East Darling Harbour (Barangaroo) – natural edge or city precinct?

Elizabeth Farrelly(sydney morning herald) takes a sharp look at the developments in the project process and the international design competition that never eventuated and has now got an ex-Prime Minister gunning for a natural edge.

Read more @ the SOURCE: Sydney Morning Herald – What’s it to be: a flair mile or plunder down under? – Elizabeth Farrelly.

Saudi comes up with a 1,000m tower plan

Close on the heels of Nakheel announcing a “more than one kilometre high tower”, Saudi Arabia has announced the launch of Kingdom Tower, which it termed will be at a minimum height of 1,000 metres.

It is claimed to be the world’s tallest tower and part of the Kingdom City project that is being built by Kingdom Holding Co.

SOURCE: Emirates Business 24/7 – Saudi comes up with a 1,000m tower plan.

Architects warn anew of topsy-turvy urban planning among cities

“An association of architects has warned anew of the lack of a master plan in the design of cities, pointing to the common urban blight of traffic, drainage and sanitation.

Francis Hidalgo, vice president for operation of the Davao Chapter of the United Architects of the Philippines (UAP) said, “it’s very difficult to have a topsy-turvy construction that is not tied to a master plan.”

He said this was the mistake of Metro Manila “and even Davao City may be repeating the mistakes of Metro Manila.” “

read more @ the SOURCE: Business Mirror – Architects warn anew of topsy-turvy urban planning among cities.

Hong Kong to set up dedicated office to boost local creative industries – Xinhua

Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Donald Tsang said Wednesday that the government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) will set up a dedicated office to promote the development of creative industries.

Read more @ the SOURCE: Xinhua– Hong Kong to set up dedicated office to boost local creative industries_.

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.

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