The Shanghai Daily has written an extensive article on the parks in Shanghai.
“WESTERN park design harks back to concepts of paradise and unspoiled nature. Not so in China, a traditional “landscape society” that prefers to remodel Mother Nature, writes Nancy Zhang……”
SOURCE: Chinese park – A place where man improves on nature — Shanghai Daily
It’s been a long time coming – but the city council has finally written out its vision for the heart of Leeds.
SOURCE: Yorkshire Evening Post – Leeds city centre 2020 masterplan revealed – .
A Chinese businessman is convinced that Malaysia is his springboard into the vast market of the Middle East.
KNOWN as Jerry Ma by his Muslim friends and associates, Li Haihua is convinced that Malaysia is a firm springboard to venture into new investments in the country and also to expand his business to the Middle East.
read more @ the SOURCE: thestar.com.my – Designs on Muslim market.
“World Urban Forum 4 will be held in Nanjing, China on 03 – 06 November 2008
The World Urban Forum was established by the United Nations to examine one of the most pressing issues facing the world today: rapid urbanization and its impact on communities, cities, economies and policies. It is projected that in the next fifty years, two-thirds of humanity will be living in towns and cities. A major challenge is to minimize burgeoning poverty in cities, improve the urban poor’s access to basic facilities such as shelter, clean water and sanitation and achieve environment-friendly, sustainable urban growth and development.”
SOURCE: UN-HABITAT.:. World Urban Forum | Theme: Harmonious Urbanization: The Challenge of Balanced Territorial Development.
Azure Magazine has published an interview by Paige Magarrey with Paul Kephart of Rena Creek about his work with architects Renzo Piano and William McDonough in creating living buildings.
read more @ the SOURCE: AZURE MAGAZINE
Westfield London – a new 1.7 billion pound shopping centre has opened to mixed reviews. Many think that the architecture may be understated and could be more grand and uplifting and that it feels like a place just for retailers to push their wares.
In recent years more and more shopping malls are becoming the ‘town squares’ of suburbs and cities with more and more emphasis placed on the secondary uses of shopping malls such as dining out, concerts, people watching and general passive recreation rather than consumption. Although these secondary activities are not welcome by some shopping centre managements.
What do you think of the new Westfield London merely a place to shop or does it add more to the community and area?
Five outstanding developments were announced today at ULI’s 2008 fall meeting as the winners of ULI’s Global Awards for Excellence competition, widely recognized as the land use industry’s most prestigious recognition program.
read more @ the SOURCE: The Ground Floor: Best of the Best: ULI’s Global Awards for Excellence Winners.