World Cities Summit – June 23-25 – Singapore

 World Cities Summit is a premier international conference series on effective public governance and sustainable development of cities. The inaugural event in 2008 will focus on urban development and environmental sustainability issues under the theme “Liveable and Vibrant Cities”. The discussion topics will address the challenges of developing cities that are both liveable and vibrant. It will cover issues related to excellent urban infrastructure, clean environment, climate change, good quality of life and economic competitiveness.

SOURCE: World Cities Summit

AILA announce list of submissions for 2008 National Awards

AILA (Australian Institute of Landscape Architects) has listed the submissions received for the 2008 Award categories.

Design in Landscape Architecture has had 47 entries with a wide range of projects including Wetlands, Skateparks, Beijing Olympic Villages, Universities to Landscape art.

Landscape Management has fewer entries relating to management plans and eco resorts

Planning in Landscape Architecture a category focused on masterplanning of variety of scale projects.

Research and Communication in Landscape Architecture the list of entries varies from IT virtual reality and internet to books and education programs

Future Leaders category is to recognise those with new leadership qualities through their professional educational or community based endeavors.  

Award winners will be announced in late August/early September

SOURCE: AILA(Australia Institute of Landscape Architects)

Free Plastic Bag ban comes into force in China

Today is the first day of the ban on retailers supplying plastic bags to customers. Numerous
retailers have started charging customers between 0.3 to 0.5 yuan per bag and supplying the alternative of heshian or material bags for shopping.

The law has come into effect to try and reduce the the direct pollution of the environment and the indirect pollution through the production of plastic bags. The production of plastic bags uses thousands of litres of oil per day in China.

 

India’s politicians pay the price for ignoring booming urban economy – Scotsman.com News

IT HAS been a frustrating time for many businesses in India’s IT hub of Bangalore. Endless traffic jams, sporadic power, a chaotic airport and many politicians who just couldn’t give a damn.
For four years, Karnataka state, home to India’s “silicon valley”, was ruled by a chaotic coalition with a regional party. Janata Dal (S)’s support base was among farmers, and politicians were criticised for ignoring Bangalore’s IT “elites”.

The result: more decrepit public transport, four-hour commutes, packed roads and blackouts that have taken some gleam off this city as it faces increasing competition for foreign investment from rival cities such as Shanghai and Manila.

Read more @ the SOURCE – Scotsman.com News – India’s politicians pay the price for ignoring booming urban economy – .

$30m for Punggol Waterfront Town

THE Government will spend about $30 million to develop key features of the new Punggol Waterfront Town.
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Most of that amount will go towards the man-made, 4.2-km Punggol Waterway, which will be constructed next year — $25 million will be spent on landscape and architectural development, not including infrastructure costs such as excavating works.
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The waterway will be the focal point of activities, according to plans by the Housing and Development Board (HDB).

Read more @ the SOURCE: TODAYonline.

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