Greece to transform airport into a park | Spero News

A MULTIMILLION-EURO plan to transform Athens’ former airport into a residential park complete with sports venues and leisure and business centres has been met with mixed reactions by experts.

On November 26, Public Works Minister George Souflias opened the Elliniko project to public consultation, giving architects, landscape architects, civil engineers, local mayors, ministers and transport directors an opportunity to air their objections – or forever hold their peace – before the bulldozers roll in.

“My first impression is that it’s probably the best plan that has ever appeared for the area,” says landscape architect Thomas Doxiadis. “It is a very responsible and forward-thinking landscape strategy of the type we should be looking at for the next century.”

Greece to transform airport into a park | Spero News.

New Ecotown Will Ruin The Area Warns Parish Council

PROPOSALS to build a new eco-town on an old airfield could spell the end of surrounding market towns and villages in south Worcestershire, a parish council has warned.

Bishampton and Throckmorton Parish Council said it thought the idea to build between 5,000 and 20,000 environmentally friendly’ new homes on the disused former RAF base at Throckmorton “wholly inappropriate” for the area.

New Ecotown Will Ruin The Area Warns Parish Council (from Worcester News).

Ho Chi Minh City University to open Urban Faculty

The Ho Chi Minh City University of Social Science and Humanities is about to open an Urban Faculty to meet increasing demand for urban management. Professor Dr Vo Van Sen, a deputy to HCM City People’s Council and Rector of the university, spoke to Thoi bao Kinh te Sai Gon (Sai Gon Economic Times).

Viet Nam News.

Saudi Arabia to invest in new cities to tap growth

Saudi Arabia, like other Gulf Cooperation Council countries, has decided to create “new cities” to accomplish growth in the real estate sector – a proven growth driver for other economies in the region. Six economic cities have been announced in the Kingdom to complement 14 industrial cities, some of which are already up and running successfully.

GCC to invest in new cities to tap growth – Emirates Business 24|7.

New Year’s resolutions for better cities – Pakistan

Ahmad Rafay Alam looks at the how Pakistan can create better cities as the urban areas increase to 50% in the next ten years. The writer looks at a wide range of issues such as water, public transport and urban planning & building regulations.

New Year’s resolutions for better cities – The International News

Hand over the mini-malls

The ubiquitous L.A. mini-mall is the 1980s love child of bad tax laws and shortsighted planning policies. But we have them all around us — every street corner it sometimes seems — and they’re not getting any prettier as they age. I propose that we embrace the mini-mall and make it a positive feature of the contemporary urban landscape.

Hand over the mini-malls – Los Angeles Times

VietNamNet – Southern hub knocking over its growth targets

Ho Chi Minh City gross domestic product (GDP) in 11 months increased nearly 12 per cent in comparison with the 11.5 per cent gained last year. The report anticipates that the city’s GDP by year’s end will reach 12.6 per cent, a record for the past decade.
Experts have said the city’s economic growth saw equal contributions from its key sectors: services, industry and development investment.

At a session to review the city’s socio-economic situation in 2007, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung said that economic restructuring remained problematic, skilled and specialised human resources were still far less than demand and administrative reforms had yet to be fully implemented.

“The city’s traffic jams, flooding and social evils are escalating and need to be resolved,” he said.
VietNamNet – Southern hub knocking over its growth targets.




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