“Nanjing will spend another 30 billion yuan ($4.41 billion) to renovate 3 million sq m of dilapidated residential areas before the end of 2010, a government spokesman said yesterday.
The measures were announced after Nanjing won the top UN Habitat award at the ongoing World Urban Forum in the city.”
SOURCE: Chinadaily – Award-winning Nanjing to spend $4b on new housing.
Paul Farmer, chief executive officer of the American Planning Association, once summarized his planning concept as “honor history, celebrate the present, and choose the future.”
In reality, especially at the current development stage in China, we seem to have too many “celebrations” of the present at the expense of historical heritage and future generations’ well-being.
SOURCE: Xinhua – It’s time to rethink ideas on urban planning
A joint venture between the Rutland Group and Royal Bank of Scotland will appeal Waverley Borough Council’s rejection of its plans for 2,600 homes at the Dunsfold aerodrome near Guildford, Surrey.
SOURCE: Rutland and RBS to appeal against 2,600 homes masterplan refusal – Property Week.
It’s been a long time coming – but the city council has finally written out its vision for the heart of Leeds.
SOURCE: Yorkshire Evening Post – Leeds city centre 2020 masterplan revealed – .
“World Urban Forum 4 will be held in Nanjing, China on 03 – 06 November 2008
The World Urban Forum was established by the United Nations to examine one of the most pressing issues facing the world today: rapid urbanization and its impact on communities, cities, economies and policies. It is projected that in the next fifty years, two-thirds of humanity will be living in towns and cities. A major challenge is to minimize burgeoning poverty in cities, improve the urban poor’s access to basic facilities such as shelter, clean water and sanitation and achieve environment-friendly, sustainable urban growth and development.”
SOURCE: UN-HABITAT.:. World Urban Forum | Theme: Harmonious Urbanization: The Challenge of Balanced Territorial Development.