A Borrowed Place on Borrowed Time

In Hong Kong, where land for construction is scarce and commerce has long ruled, preservation has usually given way to a tide of urban development. Few of the British expatriates and Chinese immigrants who came to the city with the moniker “borrowed place, borrowed time” saw it as a permanent home. But since the territory was returned to Chinese rule from Britain in 1997, its local identity has come to the forefront and heritage conservation has taken on the overtones of a populist struggle.
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Rendering of the Hong Kong Jockey Club’s proposal for the Central Police Station (inset) and Victoria Prison

Recently battles have been waged over buildings that in most cities would have little historical appeal. In the past year, the demolition of two 1950s ferry terminals to make way for a highway and commercial property developments spurred demonstrations, hunger strikes and arrests.

“These recent heritage battles represent a desperate search for a cultural anchor,” says Lee Ho Yin, director of the architectural conservation program at the University of Hong Kong. “It’s part of Hong Kong people seeking their own identity and roots.”

A Borrowed Place on Borrowed Time – WallStreetJournal.com.

New York Market – but Where?

KIM SEVERSON looks at the quandry facing New York of where to place a permanent food market. Kim looks at Greenmarkets and locations in New York that could satisfy the need and hunger for a market in the Big Apple.

Hungary for a Market, But Where? – New York Times

Calgary – a city looking to the future

Calgary is looking towards the future when in 2035 some 70,000 people will live in the downtown core and in 2025, 180,000 people will work there. Calgary is an Winter Olympic host city that is planning its future and looking towards international and national examples of good and bad developments.

Calgary needs to develop into city with an exciting downtown core with life and activity. However it needs to mix the uses of the city and not dedicate areas to one use activities. It needs to mix the civic, cultural, commercial, urban and green uses to make a dynamic urban environment to serve the new and existing population in Calgary.

Also Calgary needs to invest more sustainable infrastructure for transport and also expand the +15 network so that the new residents of the downtown core can move from home to workplace to afterwork activities easily.

Lets hope the City, Developers, Retails and the people of Calgary can capitalise on this new vision.

Article inspired by Planners envision vibrant makeover’ – by Mario Toneguzzi – Calgary Herald

Ealing urged to reject Penny Whistle tower

Plans to build skyscrapers in the suburbs were dealt a blow as English Heritage attacked proposals for a 40-storey tower in west London.

The Government’s advisory body believes the centre of Ealing is the “wrong location” for the 469ft block of flats, nicknamed the Penny Whistle.

Rowan Moore, director of the Architecture Foundation, said: “Once again London’s vague planning system is giving rise to a pointless and expensive debate. Is it okay to build towers in suburbs? Yes. But how big is too big? It is up to the Mayor to give a lead, which he has failed to do.”

Ealing council expects to decide on the application next month.

Ealing urged to reject Penny Whistle tower | Evening Standard.

Urban Agriculture thrives in Zimbabwe

RESIDENTS in and around Harare have capitalised on the incessant rains currently being experienced to plant maize and other crops for subsistence as more families get involved in urban agriculture.

A survey around the city, mostly in high-density suburbs, showed that urban agriculture was thriving as most residents took up patches of land dotted around the city to plant various crops for their families.

Allafrica.com

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