New Orleans Masterplan Public Meetings

New Orleans is holding a series of Public Meetings for the Masterplan Review this week relating to Sustainability, Economic Opportunity and general feedback on the Masterplan. The meeting started on Monday and continue around the city until Friday.

For further details on the meetings go to New Orleans Masterplan Calendar.
Go to the
New Orleans Masterplan website to look at the New Orleans DRAFT Masterplan, various zoning maps
and other informative documents.

SOURCE: New Orleans Masterplan

Rebuilding Metropolitan Areas as a Way of Rebuilding America – washingtonpost.com

washingtonpost.com Editor writes

PRESIDENT OBAMA addressed a meeting of leading thinkers and advocates Monday to redefine “urban policy.” The mission is to strip it of narrow and negative connotations (slums, poverty and crime) and imbue it with a broader purpose, recognizing the importance of metropolitan areas to the nation’s prosperity.

read the full Editorial at the SOURCE: washingtonpost.com – Rebuilding Metropolitan Areas as a Way of Rebuilding America

Perth grows at boomtown rate | PerthNow

PerthNow reports

PERTH should grow to more than three million people by 2050, Richard Weller, a professor of landscape architecture at WA University, says.

The author of Boomtown 2050 – Scenarios for a Rapidly Growing City believes Perth still has the opportunity to plan for its expected population surge and use the energy of growth to make a better city.

Read more at the SOURCE: PerthNow- Perth grows at boomtown rate

Purchase Boomtown 2050 at UWA Publishing

As Mumbai Spills Over, Floodwater Creeps Closer – NYTimes.com

NYTimes.com reports

Inspired by the 2005 floods, Dilip da Cunha and his wife, Anuradha Mathur, who teach design and landscape architecture at the University of Pennsylvania, have spent the last two and a half years studying Mumbai and its uneasy relationship with water. They recently released their findings and 12 proposals for making the city more resilient to floods in the form of a museum exhibit and a book, both titled “Soak: Mumbai in an Estuary.”

read the full article at the SOURCE: NYTimes.com – As Mumbai Spills Over, Floodwater Creeps Closer

Also visit the website Soak: Mumbai in an Estuary

Purchase the Book(USD$125) – Soak: Mumbai in an Estuary

Dutch success in London – OKRA wins Croydon Competition


OKRA landscape architects have won the prestigious “International Urban Design Competition for Wellesley Road and Park Lane in Croydon” in London. Lead consultant OKRA participates in this project with Urhahn Urban Design, Peter Brett Associates, Karakusevic Carson Architects and Soundings. The ambition for Croydon is to transform the area, which counts 350.000 inhabitants, into London’s “third city”, complementary to Westminster and the City of London. The transformation of Wellesley Road and Park Lane, the central axis in Croydon, is one of the key projects in Croydon. The assignment is to create a vibrant centre of the monstrous main infrastructure that nowadays divides the centre in two parts.

SOURCE: OKRA and Building Design

For more information and the other competition entries including Field Operations, Edward Cullinan Architects and Hawkins Brown, go to City of Croydon Competition Page
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