Shrinking public spaces in cities

MANY INDIAN cities do not have public spaces worth their names. Most of the open grounds in urban areas have been converted into stadiums, corporate blocks etc. Space should be such where citizens can gather for conviviality without being bothered by honking of horns.

It is a distressing reality of urban India that open public spaces are being converted into enclosed stadiums, sporting arena or shopping plazas. Earlier, these places were available as neighborhood grounds in till few years ago but have shrunk at an alarming speed.

While in developed countries these spaces are converted into urban settlements for citizenry, the haphazard urban growth in our country has put so much pressure on land that not a small piece of land seems left for any other purpose than commercial or exclusive uses.

Read more @ the SOURCE: merinews.com – Shrinking public spaces in cities.

World Architecture Festival Award Entries close June 20

The Awards
At the heart of the festival is the largest architectural awards programme in the world. The Awards will showcase, compare and contrast an outstanding range of completed buildings created by a profession which has always looked beyond national borders to the wider world of architectural culture. Headed by Lord (Norman) Foster, the international judging panels will comprise architects, allied professionals, clients and critics, including a “super-jury”, who will decide the ‘best in show’ prize – the first architectural ‘Prix de Barcelona’ . 

Entries will be accepted from April 2008, with a closing date at the 20 June.
Shortlisting will be carried out by an international jury during July 2008. At this stage, 16 buildings will be shortlisted in each of the competition’s 16 categories (ie, 256 buildings in total).

All shortlisted architects will then present their work live to juries and audiences at the Festival, competing against each other to become category winners. With 16 categories covering 96 building types, the awards programme is designed to showcase your latest completed buildings, big or small, from anywhere in the world.

22–24 October – World Architecture Festival – Barcelona

USA job market remains optimistic for many graduates

For Oklahoma State University landscape architecture graduate Jessica Waugh, the job search was more of a job sort.

Before Waugh even walked across the commencement stage May 3, she’d had four employment offers, including two from out-of-state companies. She picked a Tulsa firm and will start work next week.

Read more @ the SOURCE: NewsOK.comState’s job market remains optimistic for many graduates

Urban checkpoint – timesofmalta.com

“Contact with the natural environment can be an antidote to some of the unhealthy aspects of an urban environment.” This statement came out of a seminar on mental health organised by the Richmond Foundation.

Marking its 15th anniversary, while taking a leaf from this year’s theme for World Health Day, the foundation invited a psychiatrist and psychologist to speak on the effects of the environment on mental health.

In cities, mutual trust and the safety of neighbours, the glue that holds society together, can break down resulting in social isolation. The way urban areas are designed can sometimes contribute to this. The health effects of infra-noise (low-level noise) and vibration from building sites or machinery require more study.

Believing that cities should serve people and nature, visionary architects and activists in 1970s California created ‘Urban Ecology’. They used urban planning, ecology, and public participation to help design healthier cities together.

Read more @ the SOURCE: timesofmalta.com – Urban checkpoint – Anne Zammit.

Vision for Dudley Square seen anew by architects – The Boston Globe

Roxbury residents got a peek yesterday at several blueprints for a revitalized Dudley Square, from bold visions like erecting a gleaming new office tower to practical plans for easing congestion in its bus hub.

In the end, the designs with a more practical vision of what was possible for the 1.8-acre city-owned plot of land gained the favor of area residents who judged an architectural competition.

“This is just the beginning of thinking about how Dudley Square can improve,” said Kairos Shen, director of planning for the Boston Redevelopment Authority.

Read more @ the SOURCE: The Boston Globe – Vision for Dudley Square seen anew by architects .

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