Toronto – Jane & Finch – Rebranding won’t provide solutions

“University Heights. That’s the new name, all right? … And we have a logo and everything and you’ll be seeing that all over.”

– Ward 8 Councillor Anthony Perruzza, on his mission to rebrand Jane and Finch

Over the past three decades, Jane and Finch has remained a crack in Toronto’s wall that has, again and again, been covered up with wallpaper.

It has been decorated with grants, surveillance cameras, task forces and studies. But as politicians furrowed their brows at the somehow-surprising findings of each commissioned report, all along, residents have been calling for a new foundation.

Jim Watson politely disagrees with critics who say the provincial government hasn’t committed itself financially to fixing Jane and Finch.

Read more at the Source: TorontoSun.com – Toronto And GTA- Lots of fixes, no solutions.

Korea to help out with Hanoi’s new urban center

Seoul, the capital of the Republic of Korea, will contribute 90 percent of the cost of mapping out a new urban center along Hanoi’s Hong (Red) River, the Hanoi Planning and Architecture Department said Saturday.

After the project plan is drawn up, it will be submitted for approval to the National Assembly in April 2009 and the Prime Minister two months later.

Once approved, authorities will call for bids to carry out the construction of the project.

It is estimated that construction of the new urban center by the Red River will cost about US$7 billion.

Source: Vietnam latest news – Thanh Nien Daily.

NZILA 2008 Awards announced

Supreme Awards (Highest Award)
George Malcolm Supreme Award was won by Isthmus Group in association with Studio Pacific Architecture for Kumototo Wharf Development, Wellington Waterfront
Category: Landscape Design Urban Design

Charlie Challenger Supreme Award was won by Boffa Miskell Ltd for Manukau City Council Restoration Planting Guidelines: Restoring Our Native Plants
Category: Landscape Planning Planning and Environmental Design

Awards of Excellence
Sustainability Award of Excellence – Renee Davies, Waitakere City Council in Partnership with Landcare Research and Architectus and Athfield Architects Waitakere City Council Green Roof

Sustainability Award of Excellence – Wraight Athfield Landscape + Architecture Ltd, Megan Wraight Waitangi Park, Wellington

Sustainability Award of Excellence – Northern Gateway Alliance (NGA) Northern Gateway Alliance Alpurt B2

Sustainability Award of Excellence – Frazer Baggaley ReClaim: Reveal Record Glenbrook Steel Mill

Resene Colour Award of Excellence Isthmus SEART- Sylvia Park

Go to the NZILA awards website for more information

Source: NZILA

Urban agriculture exploding in Vancouver

As our cities grew and our housing settlements changed, we began to separate the places where we live from the places where food is grown. The average North American food item now travels 1,500 kilometres to reach the grocery store shelves.

The quest for a more sustainable way of living is taking aim at this separation of people and food with a commitment to urban agriculture. There are few places in North America where urban agriculture is exploding as fast as it is in the Vancouver area.

The urban agricultural movement promises a new vision where people are living in harmony with the lands and ecosystems around them. Urban agriculture invites food production back into our communities through innovative planning and design.

Source – Vancouver Sun – Urban agriculture exploding in Vancouver by Bob Ransford

15 locations shortlisted for next stage of eco-towns programme – UK

The country’s first eco-towns took a step closer to becoming reality today as Housing Minister Caroline Flint today announced 15 potential locations will go forward to the next stage, providing the opportunity for a major boost in affordable housing across the country whilst tackling climate change.

Housing Minister Caroline Flint stated that “We have a major shortfall of housing and with so many buyers struggling to find suitable homes, more affordable housing is a huge priority. To face up to the threat of climate change, we must also cut the carbon emissions from our housing. Eco-towns will help solve both of these challenges.

57 initial proposals were received from local authorities and developers across the country. The 15 shortlisted locations are:



  • Pennbury, Leicestershire: 12-15,000 homes

  • Manby and Strubby, Lincolnshire: 5,000 homes

  • Curborough, Staffordshire: 5,000 homes

  • Middle Quinton, Warwickshire: 6,000 homes

  • Bordon-Whitehill, Hampshire: 5-8,000 homes

  • Weston Otmoor, Oxfordshire: 10-15,000 homes

  • Ford, West Sussex: 5,000 homes
    Imerys China Clay Community, Cornwall: around 5,000 homes

  • Rossington, South Yorkshire: Up to 15,000 homes

  • Coltishall, Norfolk: 5,000 homes

  • Hanley Grange, Cambridgeshire: 8,000 homes

  • Marston Vale and New Marston, Bedfordshire: Up to 15,400 homes

  • Elsenham, Essex: A minimum of 5,000 homes

  • Rushcliffe, Nottinghamshire: Possible sites still under review

  • Leeds City Region, Yorkshire: Possible sites still under review

Read more at the Source: Communities and Local Government(UK Gov’t) – 15 locations shortlisted for next stage of eco-towns programme

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