City planning split in 2 – Moscow

The Moscow Times reports that the city’s urban planning department, headed by First Deputy Mayor Vladimir Resin, said Tuesday that it would be divided into two new branches led by his deputies, with one focusing on planning and the other overseeing infrastructure.

Analysts said the move looked like a response to President Dmitry Medvedev’s demand for an increased focus on both public and private infrastructure development.

SOURCE: The Moscow Times

BDP acquires Khandekar

Several news outlets have reported that BDP has acquired Khandekar – a 30 strong Netheralands urban planning and landscape firm. BDP with more than 1200 staff across 15 studios many working in architecture, interiors and engineering adds a Khandekar to strengthen its business and gain market share in India.

The new firm – BDP Khandekar

SOURCE: Property Magazine.eu,

 

Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies – IHS 50 year anniversary

More than half of the world population is living in cities. By 2050 it is expected this will be two-third. Cities are growing explosively. The value of production is increasingly located in cities and so is the majority of wealth. City mayors are influential leaders making direct deals with multinational firms and (inter)national authorities. And we use the facilities created and maintained by city authorities. The cities in which we are living have become more important than the countries we are living in.

SOURCE: Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies: IHS 50 year anniversary.

Earthquake museum preliminary planning complete – People’s Daily Online

According to the Urban Planning Bureau of Miaoyang City in Sichuan Province, preliminary planning for an earthquake museum in Beichuan, which has received much public attention and concern, has been completed.

Beichuan County suffered heavy damage from the May 12 earthquake in Wenchuan; the county seat was virtually flattened. Mianyang City in Sichuan Province has planned to take in residents of Beichuan County

SOURCE: People’s Daily Online – Earthquake museum preliminary planning complete

RMJM help inner city youths become architects

Scotsman.com reports that RMJM the Edinburgh based firm has launched a  project worth £1m  in conjuction with the Stephen Lawrence Trust to encourage more inner city youths from ethnic minorities to pursue a career in architecture.

RMJM worked on the Scottish Parliament building hopes that the project will increase the diversity and creativity of architecture and help address the global skills shortage that will become more pressing over the next 25 years as more architects retire.

SOURCE: RMJM has designs for young urban architects – Scotsman.com Business.

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