ULI Launches Global City Index Report: London, NY are still world leaders

According to Urban Landscape Institute Global City Index, London and New York still rank among the world’s most successful cities, but face increasing competition from other global cities, according to an analysis of 30 major global indices and other data prepared by the Urban Land Institute, a global research and education institute dedicated to responsible land use. The report, entitled ‘City Success: What do the global indices tell us?’ was released today at ULI’s London New York Dialogue Conference in London.

The report subdivides the indices into four key clusters that illustrate the core strengths and weaknesses of cities:

1. Global Economic ReachLondon and New York are recognised as joint world leaders, followed by Paris, Tokyo and Chicago

2. Quality of Life – Identifies Copenhagen as a world leader followed jointly by Vancouver, Vienna and Zurich.

3. Image and AttractivenessParis tops the rankings followed by London, with Sydney, Vancouver, Venice and Vienna in joint third place

4. Investment and FiscalNew York and Paris share first place followed by London

[SOURCE: The Urban Land Institute]

Function meets form – The National Newspaper

National Newspaper reports that

“Marks Barfield Architects, the award-winning London-based practice, are aiming for an organic look that is informed by nature.

DAD, a project by Abyaar, a Kuwaiti boutique real estate developer, is a 26-hectare commercial, residential and retail project within Dubai’s International Media Production Zone. And Marks Barfield has been commissioned to design several core components of it: 11 residential buildings with a gross built area of 2.1 million sq. ft., a central clubhouse, children’s playground and seven retail units. Central to the project will be the three Pebble buildings. Construction is scheduled for completion in the last quarter of 2011.”

[SOURCE: Function meets form – The National Newspaper].

Building could slow at Ajman emirate’s dream city

The Guardian (UK) reports that

“Construction of a $60 billion city in the emirate of Ajman could be slowed, its developer says, in another sign that the global economic crisis is hitting the Middle East’s grand development plans.”

[SOURCE: Business Feed Article | Business | guardian.co.uk]

Wheels are turning for cycle hire

Ambitious plans to provide a cycle hire scheme in London by May 2010 are achievable according to a feasibility study released on the 18 November. Transport for London has now invited companies interested in running the scheme to get in touch with them.

SOURCE: Greater London Authority – Press Release.

Landscape Institute 2008 awards

The awards comprised 15 categories in 2008, including landscape design, planning, science and research with 38 entries recognised as winners, highly commended or commended. Overseas winners include New Providence Wharf in Ontario and a development along the Haihe river in China.

SOURCE: Landscape Institute – Project to deliver sustainable communities in East London lauded as top landscape scheme in UK.

Congratulations to the winners of the awards – see a full list here

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