Improving Montreal will take more than attracting one star architect

Henry Aubin, The Gazette’s regional affairs columnist, heralds the coming of star French architect Paul Andreu to a corner of the Quartier des spectacles as, if not a mythical event, “one that will breathe a breath of fresh air for the city’s stuffy insular architectural establishment.”

SOURCE: The Gazette – Improving Montreal will take more than attracting one star architect.

London Mayor developing recovery plan for capital’s economy

Mayor of London Boris Johnson announced today that he and his team are developing an Economic Recovery Action Plan designed to support Londoners and businesses through the predicted economic hardship ahead.

The Mayor has already confirmed several steps he is taking to support London, which include:

* Refocusing the London Development Agency’s £400m budget towards promoting jobs, skills and economic growth;
* Investing £600m in training to give Londoners the skills they need to find and stay in work;
* Pushing ahead with over 50 major infrastructure projects, such as upgrades to the tube and Crossrail, to ensure that London remains globally competitive.

SOURCE: Greater London Authority – Press Release

ADB Reinforces Support for Urban Development in Bangladesh

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is providing additional funds to improve the basic services and infrastructure in small and medium-sized towns of Bangladesh.

The $87 million loan, sourced from ADB’s Special Funds, will be released in phases. The fund disbursements to each town are linked to governance reform and improvement in urban services.

SOURCE: Asian Development Bank – ADB Reinforces Support for Urban Development in Bangladesh.

Thousands move from B.C. cities

A new analysis of migration patterns inside B.C. upsets the notion that small-town folks are increasingly flocking to big cities.

While the main destination for new arrivals from other countries or provinces is Metro Vancouver, a five-year study of census data by BC Stats shows a trend in the opposite direction for those moving around within the province.

SOURCE: – Community News Papers from across BC Online.

BDP to prepare master plan for Károlyi project

The new master plan for the Károlyi István City Centre in Újpest will be completed this month, with the investor commissioning BDP, Europe’s largest architectural design studio, for the task.

Read more @ the SOURCE: Napi Online.

Neighborhood Greenness Has Long Term Positive Impact on Kids’ Health

In the first study to look at the effect of neighborhood greenness on inner city children’s weight over time, researchers from the Indiana University School of Medicine, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and the University of Washington report that higher neighborhood greenness is associated with slower increases in children’s body mass over a two year period, regardless of residential density.

SOURCE: Indiana University – Neighborhood greenness has long term positive impact on kids’ health.

‘Brain city’ a student assignment – Queensland – BrisbaneTimes

A reported plan to build a massive research facility with 10,000 people at Pinjarra Hills, west of Brisbane, is simply a “hypothetical” exercise formulated by urban planning students at the University of Queensland.

SOURCE: BrisbaneTimes‘Brain city’ a student assignment – Queensland –

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