The Changing Meaning of Urban Space in Yerevan

Recently, I had the opportunity to be present at a debate about education reform among workers at the Yerevan State University. The occasion was the introduction of the credit system, the latest stage in the reforms. The main argument was that “the Soviet education system was the best in the world and there was no reason to change it.”

Hetq Online.

Viridian still king of the hill

After winning a swag of awards for its stunning architecture, the first two completed stages of the $300 million Viridian Noosa development, including several architecturally-designed homes, have been recognised for excellence in landscape management.

Set on Noosa Hill on a former banana plantation that later became a weed-infested goat paddock, the project has taken out the Queensland Excellence Award for Land Management at the Australian Institute of Landscape Architecture (Qld) awards.

Viridian still king of the hill | thedaily.com.au.

$US 1 Billion needed for Investment in Dragon City

Real estate developer Phu Long Joint-Stock Company yesterday launched what is considered to be the largest project of any local property company, the 65-ha Dragon City in Sai Gon South.

Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao said the project would include villa areas, various apartments, shopping and service buildings and office towers.

Viet Nam News.

Brad Pitt unveils plans for New Orleans homes

Brad Pitt launched his own regeneration project for Katrina-ravaged New Orleans yesterday, unveiling designs for a range of eco-friendly and flood-proof homes.

Pitt, who had ambitions to be an architect if he had not taken up acting, commissioned 13 architectural firms to produce houses that would incorporate solar power and other environmentally-sound designs.

Brad Pitt unveils plans for New Orleans homes | Special reports | Guardian Unlimited.

Architecture Firms Involved

Slums bursting at the seams

More than three hundred thousand people could be living in sub-human conditions in the slums by the end of the decade if the unplanned growth of the Islamabad Capital Territory and Rawalpindi continues, urban planners associated with private companies say. Various civic agencies of the twin cities would be largely responsible for this horrendous state of affairs. “Non-adherence to the sensible planning has already driven the twin cities to the brink of a breakdown, bringing the services and utilities under severe strain from more than 13 hundred thousand people (the current population of the twin cities),” a member of the Rawalpindi planning board says.

Islamabad News.