Tianjin – Eco city under construction

AFTER 17 months of painstaking preparation and planning, Singapore and China yesterday began construction of their flagship eco-city, with a ground-breaking ceremony attended by top leaders from both countries.

Singapore’s Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao were at the event to launch the project, which both sides hope will show the way forward for other environmentally-friendly cities in China.

read more @ the SOURCE: Straittimes.com – S’pore, China breakground.

Companies moving inland from coastal region

China Daily gives an insight into the companies moving inland from the Shanghai and surrounding coastal cities – higher land, construction and labour costs.

“A changing industrial landscape is unfolding in China’s most prosperous coastal region…….

read more @ the SOURCE: China Daily Companies moving inland from coastal region

Urban expert offers advice on San Francisco

“There’s too little water, and too much of everything else,” Gehl said. “It has gone completely overboard in the quick-buck focus – how to skim a half-day tourist.”

“Gehl was in San Francisco last week as a guest of the Planning Department, which has engaged Gehl’s firm to recommend how the city’s streets and sidewalks can be made more enticing to bicyclists and pedestrians.”

read more @ the SOURCE: SFGate.com – Urban expert offers advice on San Francisco.

Is Farmland Preservation Worthwhile? – Planetizen

Preserving farmland has always been a major issue in the U.S. But as Bill Fulton discusses, the local economic results don’t quite justify the efforts.

“The longtime farmers say they’re losing money. Even the organic farmers, who are making money, fear that proximity to urban development — and the complaints that arise — will drive them out of business. The farmland is worth far, far more for development than for farming. So why save it? Is there an economic development purpose to farmland preservation?”

Read more @ the SOURCE: Is Farmland Preservation Worthwhile? – Planetizen.

Big City – In Manhattan, a New Playground Is an Instant Hit – NYTimes.com

16th Street in Morningside Park, which had its ribbon-cutting a few weeks ago, could have been envisioned by some of those designers, to judge from the tasteful, creative layout, a vision of bright blues and greens.

The playground was designed by Alexander Hart, a 33-year-old assistant landscape architect at the Department of Parks and Recreation. “I wasn’t so keen on designing playgrounds until I started doing it,” Mr. Hart, a father of two young children, said on Wednesday morning at the playground. “But once I started, I found the design challenges so interesting.”

Read more @ the SOURCE: NYTimes.comBig City – In Manhattan, a New Playground Is an Instant Hit

West 8 wins competition Ecological District Saint-Denis

The winning design of West 8 and ING-Bremond for a new ecological district just outside of Paris emphasizes the insular character of the area. The experience of and the identification with the surrounding water of the Seine is being maximized; the two shores each have in their own way a relationship with the water.

SOURCE: West 8 Urban Design & Landscape Architecture / news / West 8 wins competition Ecological District Saint-Denis.

New design guidance launched to transform the future of play

Play England, the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) have launched, for the first time in the England, detailed guidance for the design of children’s play spaces.

Free copies of the guide can be ordered by calling (+44) 0845 60 222 60 or click here

SOURCE: Landscape Institute(UK) – New design guidance launched to transform the future of play.

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