ULI Launches Global City Index Report: London, NY are still world leaders

According to Urban Landscape Institute Global City Index, London and New York still rank among the world’s most successful cities, but face increasing competition from other global cities, according to an analysis of 30 major global indices and other data prepared by the Urban Land Institute, a global research and education institute dedicated to responsible land use. The report, entitled ‘City Success: What do the global indices tell us?’ was released today at ULI’s London New York Dialogue Conference in London.

The report subdivides the indices into four key clusters that illustrate the core strengths and weaknesses of cities:

1. Global Economic ReachLondon and New York are recognised as joint world leaders, followed by Paris, Tokyo and Chicago

2. Quality of Life – Identifies Copenhagen as a world leader followed jointly by Vancouver, Vienna and Zurich.

3. Image and AttractivenessParis tops the rankings followed by London, with Sydney, Vancouver, Venice and Vienna in joint third place

4. Investment and FiscalNew York and Paris share first place followed by London

[SOURCE: The Urban Land Institute]

Wheels are turning for cycle hire

Ambitious plans to provide a cycle hire scheme in London by May 2010 are achievable according to a feasibility study released on the 18 November. Transport for London has now invited companies interested in running the scheme to get in touch with them.

SOURCE: Greater London Authority – Press Release.

East Village Riverwalk plan debuts – Calgary Canada

The developer for Calgary’s East Village will reveal the plans for the redevelopment to the public today. The project has suffered many delays and false starts over many years.

The plans for the first stage will redevelop a 4km section of the riverwalk connecting the East Village to Downtown.

Read the SOURCE @ Calgary Herald – East Village Riverwalk plan debuts.

Macau looks into different resort types

Macua is looking into developing resorts with a difference, currently most of the resorts in Macau cater mainly for gamblers with the numerous casinos opening up over the last 5 years.

The change in direction from Developers in Macau is not only due to a the economic downtown with developers such as Sands laying off 11,000 workers but also due to the recent visiting restrictions for Mainland visitors.

From our own visits to Macau we found that in the last 12 months food prices in restaurants have increased dramatically, taxi fares have risen over 20% and most of all the resorts are geared towards gamblers not families.

Families have realised that after to going to Macau once and you have seen the historical sites there is not much else for families to do if you go for a second trip.

Inspiration for Landscape Architect Media article was “Macau mulls plans to develop more integrated resorts to attract visitors” posted by Channelnewsasia.com

Ahearn researches ‘green’ building – Daily Collegian

Daily Collegian reports that “Professor of landscape architecture and regional planning Jack Ahern returned to the University of Massachusetts after a trip to China last month, where he gave several lectures.

According to Ahern, China’s surge in urbanization “may be faster than anywhere else in the world,” and this made it an ideal place to investigate how to implement sustainability practices.

An important aspect of creating this “green” infrastructure is rainwater management, or “the way water moves between the sky and rivers and the streams,” added Ahearn.”

Read more @ the SOURCE: Daily Collegian – Ahearn researches ‘green’ building – News.

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