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

Answers About New York’s Flora – NY Times

Dr. Gerry Moore, director of science for the Brooklyn Botanic Garden answered questions from New York Times readers about the Flora of New York in a three part series.

Read

Part 1: About New York’s Flora

Part 2: About New York’s Flora

Part 3: About New York’s Flora

SOURCE: New York Times


Architect Michael Maltzan On Where Cities Are Going – Curbed LA

Adrian Glick Kudler of Curbed LA has written a great post and synopsis of LAPL’s ALOUD The Contemporary City: Urbanism in Flux

Los Angeles Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne spoke with beloved local architect Michael Maltzan at the Central Library Tuesday night……
……And this was what Maltzan was getting at the whole discussion–that architecture can’t be about the “large, singular gesture” anymore……

read the full post at the SOURCE: Curbed LA: Architect Michael Maltzan On Where Cities Are Going

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