China to hold 4th World Urban Forum

 World Urban Forum Theme: Harmonious Urbanization

World Urban Forum, 03 – 07 November 2008, Nanjing, China

The World Urban Forum was established by the United Nations to examine one of the most pressing issues facing the world today: rapid urbanization and its impact on communities, cities, economies and policies. It is projected that in the next fifty years, two-thirds of humanity will be living in towns and cities. A major challenge is to minimize burgeoning poverty in cities, improve the urban poor’s access to basic facilities such as shelter, clean water and sanitation and achieve environment-friendly, sustainable urban growth and development.

The World Urban Forum is a biennial gathering that is attended by a wide range of partners, from non-governmental organizations, community-based organizations, urban professionals, academics, to governments, local authorities and national and international associations of local governments. It gives all these actors a common platform to discuss urban issues in formal and informal ways and come up with action-oriented proposals to create sustainable cities.

The Fourth session of the World Urban Forum (WUF4) will be hosted by the Government of China and will be held in the ancient city of Nanjing from 03-07 November 2008. Situated in the lower reaches of the Yangtze River, the city of Nanjing dates back more than 2,000 years and is known as the ancient capital of the Six Dynasties of China. Today, home to 6 million people, it is a rapidly growing modern city and is one of the most dynamic in eastern China.

Read more at the Source: UN-HABITAT.:. World Urban Forum | Theme: Harmonious Urbanization: The Challenge of Balanced Territorial Development.

Discovery Green, Houston opens

Downtown Houston celebrated the Grand Opening of Discovery Green and the start of the Spring/Summer programming season at the park. The Discovery Green Family Day opening featured 12 acres of urban green space including a one-acre lake, children’s playground, interactive water features, amphitheater stage and slope, small and large dog runs, public art works, HPL Express, open lawns and excellent restaurants..

Source: Hargreaves Associates

Cityscape Asia starts Tuesday – Singapore

Tuesday(April 15) marks the start of the three day Cityscape Asia. This is an annual networking exhibition and conference focusing on all aspects of the property development cycle.

The event attracts regional and international investors, property developers, government and development authorities, leading architects, designers, consultants and all senior professionals involved in the property industry. It provides an annual forum that celebrates the very best in real estate, architecture, urban planning and design from around the world.

Pre-registration has closed, however you still register at the Exhibition at Suntec Singapore Level 4. Exhibition hours are 10am till 7pm 15 to 17 April

Source: Cityscape – The International Property Investment & Development Event.

Conceptual gardens: It’s all in the mind – Telegraph

Conceptualism is the “next big thing” in garden design: there is an international conference on the topic in July at Tate Britain, a new book seeks to define it, and it has gone mainstream by dint of the conceptual gardens section at Hampton Court Flower Show.

But we can be forgiven for feeling sceptical about it. After all, some of these “gardens” don’t actually have any plants in them.

Among conceptualists, an ecologically sensitive approach to design is seen as a good idea, but that is no reason to make it the whole raison d’etre for a garden, particularly in an urban situation. A more honest attitude, they claim, is to create garden spaces that respond to the needs of human beings as opposed to, say, beetles or badgers.

Read more @ the Source: Telegraph.co.uk – Conceptual gardens: It’s all in the mind .

Views sought on HK harbourfront options

The Planning Department has launched the Stage 2 Public Engagement for the New Central Harbourfront Urban Design Study to seek views on the concepts for the re-assembly of Queen’s Pier and reconstruction of the old Star Ferry Clock Tower.

The department today said the urban design framework for the new Central harbourfront has been refined after considering views collected in the first stage public engagement exercise. Different design concepts for the eight key sites have been prepared. For details click here.

On the re-assembly of Queen’s Pier, alternative concepts have been prepared for the stage two public engagement. The first concept is to re-assemble Queen’s Pier at the harbourfront between Central Piers No.9 and 10 and to revive the public pier function. The second concept is to re-assemble Queen’s Pier at its original location.

For the clock tower the first concept is to reconstruct it as a focal point on the harbourfront with an axial relationship with City Hall and the re-assembled Queen’s Pier by the harbour. The second concept is to reconstruct the clock tower close to the original location. A clock tower gallery to exhibit the salvaged items is proposed under both concepts.

The design concepts are not exhaustive, the department said, adding alternative concepts can be mixed.

Source: Hong Kong Government – Views sought on harbourfront options.

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