Slums bursting at the seams

More than three hundred thousand people could be living in sub-human conditions in the slums by the end of the decade if the unplanned growth of the Islamabad Capital Territory and Rawalpindi continues, urban planners associated with private companies say. Various civic agencies of the twin cities would be largely responsible for this horrendous state of affairs. “Non-adherence to the sensible planning has already driven the twin cities to the brink of a breakdown, bringing the services and utilities under severe strain from more than 13 hundred thousand people (the current population of the twin cities),” a member of the Rawalpindi planning board says.

Islamabad News.

Community Housing Development in Williamsburg

WILLIAMSBURG — “Higher and deeper” is the theme for the affordable units at the proposed Domino Sugar Refinery development on the waterfront in Williamsburg.

“That’s the key,” said Michael Lappin, president of the Community Preservation Corp., adding, “We have pledged both a higher percentage of units and a deeper income level” than other developments in Brooklyn.”

Real Estate Brooklyn coverage Bay Ridge Eagle Brooklyn, 2007 NY information :: daily paper in Brooklyn.

New Jersey Town Doubles Recycling Rates in One Week

Cherry Hill – NJ, RecycleBank, a rewards program that motivates people to recycle, has become the 27th municipality in the US to deploy the RecycleBank program. After just one week of collection, the town has already seen homes in the pilot program more than double the amount of waste being recycled.

RecycleBank motivates households and communities to recycle by rewarding each household for the amount they’ve recycled.

ENN: New Jersey Town Doubles Recycling Rates in One Week with the RecycleBank Program.

Chicago’s Alleys Turning Green

A new initiative will help make Chicago’s 1,900 miles (3,000 kilometers) of alleyways more sustainable. The miniature streets behind homes and buildings, used mainly for garbage collection and parking access, keep main roads cleaner and less congested but are prone to flooding. The city’s innovative Green Alley Program promotes improved construction techniques and materials that can improve drainage, reduce runoff, and relieve strain on the city.

Environmental News Network: Chicago’s Alleys Turning Green.

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.

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