Flat Bush masterplan for public vetting – NZ Herald

Details of a $1 billion vision for South Auckland will be unveiled next month but its developer is not expecting construction to start until at least 2010.

SOURCE:  NZ Herald: New Zealand National newsFlat Bush masterplan for public vetting

Panel aims at improving urban design

An Urban Design Panel set up by the Christchurch(NZ) City Council is aiming to improve the quality and connectivity of city developments by offering free independent design reviews.

Read more @ the SOURCE: Scoop: Panel aims at improving urban design.

Green policies can save credit crisis and the planet – The Canberra Times

“We need the environmental economists and others thinking outside the square to provide strategies and approaches to secure our social and ecological futures.”

read more @ the SOURCE: The Canberra TimesGreen policies can save credit crisis and the planet

Urban Planning Expert to head Australian Major Cities Unit

Ms Dorte Ekelund – a person with more than 25 years of urban planning experience – will head up the new Major Cities Unit within the Office of Infrastructure Australia.

As head of the Major Cities Unit, Ms Ekelund will advise government on urban design and development at a time when there is more pressure than ever before on our cities from challenges such as climate change, ageing infrastructure and population growth.

Read more @ australia.gov.au – URBAN PLANNING EXPERT TO HEAD MAJOR CITIES UNIT

East Darling Harbour (Barangaroo) – natural edge or city precinct?

Elizabeth Farrelly(sydney morning herald) takes a sharp look at the developments in the project process and the international design competition that never eventuated and has now got an ex-Prime Minister gunning for a natural edge.

Read more @ the SOURCE: Sydney Morning Herald – What’s it to be: a flair mile or plunder down under? – Elizabeth Farrelly.

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