Public parks within superblocks run by private developers can alleviate the lack of green public space and help urban revitalization, an expert said Friday.
“The city administration needs to revitalize the city but doesn’t have the cash. So permitting private superblocks is a part of urban revitalization,” University of Indonesia economist Faisal Basri said at the launch of Podomoro City, a superblock in Tanjung Duren, West Jakarta.
SOURCE: The Jakarta Post – ‘Superblocks add to green space’.
Ben Hoyle of the Times looks at the newly unvealed design for the 7/7 memorial
The design unveiled yesterday by the architects Carmody Groarke is on a more human scale than the American and Spanish projects. It consists of 52 steel columns, one for each innocent life lost, arranged in a clearing at the southeast corner of Hyde Park. Each column stands 3m (about 10ft) tall, weighs about a tonne and is cast from stainless steel in a process that ensures that each one is subtly different from the others.
Read more @ the SOURCE: London offers its memorial to the 52 victims of 7/7 terrorism – Times Online.
The city took a tentative step this week toward fulfilling the dream of a certain kind of urban idealist, saying that it will explore the possibility of creating a bike-sharing program that could make hundreds or even thousands of bicycles available for public use.
“This is a really big deal,” said Wiley Norvell, a spokesman for Transportation Alternatives, an advocacy group for cyclists, pedestrians and transit riders. “In the realm of things you can do to boost bicycling in a city, bike-share is at the top of the list.”
The city asked companies and organizations interested in running a bike-sharing program to provide assessments of how it could work.
SOURCE: NYTimes.com – City Will Explore Broad Bike-Sharing Plan –
Auckland is failing to fulfil its potential and needs to be bidding for ambitious projects such as the 2016 Commonwealth Games, says Ludo Campbell-Reid, the city council’s urban design champion.
Campbell-Reid, who was brought to Auckland two years ago by then mayor Dick Hubbard to give the city a cohesive design framework, has spent a month in London where normally sanguine Londoners are getting excited about the Olympics being held there in 2012.
SOURCE: NZ Herald – Auckland a city in need of ambition – 06 Jul 2008 –
Waterfront Toronto, alongside Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, has been honoured for the sustainable design of its Lower Don Lands project.
The new development, one aspect of Waterfront Toronto’s 8000-hectare central waterfront transformation, recently received the 2008 Royal Architecture Institute of Canada’s (RAIC) Sustainable Development Award.
The award is designed to recognize the role urban design and architectural excellence play in maintaining and enhancing the quality of life in Canadian cities.
SOURCE: Beach-Riverdale – THE MIRROR – Lower Don Lands project receives sustainable development award.
An all-star group of international architects bidding for the chance to design a new urban center for the South Korean capital said Tuesday the vast site offered a rare chance to create a model for 21st century cities.
Five top architecture firms behind many of the world’s recent iconic structures are being given US$1 million each to propose a master plan for the 28 trillion won (US$27 billion) Yongsan business district.
SOURCE: International Herald Tribune – Star architects bid to design new center for South Korean capital as 21st century model city
“Throughout our history, we have grown on the assumption that energy costs would be low,” said Michael Woo, a former Los Angeles city councilman and a current member of the city Planning Commission. “Now that those assumptions are shifting, it changes assumptions about housing, cars and how cities grow.”
Push prices up fast enough, he said, and “it would be the urban-planning equivalent of an earthquake.”
SOURCE: Los Angeles Times – Envisioning a world of $200-a-barrel oil