly school opens]
Jessica Hume of The National Newspaper talks to Robert Egan Landscape Architect about Abu Dhabi.
The article starts with “After completing a waterfront development project in China, the landscape architect Robert Egan is now working on a project in Abu Dhabi which involves turning a downtown car park into a mixed-use public space. Also an abstract landscape painter, Egan sees the connection between the natural and built environments as one of the most important elements of design.”
read the full article at the SOURCE:The National Newspaper – A cityscape for all walks of life
Sydney Morning Herald reports that “SYDNEY will be reinvented as a high-density metropolis serviced by mass-transit subways under a transport blueprint being developed by senior state and federal government bureaucrats.
Powerful new legislation underpinning a proposed metro network costing $13 billion will enable transport and planning officials to reshape the inner suburbs of Sydney, paving the way for apartment towers as high as 15 storeys as well as large-scale retail and office blocks.”
read the full article @ the [SOURCE smh.com.au – Get ready: high-rise suburbs coming]