AFTER 17 months of painstaking preparation and planning, Singapore and China yesterday began construction of their flagship eco-city, with a ground-breaking ceremony attended by top leaders from both countries.
Singapore’s Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao were at the event to launch the project, which both sides hope will show the way forward for other environmentally-friendly cities in China.
read more @ the SOURCE: Straittimes.com – S’pore, China breakground.
“There’s too little water, and too much of everything else,” Gehl said. “It has gone completely overboard in the quick-buck focus – how to skim a half-day tourist.”
“Gehl was in San Francisco last week as a guest of the Planning Department, which has engaged Gehl’s firm to recommend how the city’s streets and sidewalks can be made more enticing to bicyclists and pedestrians.”
read more @ the SOURCE: SFGate.com – Urban expert offers advice on San Francisco.
Preserving farmland has always been a major issue in the U.S. But as Bill Fulton discusses, the local economic results don’t quite justify the efforts.
“The longtime farmers say they’re losing money. Even the organic farmers, who are making money, fear that proximity to urban development — and the complaints that arise — will drive them out of business. The farmland is worth far, far more for development than for farming. So why save it? Is there an economic development purpose to farmland preservation?”
Read more @ the SOURCE: Is Farmland Preservation Worthwhile? – Planetizen.
16th Street in Morningside Park, which had its ribbon-cutting a few weeks ago, could have been envisioned by some of those designers, to judge from the tasteful, creative layout, a vision of bright blues and greens.
The playground was designed by Alexander Hart, a 33-year-old assistant landscape architect at the Department of Parks and Recreation. “I wasn’t so keen on designing playgrounds until I started doing it,” Mr. Hart, a father of two young children, said on Wednesday morning at the playground. “But once I started, I found the design challenges so interesting.”
Read more @ the SOURCE: NYTimes.com – Big City – In Manhattan, a New Playground Is an Instant Hit