Many green groups have recently taken aim at lighting in the international city of Hong Kong. Friends of the Earth have called upon retailers to minimise the lighting and to turn off many of its lights during the (after 2am).
SOURCE: Reuters UK ‘Hong Kong night light pollution under the spotlight | Environment | Reuters’.
“China’s Ministry of Culture on Tuesday set building standards of public libraries to ensure that they can meet the demands of the country’s booming urban population.
Population size would be the major reference for the size of new libraries from Nov. 1, the ministry said in a circular.”
read more @ the SOURCE: Xinhua – library standards for booming urban communities.
A 38-kilometer waterfront development in Al-Khobar, Saudi Arabia, the upcoming $1 billion (P48 billion) logistics and service hub project inside Clark Freeport Zone, the planned redevelopment of Pasig River waterways and riverbanks, high-rise residential developments rising along the Jumeirah Beach in Dubai, and urban landscaping of Butuan City.
SOURCE: INQUIRER.net, Philippine News for Filipinos – Changing urban areas for the better
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.
“An association of architects has warned anew of the lack of a master plan in the design of cities, pointing to the common urban blight of traffic, drainage and sanitation.
Francis Hidalgo, vice president for operation of the Davao Chapter of the United Architects of the Philippines (UAP) said, “it’s very difficult to have a topsy-turvy construction that is not tied to a master plan.”
He said this was the mistake of Metro Manila “and even Davao City may be repeating the mistakes of Metro Manila.” “
read more @ the SOURCE: Business Mirror – Architects warn anew of topsy-turvy urban planning among cities.