The man who built Vancouver has a grand plan for Abu Dhabi

The man who built Vancouver has a grand plan for Abu Dhabi
By David George-Cosh, Canwest News Service
Published: Sunday, April 13, 2008

When Larry Beasley received an e-mail from Abu Dhabi government headhunters more than two years ago, he dismissed it as spam.

“I found out that they wanted me to develop a plan for [Abu Dhabi], that they wanted it to be one of the best cities in the world and that they had been doing a search for the person to lead the way,” Mr. Beasley said during an interview at the lavish “seven-star” Emirates Palace hotel.

The youthful-looking 59-year-old’s name kept popping up to the Emirati staffers, who were hearing about “the Vancouver Model,” a world-renowned planning concept that tightly packs in high-density buildings while discouraging car traffic as much as possible.

Read more @ the Source: Canada.com – The man who built Vancouver has a grand plan for Abu Dhabi.

China to hold 4th World Urban Forum

 World Urban Forum Theme: Harmonious Urbanization

World Urban Forum, 03 – 07 November 2008, Nanjing, China

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.

The World Urban Forum is a biennial gathering that is attended by a wide range of partners, from non-governmental organizations, community-based organizations, urban professionals, academics, to governments, local authorities and national and international associations of local governments. It gives all these actors a common platform to discuss urban issues in formal and informal ways and come up with action-oriented proposals to create sustainable cities.

The Fourth session of the World Urban Forum (WUF4) will be hosted by the Government of China and will be held in the ancient city of Nanjing from 03-07 November 2008. Situated in the lower reaches of the Yangtze River, the city of Nanjing dates back more than 2,000 years and is known as the ancient capital of the Six Dynasties of China. Today, home to 6 million people, it is a rapidly growing modern city and is one of the most dynamic in eastern China.

Read more at the Source: UN-HABITAT.:. World Urban Forum | Theme: Harmonious Urbanization: The Challenge of Balanced Territorial Development.

Discovery Green, Houston opens

Downtown Houston celebrated the Grand Opening of Discovery Green and the start of the Spring/Summer programming season at the park. The Discovery Green Family Day opening featured 12 acres of urban green space including a one-acre lake, children’s playground, interactive water features, amphitheater stage and slope, small and large dog runs, public art works, HPL Express, open lawns and excellent restaurants..

Source: Hargreaves Associates

Cityscape Asia starts Tuesday – Singapore

Tuesday(April 15) marks the start of the three day Cityscape Asia. This is an annual networking exhibition and conference focusing on all aspects of the property development cycle.

The event attracts regional and international investors, property developers, government and development authorities, leading architects, designers, consultants and all senior professionals involved in the property industry. It provides an annual forum that celebrates the very best in real estate, architecture, urban planning and design from around the world.

Pre-registration has closed, however you still register at the Exhibition at Suntec Singapore Level 4. Exhibition hours are 10am till 7pm 15 to 17 April

Source: Cityscape – The International Property Investment & Development Event.

OMA reveals Copenhagen waterfront project

The Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) today revealed the design for the Bryghusgrunden Project at the historic waterfront in Copenhagen. The 27,000 square meter building will include new facilities for the Danish Architecture Center (DAC), the headquarters of the Realdania Foundation, along with a distinctive mix of residential units, public program and playground facilities.

The Bryghusgrunden Project is located on the harbor on the site of an old brewery, the Bryghusgrunden, one of the few remaining areas with the potential to link the city to the waterfront. The building itself will straddle the busy Christians Brygge ring road, creating new urban connections for pedestrians and cyclists between the waterfront and Denmark’s houses of government.

The mix of program within the building is unique – for the first time an architecture center will be embedded within its own key subjects of study and research – housing, offices, public space and parking. The DAC will include several exhibition areas, research facilities, an auditorium, conference rooms, a bookstore and a cafĂ©.

The project is led by OMA partners Ellen van Loon and Rem Koolhaas in collaboration with project managers Chris van Duijn and Dirk Peters. Van Loon and Koolhaas’s previous collaborations include the design of the new aquarium and science center in Hamburg, the headquarters of NM Rothschild & Sons in London, the redevelopment of Mercati Generali in Rome and the completion of Porto’s Casa da Musica and the Netherlands Embassy in Berlin.

Source : Office of Metropolitan Architecture

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