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today the new JoLA issue autumn 2008 came out. Benefit now from a wide range of innovative approaches and new ideas.

The autumn issue includes important articles about “Bejing´s New Urban Countryside” or “Planning by Design“.
 JoLA is published twice a year by the European Council of Landscape Architecture Schools (ECLAS). Starting with the current issue, JoLA is now available as combo subscription online and print.

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Singapore: The City Beneath The City

Science Daily reports

“In spite of its small size, the city has a population of five million, and it is an important communications node by both sea and air.
………..authorities are now considering moving some of Singapore’s infrastructure underground. Several ministries have drawn up a list of proposals for how underground caverns could be used for this purpose.”

SOURCE: Science Daily – Singapore: The City Beneath The City.

Grounds for Optimism – UK

Landscape Institute reports that

Grounds for Optimism launched successfully to secondary schools across South East England and Yorkshire and Humberside this September. 100 schools have now signed up to take part along
with many landscape practices.

The repsonse has been fantastic but they are still looking for more landscape professionals to sign up and take part in supporting the schools.

In February 2009 Grounds for Optimism will shortlist school entries down to 10 in each region and each of these schools will be teamed
up with a landscape practice.

Practices need to be willing to donate a minimum of three days of time to supporting these schools. Guidelines will be supplied to all interested practices that have signed up.

Involvement could help schools to refine their designs, understand cost implications, improve their presentations and plan their use of space better.

All the shortlisted schools will have the opportunity to present their designs at a prestigous event next summer, with one
school being chosen as a Gold Award
winner.

For more click here Grounds for Optimism.

SOURCE: Landscape Institute (UK)

How not to fund urban renewal – livemint.com

Kanhu Charan Pradhan of livemint.com writes

”Continuing growth in India and China is now seen as essential for the world’s economic health. Urbanization is a necessary correlate, if not the engine of that growth. Our flagship urbanization programme is the Jawaharlal National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM), directed at strengthening urban governance, providing basic services to the poor in 63 selected cities and enabling these to access capital markets to build infrastructure. Urban infrastructure and construction is a key candidate for replacing the diminished investment demand from industry and financing growth in this sector is necessary to maintain our pace of growth.”

continue reding more @ the SOURCE: livemint.com – How not to fund urban renewal – Views – livemint.com.

Design firm offers three separate strategies to revitalize downtown San Bernardino – San Bernardino County Sun

San Bernardino County Sun reports that

“The city needs to put its best face forward, especially on the 215 Freeway frontage, if it wants to improve its image.

That’s the recommendation of Vaughan Davies, director of urban design for EDAW, a 60-year-old Los Angeles urban design firm with offices in 22 cities around the world.

Four months after being retained by San Bernardino’s Economic Development Agency, Davies introduced three different planning strategies for revitalizing the downtown to the public in a standing-room-only presentation in the old Woolworth Building on the corner of Fourth and E streets on Thursday.”

SOURCE: San Bernardino County Sun – Design firm offers three separate strategies to revitalize downtown San Bernardino

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