The Herald (Scotland) reports “Glasgow’s Commonwealth Games in 2014 should bring about an improvement in the health of every citizen, if the investment opportunity is used wisely.
That is the view of one of the world’s leading consultants on sustainable urban development, Gary Lawrence of Ove Arup, who was in Scotland recently talking to civic and business leaders.”
SOURCE: The Herald – Sustainability Built Into One Grand Design
Building Design reports that “Herzog & de Meuron has unveiled designs for the Madrid headquarters of Spanish bank BBVA.
The design concept proposes creating a small city and artificial oasis on a site on the outskirts of the city, described by the architects as a “desert-like” space”
read the full article with images @ [SOURCE: Building Design – Herzog & de Meuron reveals design for Madrid bank HQ – Building Design].
Kristen Johnson of the Post-Journal reports
“Help is on the way for Jamestown’s distressed neighborhoods.
By the end of this year, the city’s Strategic Planning and Partnership Commission hopes to hire a consultant to develop a five-year strategic plan that would include implementation measures to revitalize the city’s distressed neighborhoods.”
SOURCE: Jamestown -Post-Journal – A Plan For The Future – News, Sports, Jobs, Community Information –
Scottish Architecture reports “Russian energy giant Gazprom has pledged to fund the 396m-high RMJM-designed Okhta Centre tower in St Petersburg after the city government suspended its contribution to the project.
Read more at the SOURCE: Scottish Architecture – Gazprom pledges to fully fund RMJM’s St Petersburg tower
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]