China calls for Asia-Europe co-op to promote sustainable development – Xinhua

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao on Sunday called for more cooperation between Asian and European nations to promote sustainable development.

Wen made the remarks when addressing the behind-the-door meeting of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) to discuss issues concerning the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDG), climate change, energy security and social harmony.

read more @ the SOURCE: XinhuaChina calls for Asia-Europe co-op to promote sustainable development

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

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