Street furniture – a balancing act between design and revenue

Street furniture in the modern city is a balancing act between creating revenue stream from advertisers and a clean design element that has good design and function.

As reported by the Ottawa Citizen – Ottawa is currently facing this issue and using a $275,000 study to look at design, aesthetics and function and also a public consultation process which ends in December. Ottawa residents are invited to provide input at www.ottawasimplicity.ca

The Ottawa Citizen has reported “Ottawa landscape architect John Wright says street furniture should be quiet and harmonious, with good proportions and materials. Standard pieces should not be used in key places like Festival Plaza, he adds.”

Read more at the SOURCE: Ottawa Citizen – Mayor launches plan to rid sidewalks of ugly street furniture.

Dutch flood control experts to present ideas to city officials today – Breaking News from New Orleans – Times-Picayune – NOLA.com

A four-day intensive planning event on the future of flood protection in New Orleans will culminate today when experts from the Netherlands and local urban planners present their flood control ideas to city officials.

Read more @ the SOURCE: NOLA.comDutch flood control experts to present ideas to city officials today – Breaking News from New Orleans – Times-Picayune – .

Rethinking The Makeover of Urban Villages – EEO.com.cn

The term “urban village” has often appeared in the media, especially in the newspapers of Shenzhen and Guangzhou (coastal cities in southern China where migrant population congregate). In recent years, a “makeover” for these urban villages has become urgent task for local authorities.

read more @ the SOURCE: Economic Observer Online – Rethinking The Makeover of Urban Villages.

Tsang: HK to upgrade living environment through sustainable development – Xinhua

Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Donald Tsang said Wednesday the government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) will press ahead with sustainable development, in order to upgrade the quality living environment for residents in this “modern world city”.

When delivering the 2008-09 Policy Address at the Legislative Council Wednesday, Tsang said the local government achieved substantial progress in striking a balance between economic development and environmental conservation last year.

read more @ the SOURCE: Xinhua – Tsang: HK to upgrade living environment through sustainable development_

Mumbai’s final chance? – DNA

Today, Mumbai is at the crossroads — a unique opportunity or an unmitigated disaster. Can this be a defining moment in Mumbai’s history? The answer lies with us.

Mumbai is not unique. Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Birmingham, London and Chicago have gone through this transformation from ugly ducklings to efficient cities.

read more of Lalit Gandhi oped piece @ the SOURCE: dnaindia.com – Opinion – Mumbai’s final chance? – Daily News & Analysis.

Government Minister calls for improvement in planning and design of Britain’s towns and cities

Government Minister Iain Wright MP today called for an improvement in the planning and design of Britain’s towns and cites and stressed the importance of good quality public space.

The Parliamentary Under Secretary of State in the Department for Communities and Local Government said good design influenced people’s opportunities and aspirations but that it currently remained “an exception rather than the norm.”

Speaking at the Landscape Institute Conference on the theme of “Housing, Land Use and Community,” Wright said: “Building more houses is only part of what we want to achieve. Bad design has a profound impact on the whole community. We are talking about people’s lives, people’s opportunities, helping to shape people’s ambitions and aspirations.

read more @ the SOURCE: Landscape Institute (UK) – Government Minister calls for improvement in planning and design of Britain’s towns and cities.

Malaysia’s largest development unveiled

The Iskandar Investment Board (IIB) launched Malaysia’s largest urban development at Cityscape Dubai last week.

Medini Iskandar, a 2,300 acre (920 hectares) international mixed-use urban development project consisting of nine clusters, should bring in about Dh20 billion in the next 15 to 20 years, said Arlida Ariff, managing director of the Malaysian-based Iskandar Investment Board.

The Iskandar Development Region will include 5 Economic Zones in the country’s southern peninsula. Many of the Zones will have tax concessions for investment in the local economy.

SOURCE: Gulfnews: Malaysia’s largest development unveiled.

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