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.

Architects warn anew of topsy-turvy urban planning among cities

“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.

Will China maintain the green lessons learned from the Olympics

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.

Companies moving inland from coastal region

China Daily gives an insight into the companies moving inland from the Shanghai and surrounding coastal cities – higher land, construction and labour costs.

“A changing industrial landscape is unfolding in China’s most prosperous coastal region…….

read more @ the SOURCE: China Daily Companies moving inland from coastal region
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Urban expert offers advice on San Francisco

“There’s too little water, and too much of everything else,” Gehl said. “It has gone completely overboard in the quick-buck focus – how to skim a half-day tourist.”

“Gehl was in San Francisco last week as a guest of the Planning Department, which has engaged Gehl’s firm to recommend how the city’s streets and sidewalks can be made more enticing to bicyclists and pedestrians.”


read more @ the SOURCE: SFGate.com – Urban expert offers advice on San Francisco.

Is Farmland Preservation Worthwhile? – Planetizen

Preserving farmland has always been a major issue in the U.S. But as Bill Fulton discusses, the local economic results don’t quite justify the efforts.

“The longtime farmers say they’re losing money. Even the organic farmers, who are making money, fear that proximity to urban development — and the complaints that arise — will drive them out of business. The farmland is worth far, far more for development than for farming. So why save it? Is there an economic development purpose to farmland preservation?”

Read more @ the SOURCE: Is Farmland Preservation Worthwhile? – Planetizen.

Redesigning a polluted province in Italy – International Herald Tribune

For places as far gone as this one, however, a new breed of landscape architects is recommending a radical solution: not so much to restore the environment as to redesign it.

Read more @ the SOURCE: Redesigning a polluted province in Italy – International Herald Tribune.

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