Top European planner ‘astonished’ by rural housing sprawl – The Irish Times – Fri, Oct 24, 2008

Virna Bussadori, president of the European Council of Spatial Planners, told The Irish Times that “green land shouldn’t be used for building houses everywhere” and the Government should be doing more to protect these areas.

read more @ the SOURCE: The Irish Times – Top European planner ‘astonished’ by rural housing sprawl

INDIA : Water Privatisation – ‘No Need For Costly Consultants’

The Indian corporate conglomerate, Tata, says it is ready to provide water services in this vast country and also prove that privatisation does not have to involve expensive foreign consultants and providers.

“The poor are readily paying nearly Rs 300 (six dollars) per month for a cable TV connection, but paying for water needs a mindset change,’’ said Pronita Chakrabarti Agrawal.


read more @ the SOURCE: ipsnews.net – INDIA : Water Privatisation – ‘No Need For Costly Consultants’.

World Architecture Festival – Day 2 Awards

New & Old – Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard, Smithsonian Institution, USA by Foster + Partners

Office – Duoc Corporate Building, Chile by Sabbagh Arquitectos

Pleasure – Sheep Stable, Netherlands by 70F Architecture

Production – BMW Welt – Event, Exhibition and Automobile Delivery Center, Germany by Coop Himmelb(l)au

Religion & Contemplation – Dornbusch Church, Germany by Meixner Schlüter Wendt Architekten

Sport – Sports Hall Bale, Croatia by 3LHD Architects

Shopping – K:fem, Sweden by Wingårdh Arkitektkontor AB

Private Houses – Final Wooden House, Japan by Sou Fujimoto Architects

Transport – Nordpark Cable Railway, Austria by Zaha Hadid Architects

Along with the eight category winners from yesterday, these nine projects will re-present to the super-jury tomorrow, competing for World Building of the Year.

read more @ the SOURCE: World Architecture Festival – Barcelona 22-24 October 2008.

Urban Planning Expert to head Australian Major Cities Unit

Ms Dorte Ekelund – a person with more than 25 years of urban planning experience – will head up the new Major Cities Unit within the Office of Infrastructure Australia.

As head of the Major Cities Unit, Ms Ekelund will advise government on urban design and development at a time when there is more pressure than ever before on our cities from challenges such as climate change, ageing infrastructure and population growth.

Read more @ australia.gov.au – URBAN PLANNING EXPERT TO HEAD MAJOR CITIES UNIT

UN-HABITAT unveils State of the World’s Cities report

“Clearly you cannot have a harmonious society if people are not secure in their homes,” she told reporters at news conference to launch of the State of the World’s Cities 2008/2009 , a flagship report published every two years by the UN agency.

South African cities top the list of the world’s most unqual cities, followed by Brazil, Colombia, Argentina, Chile, Ecuador, Guatemala and Mexico. Urban inequalities in this highly unequal region are not only increasing, but are becoming more entrenched, which suggests that failures in wealth distribution are largely the result of structural or systemic flaws.

read more @ the SOURCE: UN-HABITAT.:. Feature Stories | News | UN-HABITAT unveils State of the World’s Cities report.

First winners announced at World Architecture Festival – Barcelona 22-24 October 2008

Civic – Guangzhou Baiyun International Convention Center, China, by Buro II

Culture – Oslo Opera House in Norway by Snøhetta

Energy, Waste and Recycling – Landscape restoration of the Controlled Rubbish Dump “La Vall d’en Joan”, Spain, by Batlle & Roig Architects

Health – Centre pour le Bien-être des Femmes et la prévention des mutilations génitales féminines ‘G.Kambou’, Burkina Faso, by FAREstudio

Holiday – Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre, Canada (pictured) , by Hotson Bakker Boniface Haden Architects

Housing – Mountain Dwellings, Denmark , by BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group

Learning – Universita Luigi Bocconi, Italy, by Grafton Architects

Nature – Olympic Sculpture Park, Seattle Art Museum, United States of America, by Weiss/Manfredi Architecture/Landscape/Urbanism

read more @ the SOURCE: World Architecture Festival – Barcelona 22-24 October 2008.

Foster + Partners selected as architects for New Central Library in The New York Public Library’s historic Fifth Avenue building

The new central library will serve users of all ages and will feature expansive new reading rooms with open shelf circulating collections overlooking Bryant Park. After nearly 40 years in which it has served exclusively as a research library, the historic building will feature extensive circulating collections, including those moved from the nearby Mid-Manhattan Branch.

SOURCE: Foster + Partners.

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