Hand over the mini-malls

The ubiquitous L.A. mini-mall is the 1980s love child of bad tax laws and shortsighted planning policies. But we have them all around us — every street corner it sometimes seems — and they’re not getting any prettier as they age. I propose that we embrace the mini-mall and make it a positive feature of the contemporary urban landscape.

Hand over the mini-malls – Los Angeles Times

VietNamNet – Southern hub knocking over its growth targets

Ho Chi Minh City gross domestic product (GDP) in 11 months increased nearly 12 per cent in comparison with the 11.5 per cent gained last year. The report anticipates that the city’s GDP by year’s end will reach 12.6 per cent, a record for the past decade.
Experts have said the city’s economic growth saw equal contributions from its key sectors: services, industry and development investment.

At a session to review the city’s socio-economic situation in 2007, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung said that economic restructuring remained problematic, skilled and specialised human resources were still far less than demand and administrative reforms had yet to be fully implemented.

“The city’s traffic jams, flooding and social evils are escalating and need to be resolved,” he said.
VietNamNet – Southern hub knocking over its growth targets.

Abu Dhabi Builds Its Architectural Cred

The building boom in the capital of the United Arab Emirates rivals that of Dubai. But Abu Dhabi hopes to distinguish itself with ambitious green architecture

In recent weeks, the rivalry between neighboring United Arab Emirates Dubai and Abu Dhabi has been heating up on a world stage—most notably with the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority’s purchase of a $7.5 billion stake in Citigroup (C) (BusinessWeek.com, 11/27/07), which came on the heels of Dubai’s investment in Sony (SNE) in late November.

Abu Dhabi Builds Its Architectural Cred– Business Week – Reena Jana

The Biggest Mies Collection

On the edge of downtown Detroit, just east of the Chrysler Freeway and not far from Detroit’s still-troubled neighborhoods, lies Lafayette Park, one of the nation’s most beautiful — and most obscure — residential developments. Composed of three sections — a high-rise apartment building and 21 multiple-unit townhouses on the western border, 13 acres of landscaping down the center, and twin apartment towers on the east — Lafayette Park holds the largest collection of buildings in the world designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.
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Called “oft-overlooked” by the Harvard Design School and “a little-known jewel of modern urbanism” by Detlef Mertins, a professor of architecture at the University of Pennsylvania, it should be renowned, both for its loveliness and for its ability to thrive through Detroit’s dark times of riots, destruction and middle-class flight.

The Biggest Mies Collection – WSJ.com Wall Street Journal – Julia Vitullo-Martin

Hyde Park Plan Clears Hurdle

The Tampa City Council voted 4-2 on Thursday to rezone the 20-year-old outdoor shopping complex for a $100 million makeover that includes condominium towers and stores.

“This is the only true urban village in the city,” said Councilman Charlie Miranda, who also voted to approve the original village plans in the 1970s. “It will give the city the opportunity for a lot more walkers, a lot more activity and a lot more communication with people.”

Miranda said the project is another indication of a changing city.

“It’s becoming more and more likely that Hyde Park, if you take out Bayshore, is the centerpiece of this wonderful city,” he said.

Hyde Park Plan Clears Hurdle Tampa Bay Online

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