Fire-safe designs for the future – theage.com.au

  Geoff Maslen of The Age reports

“Ian Weir is baffled. Why is it that local authorities in Australia are so blase about having residents in fire-prone landscapes?

Dr Weir earned his PhD at the University of Western Australia after seven years of research that has resulted in a “bushfire responsive house” ….A practising architect who now lectures in landscape architecture at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Dr Weir is horrified at the destruction and loss of life in the Victorian fires…….”

[SOURCE: theage.com.au – Fire-safe designs for the future]

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Development proceeds on EDAW-designed Palestinian eco-town

EDAW reports

“EDAW and Faber Maunsell are collaborating to plan and design Rawabi, the first new town to be constructed in the West Bank region. The town will accomadate 30,000 people, providing social infrastructure such as schools and libraries, and following a sustainable framework.”

[SOURCE: EDAW.com – Development proceeds on EDAW-designed Palestinian eco-town]

Local leaders work to achieve Chicago’s green urban planning legacy

Medill Reports

“A century after Daniel Burnham created “The Plan of Chicago” – considered the first comprehensive U.S. city planning document – local experts presenting at the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s annual meeting in Chicago still marvel at his foresight and the relevance of his message.”

[SOURCE: Medill Reports – Local leaders work to achieve Chicago’s green urban planning legacy]

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St Elmo master plan being drawn up – DI-VE

DI-VE reports

“A master plan is being drawn up for Fort St Elmo, which will probably see Evans Building turned into a hotel and a fair-weather cruise quay created on the Marsamxett side.
The €100 million project will probably go out to tender next year, once the planning process has been completed – and by when the economic climate has hopefully improved.”

I Dream of Denver – NYTimes.com – Op-ed piece by David Brooks

David Brooks is a Op-Ed Columnist for NYTimes.com where he wrote about where Americans would like to live in the USA:

“You may not know it to look at them, but urban planners are human and have dreams. One dream many share is that Americans will give up their love affair with suburban sprawl and will rediscover denser, more environmentally friendly, less auto-dependent ways of living.”

To read the remainder of this great piece go to the [SOURCE: NYTimes.com – Op-Ed Columnist – I Dream of Denver] 

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