China quake prompts call for back-up copies of urban files-Xinhua

The Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development has urged cities across the country to keep extra copies of local urban planning files in other localities to preserve data against emergencies and disasters.

In the devastating May 12 earthquake in southwest China, such files in many regions, including Wenchuan, Beichuan and Pingwu, were either buried, destroyed or severely damaged.

SOURCE: XinhuaChina quake prompts call for back-up copies of urban files

Star architects bid to design new center for South Korean capital as 21st century model city – International Herald Tribune

An all-star group of international architects bidding for the chance to design a new urban center for the South Korean capital said Tuesday the vast site offered a rare chance to create a model for 21st century cities.

Five top architecture firms behind many of the world’s recent iconic structures are being given US$1 million each to propose a master plan for the 28 trillion won (US$27 billion) Yongsan business district.

SOURCE: International Herald TribuneStar architects bid to design new center for South Korean capital as 21st century model city 

Property outlook robust – The Standard

Hong Kong’s home prices and rents are expected to continue rising in the second half despite higher mortgage rates and other external factors.

Ricacorp Properties said yesterday that as of last Friday, there were 64,342 deals in the housing market in the first half – an 11-year high – driven by a 27 percent jump in sales in the secondary market to 56,468 units totaling HK$187.6 billion, a 48 percent increase over the previous year.

SOURCE: The Standard – Hong Kong’s First FREE English Newspaper.

allAfrica.com: Africa: Environment Ministers Launch ‘Environment Atlas’

African ministers of environment recently launched the Africa: Atlas of Our Changing Environment, which shows a rapidly changing landscape, prominent of which is the disappearance of glaciers on Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania and the Ruwenzori Mountains on the border of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Uganda.

SOURCE: allAfrica.com: Africa: Environment Ministers Launch ‘Environment Atlas’

Poor planning in towns and cities fuels street hawkers – Tanzania

Urban authorities which have failed to allocate special trading areas for petty traders in most towns and cities in the country are to blame for the endless quarrels between street hawkers known as machingas and local government officials.

But poverty has also been fueling the increase of street hawkers as most youths flock into cities and towns in search of better lives. But with little education they find themselves unable to secure decent jobs, thereby resorting to petty trading.

SOURCE: IPPMedia.com – Poor planning in towns and cities fuels street hawkers.

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