More than half of the world population is living in cities. By 2050 it is expected this will be two-third. Cities are growing explosively. The value of production is increasingly located in cities and so is the majority of wealth. City mayors are influential leaders making direct deals with multinational firms and (inter)national authorities. And we use the facilities created and maintained by city authorities. The cities in which we are living have become more important than the countries we are living in.
SOURCE: Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies: IHS 50 year anniversary.
According to the Urban Planning Bureau of Miaoyang City in Sichuan Province, preliminary planning for an earthquake museum in Beichuan, which has received much public attention and concern, has been completed.
Beichuan County suffered heavy damage from the May 12 earthquake in Wenchuan; the county seat was virtually flattened. Mianyang City in Sichuan Province has planned to take in residents of Beichuan County
SOURCE: People’s Daily Online – Earthquake museum preliminary planning complete
Scotsman.com reports that RMJM the Edinburgh based firm has launched a project worth £1m in conjuction with the Stephen Lawrence Trust to encourage more inner city youths from ethnic minorities to pursue a career in architecture.
RMJM worked on the Scottish Parliament building hopes that the project will increase the diversity and creativity of architecture and help address the global skills shortage that will become more pressing over the next 25 years as more architects retire.
SOURCE: RMJM has designs for young urban architects – Scotsman.com Business.
The Phnom Penh Post reports that the new and improved parks are providing Phnom Penh residents some much-needed respite from the squeeze of the capital city’s increasingly cramped quarters.
The Wat Botom, Hun Sen, Vimean Ekreach and Wat Phnom parks have all undergone makeovers and are drawing hoards of locals to relax, exercise, picnic or loll with their sweethearts.
SOURCE: The Phnom Penh Post – New parks: too little, too late for capital?.
The Univeristy of Hawaii is using pervious (permeable) concrete for the pedestrian paths in the student apartment buildings. According to Stephen Baginski of Kaikor Construction who is the contractor states that the concrete can be 10 to 20 per cent more expensive as it is more difficult to work with and can harden too quickly.
SOURCE: University of Hawaii tries out environment-friendly concrete – HonoluluAdvertiser.com – The Honolulu Advertiser.
Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem is ready to build a 50-thousand city in Balin near Chrzanów in the industrial south of Poland – “Polska” daily reports. The investment is to be financed by Al Nakheel Properties. The same developer is currently building the World – a man-made archipelago of 300 islands designed in the shape of a world map located off the Dubai coast.
SOURCE: Polish Market Online.
The city took a tentative step this week toward fulfilling the dream of a certain kind of urban idealist, saying that it will explore the possibility of creating a bike-sharing program that could make hundreds or even thousands of bicycles available for public use.
“This is a really big deal,” said Wiley Norvell, a spokesman for Transportation Alternatives, an advocacy group for cyclists, pedestrians and transit riders. “In the realm of things you can do to boost bicycling in a city, bike-share is at the top of the list.”
The city asked companies and organizations interested in running a bike-sharing program to provide assessments of how it could work.
SOURCE: NYTimes.com – City Will Explore Broad Bike-Sharing Plan –