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.
Newsweek looks at some of the lgreen essons learned by China during the Olympics and how it may keep some of temporary restrictions to improve the environment.
Read more @ Keeping It Green | Newsweek International | Newsweek.com.
No red tapism, no partisan politics leading to uneven growth. For once, the city’s growth will be charted by professionals. The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) has recruited young professionals from leading urban planning institutes in the country to prepare a roadmap for the city in the next 10 years.
SOURCE: The Times of India – Experts will now chart city’s roadmap-Ahmedabad-Cities-