14 firms shortlisted for city makeover – Times of India

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

2009 Open Architecture Challenge finalists announced

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

City squares miss urban life: expert – China Daily

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.

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Economics a critical part of Kalamazoo master plan – Mlive.com

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

In the News Weekend – 25-26 July

NDSU not worried about South Dakota architecture competition – INFORUM – Fargo

Va. architects see future in eco-friendly design – Times Dispatch

Mesa working on broader ‘Bicycle Master Plan’- East Valley Tribue

Finalists Selected for Downtown Master Plan – KWCH

KC parks get their day in the sun – kansascity.com

Japanese beetles less of a problem this summer, many think – State Register (IL, USA)

Nothing is sacred when it comes to progress – Shanghai Daily

EVENT:
Summer Sustainability Series on Urban Gardening in New York City with Sarah Seigal,
Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates
Toyota Sustainable Summer Series
Toyota Children’s Learning Garden 603 East 11th Street, New York, NY
July 30, 2009 from 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
SOURCE: Green Building Elements

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