AUD $4.3 billion Regional Rail Link Contract Awarded in Victoria, Australia

The $4.3 billion Regional Rail Link project has reached another major milestone with the appointment of Kellogg Brown and Root (KBR) and Arup to complete the final planning and geotechnical work before construction starts in 2010.

“Regional Rail Link was Victoria’s highest priority project for action submitted to the Infrastructure Australia and will improve reliability for Geelong, Ballarat and Bendigo V/Line services and free up capacity for more trains on the Werribee, Craigieburn and Sunbury (Sydenham) suburban lines.

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Growers’ markets taking root in inner Sydney

Central Sydney(Newspaper) reports

“The plan is to make Chippendale into an urban farm with food available where we live and work and even growing vines on otherwise hot empty walls,” Mr Mobbs said.

Meanwhile, more than half the land used by Sydney’s market gardens is likely to disappear under developers bulldozers in the next 20 years, a NSW Government report has found.

Read more at the [SOURCE: Central Sydney(Newspaper) - Growers’ markets taking root in inner Sydney]

Flawed urban planning in Bangalore impedes night life

Improper planning and undefined demarcations for business and residential areas in Bangalore is one of the main reasons that impedes the existence of a vibrant night life in the city, said Shankar Bidari, Police Commissioner, Bangalore.

via Flawed urban planning impeding night life.

Former Indonesian President hopes for better urban planning

According to the Jakarta Post, the former president of Indonesia BJ Habibie came out yesterday suggesting that urban planning laws were not enough and that urban planning requires better implementation.

The Jakarta Post reported that Habibie said

“Don’t assume that having a legal system is enough. It’s not. The main thing is implementation,” he said.

“Humans are the ones who created problems and humans are the ones who have to be able to solve the problems and nobody else,” he said.

The Jakarta Post also went on to report that

Indonesia has law on spatial planning but implementation has been poor. The capital city of Jakarta for example has only around 9.6 percent of open green areas, which is far from what the regulated 30 percent.

Read the full article at the SOURCE: Jakarta Post – Implementation crucial for urban planning: Habibie

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Beijing CBD expansion plan to be chosen this year

Beijing CBD - Guomao
Beijing City government has placed seven alternative design for the Beijing CBD public display. Beginning yesterday they were opened for public comment as apart of a six-day CBD International Business Festival.  A plan will be selected by the end of this year for planning and implementation.

The masterplans were submitted by the SOM, KFP, ADPi, China Academy of Urban Planning & Design, along with three design firms.

The plans calls for a 3 square kilometre expansion of the CBD which  doubles the size of the current Beijing CBD. The city government has requested that all new buildings in the new area have a low carbon footprint.

The expansion includes the area from East Third Ring Road near Guomao to the Fourth Ring Road near Sihui Bridge, and will be completed in the next six to eight years. The existing CBD took ten years to complete.

via China Daily – CBD set to double by 2017

via China Daily – Beijing CBD expansion plan to be chosen this year.

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