CHENGDU, May 24 (Xinhua) — China will build 1.5 million make-shift houses in the quake-stricken Sichuan Province, which are expected to endure at least three years, Minister of Housing and Urban-Rural Development Jiang Weixin said Saturday.
The houses, offering 20 square meters floor space each, should be made of anti-quake and environment-friendly materials and equipped with lighting facilities, Jiang said at a meeting held by the State Council’s earthquake relief headquarters here in the provincial capital.
Supportive public facilities such as schools and medical service should also be set up, he added.
The unaffected provinces in the quake were required to provide aid to a designated stricken area in Sichuan. Jiang said the unaffected provinces or municipalities should appoint skilled builders and transport the makeshift houses to the quake-hit areas as soon as possible.
SOURCE: Xinhua News Agency – China to build 1.5 mln make-shift houses for quake-affected people_English
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority unanimously approved a tentative billion-dollar deal with the Related Companies on Thursday to build a 26-acre, $15 billion enclave of office towers, residential buildings and parks over the West Side railyards.
As a result, the transportation authority will negotiate a formal contract with Related, and its partner, Goldman Sachs, over the next five months and deposit an $11 million check from the developer for fees related to the massive project. The yards sit on both sides of 11th Avenue between 30th and 33rd Streets, near the city’s convention center.
The deal sets the stage for Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s long-running campaign to transform the once-industrial neighborhood into the city’s next major business district. Still, it could be years before the first building is erected over the windswept yards and the transportation authority begins to get a steady rent stream from the developer.
Read more @ the SOURCE: NYTimes.com – M.T.A. Approves a New Deal to Build at West Side Yards
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Master Plan Architect
PWP Landscape Architecture
THE Government will spend about $30 million to develop key features of the new Punggol Waterfront Town.
Most of that amount will go towards the man-made, 4.2-km Punggol Waterway, which will be constructed next year — $25 million will be spent on landscape and architectural development, not including infrastructure costs such as excavating works.
The waterway will be the focal point of activities, according to plans by the Housing and Development Board (HDB).
Read more @ the SOURCE: TODAYonline.
High-profile arts facilities aren’t the only action around the Dallas Arts District.
Construction cranes bob over projects in the Dallas Arts District. A symposium will look at the effects of the downtown development.
Tonight a group of Harvard University students will present ideas for developing underused land at the district’s southeast corner. The presentation, titled “Good Design Makes Good Business,” will explore the impact of star-architect-designed arts facilities on commercial development nearby.
The symposium will be at 6:30 tonight at the Federal Reserve Building, after receptions for Harvard alumni and the public. Because of security requirements, reservations were required by Friday.
SOURCE: Dallas Morning News – Harvard students plan use of urban developments near Dallas Arts District
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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SOURCE: INQUIRER.net, Philippine News for Filipinos – Urban poor benefit from Las Piñas housing project
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.
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.
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.
Making the Edible Campus (Montreal, QC)
Lead Firms: Minimum Cost Housing Group, McGill University School of Architecture. Full credits.
Special Jury Awards:
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.
iCITY: Public Space v2.0 (Calgary, AB)
Allison Wood, University of Calgary. Full credits.
SOURCE: RAIC – 2008 National Urban Design Awards.