Granton Harbour ‘like a dreary Beijing estate’

GRANTON Harbour has received the dubious honour of being shortlisted for the notorious ‘Plook on the Plinth’ award.

Judges compared the waterfront development to a “dreary market-driven estate” in Beijing, rather than the iconic project that developers envisaged.

It also features on the shortlist for the Worst Planning Decision in the 2008 Carbuncle Awards, which aim to find Scotland’s ugliest developments.

Scotsman.com – Granton Harbour ‘like a dreary Beijing estate’.

Poor urban planning making Kenya become one big slum

By 2012 it is estimated that 65 per cent of Kenya’s population will be living in urban areas. This is also in line with global trends where actually the majority of the world’s population will be living in urban centres in the next 10 or so years.

Nationmedia.com Poor urban planning making the country become one big slum.

Abu Dhabi urban planning council demonstrates progress plan for 2030

The Urban Planning Council (UPC) of Abu Dhabi held a press conference today to showcase the milestones achieved on the Shahama – Saadiyat highway, which will link Abu Dhabi Island, Shahama through Yas and Saadiyat Island.

As the capital enters its next phase of development and regeneration, it is critical that there is cooperation at every level to address the infrastructure requirements that the development will create. Working in conjunction with the private sector including ALDAR, Tourism Development & Invesment Company (TDIC), as well as the Department of Transport, UPC has quickly formed a consortium of experts to construct the Shahama – Saadiyat highway, which is expected to be completed in summer 2009.

albawaba.com urban planning council demonstrates progress on abu dhabi plan 2030.

Metro: Integrating Habitats. A design competition.

Integrating Habitats. A design competition.

Planning and stewardship › Land and development › Nature-friendly development › Integrating Habitats. A design competition.

Integrating Habitats calls for innovative, visionary design proposals that combine design excellence, ecological stewardship and economic enterprise.

Metro: Integrating Habitats. A design competition..

Fragmented Nature – New Herzog & de Meuron Project

The new Miami Art Museum has the potential to be a breathtaking, beautiful building, one that could simultaneously express new ideas about architecture and its place in the environment and pay homage to the rhythms, climate and patterns of Miami. The design proposal unveiled Friday is pretty enthralling. It is both daring and familiar: an airy, elegant, ethereal pavilion that captures the sunlight and embraces the bay breezes.

The architects for the new MAM, the Basel-based Herzog & de Meuron, are known for their ability to take a fragment of nature — the composition of a leaf, the structure of a root — and reinterpret it, abstractly, as architecture. And indeed that is the case in the proposed design for this $220 million museum to be located in the northeastern corner of what will be called Museum Park (the current Bicentennial Park).
more at Miami Herald