“It is ironic that both India and China are having to grapple, at roughly the same time, with the knotty issue of putting agricultural land to industrial or urban use.
India has been beset by a series of protests against the transfer of cultivable land to factory and mining projects. In China, a high-level meeting of the ruling Communist Party discussed sweeping changes last week to allow agricultural land to be used for industrial or non-farming purposes.”
read more @ the SOURCE: The Times of India – Lesson from China: Get agricultural land price right-India-
This was supposed to be the site of Dongtan, the world’s first eco-city, a paradise of sustainable living that would house half-a-million people and set an example to the world.
However an investigation by The Sunday Telegraph has revealed that Dongtan is still nothing but a pipe dream.
read more @ the SOURCE: China’s pioneering eco-city of Dongtan stalls – Telegraph.
Facing a housing market lull which could drag China’s economy further in the backdrop of a worldwide financial crisis, Beijing is probing possibilities to loosen its macro control to activate the real estate sector.
As many as 18 Chinese cities, including Shanghai,Guangzhou,Hangzhou and Xi’an, have announced detailed policies to boost their property market, which have seen at least four months of consecutive drops in housing prices.
SOURCE: Chinadaily.com – Government to boost Chinese property market.
“The widespread use of vegetated and highly reflective surfaces in New York City.s built environment could improve the City.s environment, public health, and economy, according to a study released today. Urban Heat Island Mitigation Strategies Can Improve New York City.s Environment, written in partnership between Sustainable South Bronx (SSBx) and Columbia University.s Cool City Project, reviewed research that quantified effects of using vegetation and cool reflective surfaces in urban areas.
The full report is available through the SSBx website: http://www.ssbx.org”
SOURCE: E-wire.com – Scientists, Sustainable South Bronx: Cool Surfaces Can Combat NYC Pollution, Save Energy, Improve Health; Green-Collar Jobs Needed.
The Landscape Institute has published a Climate Change Position Statement, ‘Landscape architecture and the challenge of climate change’.
Read more @ the SOURCE: Landscape Institute (UK) – Climate Change Position Statement.
Street furniture in the modern city is a balancing act between creating revenue stream from advertisers and a clean design element that has good design and function.
As reported by the Ottawa Citizen – Ottawa is currently facing this issue and using a $275,000 study to look at design, aesthetics and function and also a public consultation process which ends in December. Ottawa residents are invited to provide input at www.ottawasimplicity.ca
The Ottawa Citizen has reported “Ottawa landscape architect John Wright says street furniture should be quiet and harmonious, with good proportions and materials. Standard pieces should not be used in key places like Festival Plaza, he adds.”
Read more at the SOURCE: Ottawa Citizen – Mayor launches plan to rid sidewalks of ugly street furniture.