China sets library standards for booming urban communities – Xinhua

“China’s Ministry of Culture on Tuesday set building standards of public libraries to ensure that they can meet the demands of the country’s booming urban population.

Population size would be the major reference for the size of new libraries from Nov. 1, the ministry said in a circular.”

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Cabe lukewarm on Fosters’ Crossrail station – Building Design

Cabe has given a cautious welcome to Foster & Partners’ design for a Crossrail station at Canary Wharf.

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Designforum Selected to Update and Modernize Master Plan for 2,800 Acre Brandermill Community – PR.com

Designforum, a landscape architecture firm specializing Urban Design and Town Planning has been selected to redefine the master plan for Brandermill, a 2,800 acre planned community in Chesterfield County, Virginia.

SOURCE: PR.com Press Release – Designforum Selected to Update and Modernize Master Plan for 2,800 Acre Brandermill Community – PR.com.

African urban areas have failed in this ‘Century of the City’ – DAILY NATION

THE 100 YEARS BETWEEN 1950 and 2050 have been dubbed as the “Century of the City”, and according to Mrs Anna Tibaijuka, executive director of UN-Habitat, “will be remembered for the greatest social, cultural, economic and environmental transformation in history – the urbanisation of humanity”.

Africa, the world’s most rapidly urbanising continent, will be half-urban by 2050, and its urban population of 1.2 billion will represent nearly a quarter of the world’s. But how will African cities be faring?

Read more @ the SOURCE: DAILY NATION – African urban areas have failed in this ‘Century of the City’.

China vows to strive for balanced rural and urban development -Xinhua

“China will take multiple measures to support rural economic and social development to realize a balanced growth between its rural and urban areas, according to a Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee decision here on Sunday……” read more @ the SOURCE: Xinhua – China vows to strive for balanced rural and urban development

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