Landscape architecture – a profession that focuses on the shaping of outdoor space and improves the interaction between people and the environment – has become indispensable to public works in recent years as there is a growing demand for a green cityscape.
About 50 landscape architects are now serving various Government departments to provide landscape designs, which are aesthetically satisfying, ecologically sound and functional.
Read more @ the SOURCE: news.com.hk – Enhancing HK’s cityscape.
Asiaone.com reports that “The quality of urban transport matters greatly to a city’s character, its liveability, and whether it can continue to sustain itself and grow, said Transport Minister Raymond Lim yesterday.
‘Today, about half of the world’s population already lives in cities,’ he said, adding that a UN report forecasts that this would rise to 70% in the next 40 years.”
SOURCE: Asiaone motoring – Transport key to cities’ growth: minister.
AJC.com reports that “the construction activity in Buckhead is “goofy.”
That description comes not from a disgruntled neighbor but the Urban Land Institute, a national organization of developers, many of whom are in Atlanta.
Buckhead absorbs less than 500,000 square feet of office space annually, but more than 2 million square feet is under construction, the report said.
ULI presented its annual Emerging Trends in Real Estate Report on Tuesday and once again Atlanta is portrayed as overbuilt and not a particularly attractive place to invest.”
SOURCE: ajc.com – Atlanta a poor choice for real estate investing, report says | ajc.com.
Hanoi authorities and urban planners often “ignore the infrastructure factor when approving the city’s urban projects” and floods due to heavy rains are the consequence.
The argument was made by Ngo Trung Hai, deputy head of the Institute for Urban and Rural Zoning under the Ministry of Construction.
SOURCE: Vietnam latest news – Thanh Nien Daily.
Metropolis Magazine reports that “Part of the agenda at the Re-imagining Cities conference was to create a manifesto for urban design curriculum moving forward. To spark the conversation, a panel was held on Saturday morning titled “An Agenda for Urban Design Education.”
read more @ the SOURCE: Metropolis POV » Re-imagining Cities: The Way Forward.
“I’ve been doing this for seven years, and I’ve never seen it done like this,” said Heth Kendrick, a senior associate landscape architect for Land Design. “ … The developer wants this to be a marriage with the community and find out what folks want.”
SOURCE: CharlotteObserver.com – Developer asks input of residents – Regional News |
“Urban rail transportation would play an increasingly important role in public transportation in Chinese cities, said an official.
Fifteen major cities, including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen, have planned the construction of more than 60 urban rail lines recently, Liu Shijin, vice director of Development Research Center of the State Council, said at a forum on urbanization and rail transportation here on Friday.”
SOURCE: Xinhua – China to have 1,700 km of urban rail lines by 2015_