The Concrete Dragon: China’s Urban Revolution and What it Means for the World, by Visiting Professor Dr. Thomas Campanella of the GSD Department of Urban Planning and Design, was recently publishedby Princeton University Press.
The book surveys aspects of rapid urbanization in China during the post-Mao era, exploring the driving forces behind the great Chinese building boom. Concrete Dragon also traces the historical precedents and global flows of ideas and information that are fusing to create a bold new Chinese cityscape. Historian Jonathan Spence has called The Concrete Dragon “a fascinating and timely book that sets the scene for any further discussion of China’s explosive urban growth across the last twenty years.” British urbanist Sir Peter Hall writes, “Anyone interested in contemporary cities, anyone interested in contemporary China, has to read it.”
Thomas J. Campanella is associate professor of urban planning and design at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has also taught at MIT and Nanjing University in China, and was a Fulbright fellow at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. His previous books include Cities from the Sky (2001) and Republic of Shade (2003), winner of the Spiro Kostof Award from the Society of Architectural Historians.
SOURCE: Harvard Graduate School of Design
Two students have won the 2010 Green Goal Mouille Point Student Landscape Design competition for designing a safe, spacious and aesthetic inner city park and recreation area head of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
This comes after landscape design and architectural students from the University of Cape Town (UCT) and the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) were invited to submit entries to redesign the Mouille Point promenade and beachfront area.
Scott Masson, a final year Masters Landscape Design programme student at UCT submitted a design which would transform the site into a dynamic people-friendly facility.
Marike Fick a final year design student at the CPUT, submitted a design of an amphitheatre which she felt would be an important feature to attract a variety of people to the area.
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SOURCE: allAfrica.com: South Africa: Students Win 2010 Landscape Design Competition
N LAS PIÑAS CITY, VACANT LOTS RANGING in size from a few hundred square meters to several hectares are slowly being turned into productive parcels of land where the poor are taught to become self-sufficient.
Since 1995, the city government, with the help of Habitat for Humanity, Gawad Kalinga and other nongovernment and government organizations, has been building houses for urban poor families.
The houses, however, do not come free. At the very least, owners must pay P500 a month to the city government for 25 years for the right to call the houses their homes.
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SOURCE: INQUIRER.net, Philippine News for Filipinos – Urban poor benefit from Las Piñas housing project
Residents in 23 towns and cities in England are to be given the chance to monitor noise levels in their area using interactive maps.
A Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) website shows the level of environmental noise from road and rail networks in the areas.
Users can search by postcode to monitor noise levels. The 23 areas include London, Manchester and Sheffield.
SOURCE: BBC NEWS – UK – Maps chart noise in urban areas.