Look at risks of flooding during urban planning in Arab countries

An international conference here on wadi hydrology has urged decision makers in the Arab countries to take into consideration the risks of flooding during urban planning. It also called for a ‘deeper understanding’ of the hydrology of wadis, developing an early warning system in the areas with arid and semi-arid climate and draw up a comprehensive management plan for water resources to achieve sustainable development in the Arab world.

Khaleej Times Online – Look at risks of flooding during urban planning.

Most walkable city? Step in line, Boston – The Boston Globe

With its tightknit residential neighborhoods, its boulevards lined with cafes, shops, and parks, Boston officials for years have smugly considered the Hub the best city for a stroll.
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Hotel, tourist, and advertising executives two decades ago coined the phrase “America’s Walking City” and made it part of an international ad campaign. Mayor Thomas M. Menino is fond of calling the city “the most walkable in America.”

Most walkable city? Step in line, Boston – The Boston Globe.

Banking on a Norman Foster Building

The Murezzan is an attractive complex refurbished with new designs by Sir Norman Foster – and in which Credit Suisse has opened its new St. Moritz branch. Inside, a series of works by Swiss artists are on display. An open day is being held on Saturday, December 15, 2007, giving the public a chance to take a look behind the scenes.

Banking on a Norman Foster Building – CS – In Focus.

Sydney addicted to cars

Sydney is being choked to death by cars and cut off from its best asset, the harbour, by a freeway and rail link, according to renowned Danish urban designer trying to rejuvenate the city.

Sydney addicted to cars – New Zealand’s source for motoring news on Stuff.co.nz.

Tehran’s City Theater Complex wins battle to move metro station site

Tehran Urban and Suburban Railway Company has been persuaded to relocate the site of a metro station which they had planned to build directly in front of the City Theater Complex.

The construction of the station began last Wednesday night and experts said that the outlook of the complex, which is Tehran’s most important theater venue, would be threatened if the project were to be completed.

Tehran’s City Theater Complex wins battle to move metro station site.

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