ULI Asks: ‘Can Stand-Alone Malls Survive?’

The stand-alone mall isn’t dead. It’s just dysfunctional. That was one of the sentiments expressed at an Urban Land Institute panel that tackled the question, “Can stand-alone malls survive?” The question was posed Thursday, during ULI’s annual Reinventing Retail conference at the Wilshire Grand Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles.

The comment about the dysfunctional nature of traditional stand-alone malls came from panelist Shaheen Sadeghi, founder of Costa Mesa, CA-based LAB Holding, a firm that eschews traditional malls in favor of projects like its youth-oriented “the Lab” in Costa Mesa, a center that the developer describes as an “anti-mall.”

Read more @ GlobeSt.com – ULI Asks: ‘Can Stand-Alone Malls Survive?’.

High density plan for Midrand

GAUTRAIN station precinct, complete with a housing development similar to Cosmo City, is to be developed in Midrand. Located parallel to the K11 road and close to Grand Central Airport, the precinct will comprise of a rapid rail station and a high-density development made up of a range of housing and community facilities.

The Gautrain development strategy envisages that densification plans be implemented around all stations along the rapid-rail route. It is believed that this will curb urban spread and reduce road congestion as people will live, work and play close to public transport, specifically the Gautrain rapid rail system. It will link Johannesburg, Tshwane and OR Tambo International Airport.

Read more @ city of johannesburg – High density plan for Midrand.

MoMA and P.S.1 Announce Young Architect Winner

The Museum of Modern Art and P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center announced the winner of the ninth annual MoMA/P.S.1 Young Architects Program: WORK Architecture Company from New York.

This year, five finalists selected by a closed nomination process were asked to present an urban landscape for the large entrance courtyard of P.S.1, with the allotted project budget of $70,000.

Read more @ MoMA and P.S.1 Announce Young Architect Winner – Dexigner

Blow for wind farm proposals

PLANS for a controversial wind farm near Pontefract have been slammed by a Wakefield Council consultant.
The news has come as a massive boost to local pressure groups fighting a dogged campaign to see off the plans by developers Banks Developments.

That is the same company planning a wind farm on the outskirts of Leeds in the Hook Moor area near Micklefield, where residents have been similarly outraged.

Read more @ Blow for wind farm proposals by Stuart Robinson – Yorkshire Evening Post.

Latest News

North America

Detroit: City’s plan to put foreclosed homes to use – freep.com
Hit by a deluge of foreclosures in the past three years, the City of Detroit said it has found a tool to get some of the houses back into use.

Winner selected for Jarvis Slip Competition – WATERFRONTToronto.ca
Waterfront Toronto, joined by its government partners, today announced that a team led by Claude Cormier Architectes Paysagistes Inc. is the winner of the Jarvis Slip Public Space Design Competition. The design competition was held to produce an innovative design and to bring a fresh, new perspective to the one-acre site at the foot of Lower Jarvis Street.

Talk to your Neighbours First – Ann Arbor News
After hours of listening to residents speak against a large student housing project that the City Council eventually rejected, Ann Arbor Mayor John Hieftje had some advice for the next developer hoping to build on the site: Talk to the neighbors first.

Not in Silver Lake’s Backyard – by Christopher Hawthorne – Los Angeles Times
If you’ve spent any time in Silver Lake lately, you’ve probablyseen the signs. They have nothing to do with this year’s presidential campaign; they don’t point the way to a movie set or offer cash for your house.

They’re the result, instead, of a neighborhood battle that has turned increasingly bitter over the last year or so.

Europe

High and mighty by Will Alsop – The Guardian
Cities never stay still. The destruction of large parts of London in the second world war allowed a new urbanism – not all of it good by any means – to take place. The rise of London to become perhaps the world’s finance capital was accompanied by a realisation that a denser city of mixed use is environmentally more responsible than spreading out into green-belt areas and beyond. All these pressures make our urban environment more vibrant.

LI joins offers Prime Minister support in tackling climate change – Landscapeinstiture.org
The Landscape Institute today welcomed a collaborative letter signed by the leaders of the built environment professions including LI President Nigel Thorne, sent to the Prime Minister, urging a “detailed, equitable and binding agreement” to avert the worse consequences of climate change.

Middle East

UAE Finalising railway plan – UAEinteract.com
The UAE is finalising a 350-kilometre national railway network plan to ease road congestion, said Sultan Bin Saeed Al Mansouri, Minister of Government Sector Development. The track will link Abu Dhabi to the east coast and will eventually be connected with the proposed GCC-wide railway network.

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