The Wall Street Journal has an interesting article – Re-Imagining a New Urban India (subscription) written by Jaydeep Mody and Divya Dwivedi. The article looks at how urbanisation and economic growth go hand in hand and require macro and integrate planning.
Jaydeep Mody writes
Urban centers have the advantage of economies of scale and scope in offering a range of services to the citizenry that are simply uneconomical to provide in the vast rural hinterland……
Divya Dwivedi wrote
The concept of urbanization in India has been mostly oriented towards major cities, leading to the evolution of ‘two Indias’ – the rich urban India and the poor rural India…..
Read more at the [SOURCE: Wall Street Journal – Re-Imagining a New Urban India] (subscription)
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Kwadwo (Kojo) Fordjour, AICP has written a great article published at Ghana Web which looks at the state of Town Planning in Ghana. Ghana has a population of 22 million with 385 towns and cities, however there is little planning and few universities offering courses in Town Planning. Kwadwo states that the envisioned plan for Ghana for 2015 will be dream unless planning is made the focus of the vision.
Kwadwo also gives an overview of how the APA is assisting Ghana by providing USA tours and job training to members of the GIP. If you are interested in learning more about how you can help they can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org
To read the article that inspired this post go to article at the [SOURCE: Ghana Web]
Ben Walmer, principal in the Somerville-based architectural firm, LiMN Architects, recently returned from rural Nigeria where he donated eight days of his time and professional expertise to help children and families step out of poverty
The project scope includes a 12+ acre training center with a dormitory for 20 students, a simple classroom and dining pavilion for 30 students, a production facility for tilapia farming and Hydroponic gardening, zero energy water flow-driven spiral waterwheels to move water from the river to fish tanks, a bioreactor to generate all electrical needs, and other related infrastructure.
Read more at the [SOURCE: NJ.com – LiMN Achitects principal returns from volunteer design charette in Nigeria – Somerset Reporter]
Luanda – The Portuguese Mayor of Matosinho Chamber, Narciso Miranda Wednesdays in Luanda called for greater investments in planning of national urban centres, for demographically relief of the country’s capital, Luanda.
According to him, the housing programme of the government, providing for one million houses by 2012, is ambitious and the results will be positive if the issue related to the planning, quality and execution are cautioned.
SOURCE: Angola Press – National Reconstruction – Mayor defends urban planning project.
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Once a town that had numerous wetlands to show for it, Kampala’s wetlands now count for only 16 per cent of the total cover. Al-mahdi Ssenkabirwa writes about the dangers that await us as a consequence.
Wetlands are a vital resource because they serve as sponges and water filters. They also prevent destructive flooding along lakes or rivers. But this resource is considerably disappearing by the day. Reason – excessive pollution and encroachment.
SOURCE allAfrica.com – Uganda: Vanishing Wetlands Put Country at Risk of Ecological Disasters
The East African reports
“Tanzania has released a transport policy and system development master plan for Dar es Salaam roads, which incorporates the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project.”
[SOURCE: The East African – Tanzania develops transport masterplan for Dar es Salaam].
DAILY TRIUMPH reports
“AS part of the resolve to achieve its urban renewal objectives, Kano state government says it is set to make the ancient city one of the most beautiful cities not only in Nigeria but the world over.
In this regard, the state Urban Planning and Development Authority (KNUPDA) is currently conducting various beautification exercises toward achieving the set goals.”
[SOURCE: DAILY TRIUMPH-Urban renewal programme: Green areas for Kano soon]