Urban poor benefit from Las Piñas housing project

N LAS PIÑAS CITY, VACANT LOTS RANGING in size from a few hundred square meters to several hectares are slowly being turned into productive parcels of land where the poor are taught to become self-sufficient.

Since 1995, the city government, with the help of Habitat for Humanity, Gawad Kalinga and other nongovernment and government organizations, has been building houses for urban poor families.

The houses, however, do not come free. At the very least, owners must pay P500 a month to the city government for 25 years for the right to call the houses their homes.

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Urban poor benefit from Las Piñas housing project

Transit will determine if we’re a city or suburbs

Ottawa city councillors’ big decision next week on the future of transit is really more about planning than it is about transit. Or at least, it should be. The transit plan councillors recommend will determine what our city will be like in the future. Will it be a dense, urban city where people can live without cars, or is the goal to use commuter trains to enable even more suburban expansion?

Read more @ the SOURCE: Ottawacitizen.com – Transit will determine if we’re a city or suburbs.

Royal Architectural Institute of Canada – 2008 National Urban Design Awards

Urban design and architectural excellence play an important role in maintaining and enhancing the quality of life in Canadian cities.

Conceptual/Theoretical Urban Design Plans
Le Campus Outremont (Montreal, QC)
Lead Firms: Groupe Cardinal Hardy in collaboration with Provencher Roy + Associés architectes. Full credits.

Urban Architecture
Canada’s National Ballet School / Project Grand Jeté: Stage 1 Jarvis Street Campus and Radio City (Toronto, ON)
Lead Firms: Goldsmith Borgal & Company Limited; Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architect, Goldsmith Borgal & Company Limited, architectes en consortium; architects Alliance; Urban Strategies. Full credits.

Civic Design Projects
Corktown Footbridge (Ottawa, ON)
Lead Firm: Du Toit Allsopp Hillier / Du Toit Architects Limited Full credits.

Urban Fragments
Making the Edible Campus (Montreal, QC)
Lead Firms: Minimum Cost Housing Group, McGill University School of Architecture. Full credits.

Special Jury Awards:
Sustainable Development
Lower Don Lands (Toronto, ON)
Lead Firm: Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc. Full credits

Special Jury Awards:
Small or Medium Community Urban Design Award
University of Ontario Institute of Technology (Oshawa, ON)
Lead Firm: Diamond and Schmitt Architects. Full credits.

Student Awards:
iCITY: Public Space v2.0 (Calgary, AB)
Allison Wood, University of Calgary. Full credits.

SOURCE: RAIC – 2008 National Urban Design Awards.

Cityscape China 2008 featuring world renowned real estate projects

Shanghai and Singapore (ANTARA News/PRNewswire-AsiaNet) – Aside from featuring world-wide real estate developers from more than 15 countries, Cityscape China 2008 — the renowned international real estate investment and development event — will showcase numerous high profile projects including those of US-based MGM Mirage (NYSE: MGM), UAE’s ETA Star Property, Meydan LLC, and Dubai’s Fortune Group. Organised by the Institute for International Research (IIR), Cityscape China 2008 will be held at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre in Pudong, China from 25 to 27 June 2008.

Read more @ the SOURCE: ANTARA : Cityscape China 2008 featuring world renowned real estate projects.

Suburban urbanism hard to figure out on Nashville City Paper

Developments dubbed “town centers” have become centers of attention while springing up here and across the country.

One of the first is Westhaven Town Center in Franklin. Now, there’s McEwen Town Center under construction in Franklin, and others have been proposed, the largest of which is May Town Center, targeted for Bells Bend.

“Villages” are the derivatives — conceptually similar though — just a different name and created in the suburbs just as a town center is.

Read more @ the SOURCE: Nashville City Paper – Suburban urbanism hard to figure out 

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