“It is ironic that both India and China are having to grapple, at roughly the same time, with the knotty issue of putting agricultural land to industrial or urban use.
India has been beset by a series of protests against the transfer of cultivable land to factory and mining projects. In China, a high-level meeting of the ruling Communist Party discussed sweeping changes last week to allow agricultural land to be used for industrial or non-farming purposes.”
read more @ the SOURCE: The Times of India – Lesson from China: Get agricultural land price right-India-
This was supposed to be the site of Dongtan, the world’s first eco-city, a paradise of sustainable living that would house half-a-million people and set an example to the world.
However an investigation by The Sunday Telegraph has revealed that Dongtan is still nothing but a pipe dream.
read more @ the SOURCE: China’s pioneering eco-city of Dongtan stalls – Telegraph.
Elizabeth Farrelly(sydney morning herald) takes a sharp look at the developments in the project process and the international design competition that never eventuated and has now got an ex-Prime Minister gunning for a natural edge.
Read more @ the SOURCE: Sydney Morning Herald – What’s it to be: a flair mile or plunder down under? – Elizabeth Farrelly.
“An association of architects has warned anew of the lack of a master plan in the design of cities, pointing to the common urban blight of traffic, drainage and sanitation.
Francis Hidalgo, vice president for operation of the Davao Chapter of the United Architects of the Philippines (UAP) said, “it’s very difficult to have a topsy-turvy construction that is not tied to a master plan.”
He said this was the mistake of Metro Manila “and even Davao City may be repeating the mistakes of Metro Manila.” “
read more @ the SOURCE: Business Mirror – Architects warn anew of topsy-turvy urban planning among cities.
The term “urban village” has often appeared in the media, especially in the newspapers of Shenzhen and Guangzhou (coastal cities in southern China where migrant population congregate). In recent years, a “makeover” for these urban villages has become urgent task for local authorities.
read more @ the SOURCE: Economic Observer Online – Rethinking The Makeover of Urban Villages.