Link urban and rural India

Prakash Joshi of the The Times of India reports in Link urban and rural India, says Rahul

“There is one India living in the urban areas, which is completely different from the one in rural India. We have to connect the two so
that the latter also enjoys the fruits of India’s growth,” said AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi at a rally in Panvel on Thursday.

The venue was apt, as Panvel has a mix of both urban and rural India. Within a few kilometres from the main town is rural Panvel, which has witnessed a lot of protests recently. Some have been over land acquisitions for Cidco, the proposed Navi Mumbai SEZ and Mahamumbai SEZ.

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The future of landscape architecture – 27east

April Gonzales attended the ASLA conference in Chicago in September and gives a summary of the presentations she attend and a brief overview parts of Chicago she visited in comparison to Southhampton. read more

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Irish Government publishes policy for the future of Architecture

Mr. John Gormley, T.D., Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government(Ireland) on 8 October 2009 published the Government Policy on Architecture 2009-2015 Towards a Sustainable Future: Delivering Quality within the Built Environment. At an event to launch the Policy in the Custom House, the Minister outlined his belief that the new Policy on Architecture 2009-2015 “provides a dynamic framework for the implementation of public policy on architecture over the next seven years”.The implementation of the Policy on Architecture should lead to a greater emphasis on the role of architectural and urban-design quality in the design of the built environment.  Minister Gormley emphasised that “the Policy complements and supports the Government’s wider economic strategy in areas such as research, green enterprise and the development of efficient and sustainable technologies for the built environment. Within the Policy there are various actions that support initiatives on job creation, enterprise and the export of Irish skills and products abroad.”

SOURCE: News – Department of the Environment, Heritage & Local Government.

Northwest Design Review Panel announces affiliation with CABE

The Places Matter! Northwest Design Review Panel has joined with seven other regional design review services to affiliate with the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE). This will create a national network of design review panels, providing all local planning authorities with access to independent practical design advice. The network (including CABE) will collectively review more than 800 schemes a year.

Affiliation means that there is an agreement defining shared values, a shared service, and a joint commitment to high standards in design review. It will ensure that the panels work more closely together, learning is shared, and a consistent service is provided to developers and planners across England.
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Brentwood Park could get major facelift

Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports

The Brentwood Park Initiative may soon finalize plans for an ambitious overhaul — more than $6 million worth — of the town’s park.

A master plan has been presented to the group by J.T. Sauer & Associates, a landscape architect and engineering firm in McKees Rocks.

Initiative members met Tuesday for a walk through the park to visualize some of those proposals, which include replacing the basketball and tennis courts with two youth baseball fields, extending the track around the football field, relocating the basketball courts closer to the high school, adding a deck hockey rink, expanding the pool to include spray features, new turf and building a grandstand for the football stadium.

SOURCE: Pittsburgh Post Gazette (post-gazette.com) Brentwood Park could get major facelift

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