London’s 2012 Olympics Stadium Panned – Architectural Record

The British architectural profession has had a largely negative response to plans for London’s 80,000-seat Olympic stadium, which were unveiled last month. Critics say that the design, by HOK Sport and architect Peter Cook of HOK, lacks the flair of conceptual images shown during London’s bid to host the 2012 Games. But the city’s Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) defends the stadium as an adaptable and practical structure that can be re-used.

Critics have panned designs for the 2012 Olympic Stadium in London, an 80,000-seat arena created by HOK Sport and architect Peter Cook of HOK. The building is intended to be dismantled and re-assembled elsewhere after the Games.

Critics of the stadium, including several newspaper columnists and architect Will Alsop, have voiced a long list of complaints starting with the fact that there was no competition to chose the designers.

London’s 2012 Olympics Stadium Panned | News | Architectural Record.

New terminal for Mumbai port faces criticism from urban planners | News | Down To Earth magazine

Mumbai port is set to expand. The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has given it the clearance to build an offshore container terminal, which will facilitate handling of large container vessels at the port. Mumbai Port Trust officials are happy because the Rs 1,228.39-crore project will add capacity of 9.6 million tonnes per annum to the port. Urban planners and activists, however, had hopes that some portion of the port land would be given to the city.

According to the Urban Design Research Institute (udri), a Mumbai-based ngo, the city has 0.01 ha of open space per 1,000 people, against the international norm of 1.6 ha per 1,000 people.

New terminal for Mumbai port faces criticism from urban planners | News | Down To Earth magazine.

Graduate School Design Green Prize Lauds Seattle Sculpture Park

What do you get when you spend over 400 hours brainstorming, 1,000 hours of research and planning, and six years of hard labor and work on a unique Z-shaped, architectural project? How about a check for $50,000 from Harvard’s Urban Planning and Design Department? On Dec. 5, architects Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi were awarded this year’s Veronica Rudge Green Prize winner for their Seattle-based project, the Olympic Sculpture Park.

The Harvard Crimson :: Arts :: GSD Green Prize Lauds Seattle Sculpture Park.

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.