The failure of the state to implement an uncompromising transportation policy has contributed to the traffic mayhem unfolding on Jamaica’s streets.
Add that to unstructured urban planning, and commuters face a Pandora’s box of woes.
This is the view of Jacqueline Douglas-Brown, programme director of the Urban and Regional Planning Programme at the Faculty of the Built Environment at the University of Technology, Jamaica.
“My feeling is that governments have successively not addressed this issue of how you move people from one town to the next, one city to the next, on a daily and weekly basis,” she told The Gleaner recently.
SOURCE: Jamaica Gleaner News – Urban crush drives traffic woes
China’s Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development (MHURD) stressed in a circular on Tuesday that infrastructure restoration was a priority in reconstruction after the May 12 earthquake.
The MHURD ordered governments at all levels to draw up construction plans by June 8, including building locations and materials.
It instructed officials to better manage construction of interim housing in quake-hit areas to ensure its safety.
The government is to assess all school buildings in quake zones, said a statement from the earthquake relief headquarters of the State Council.
Local governments must organize personnel to conduct safety appraisals of all school buildings as soon as possible to ensure the safety of students as they return to school, according to the statement.
SOURCE: Xinhua – Reconstruction of infrastructure priority in quake-hit areas.
The founders of property developer Urban Splash are to sell off almost a quarter of the company’s equity to its management team and have agreed a refinancing deal with three banks worth £125m.
Chairman Tom Bloxham and chief executive Jonathan Falkingham are selling 24 per cent of the shares to seven of its most senior staff, who will be given the option of buying between one and five per cent for an undisclosed price.
SOURCE: Crain’s Manchester Business – Urban Splash founders sell 24 per cent to managers –
Faizan Jawed, 22, is not too excited about the increase in the number of malls and multiplexes dotting the city’s landscape lately. Unlike people his age, he believes that the “horrid architecture of these places is killing the city.” But unlike many, he wants to do something about it; and his ideas have won him a prestigious prize.
Jawed has been awarded the 6000 pound (approximately Rs 5 lakhs) RIBA Norman Foster Travelling Scholarship, named after the internationally renowned architect and administered by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), which will help him study pioneering sustainable infrastructure projects across three continents. His prize winning research proposal was ‘The Role of Public Transport in Shaping Sustainable Human Habitats,’ in which, he suggests ways to make Mumbai a pedestrian and cycling friendly city.
Source: DNA – Daily News & Analysis – Mumbai – A pedestrian-friendly city
Fritz Haeg isn’t perhaps the obvious representative of a revolution in global farming. As an architecture and design academic and practitioner, the American has had his work exhibited at Tate Modern and the Whitney Museum of American Art, and has taught fine art at several US universities. Yet it is last year’s community-collaborative project on an inner-city council estate in south London that best showcases his current passion: the urban farm.
Read more @ the SOURCE: The Independent – The urban farmer: One man’s crusade to plough up the inner city