BETH Morgan is the Britney Spears of the planning world.
The former Wollongong City Council planning officer’s sad story of self-destruction will serve as a cautionary tale to men and women in town planning courses across the country. Hopefully, they don’t need the lesson. Their carefully structured undergraduate or postgraduate degrees will have covered the ABCs of public office, along with the technicalities of development assessment and urban design.
Most people have an abstract understanding of the serious games of power, money and politics that arise whenever the public sector makes decisions about the use of land, potentially conferring multimillion-dollar windfalls on lucky landholders or developers.
But applying this abstract awareness to the decision-making process structured by planning law requires a level of professional training and responsibility. It’s risky to assume that it can be learned on the job.
Planning without the greed | The Australian.
Concern over global warming has inspired many housing developers to use energy-saving as a selling point for new projects. Among 13 developers who received the 2007 energy-conserving housing awards from Department of Alternative Energy Development and Efficiency is three-year-old Fine Home Housing Development Co Ltd, which adapts local knowledge to the design of its energy-saving homes.
The energy-saving concept starts with the location. Most projects are located near gardens or canals, says Fine Home managing director Sukit Triwanapong.
Bangkok Post : Business news.
A 40 per cent increase in Perth traffic by 2020 predicted by the Federal Government could lead to chaos on the city’s roads, with congestion tipped to add an extra eight minutes to a 20km journey.
The Federal Bureau of Transport and Regional Services said Perth would suffer the second-highest rate of traffic growth of all Australian cities, well above the 33 per cent national average.
Traffic chaos tipped by 2020 : thewest.com.au.
Demolition of giant storage tanks is the first sign of progress in the largest waterfront development in the history of Auckland.
The tanks have been used since the mid-1970s at the BP Lubricants Auckland production centre at Wynyard Pt, also known as the Tank Farm.
Waterfront tanks starting to come down – 25 Feb 2008 – NZ Herald: New Zealand National news.
Queen Street upgrade in National Awards
Auckland’s controversial Queen Street upgrade is up for a prestigious national design award.
The multi-million dollar makeover of New Zealand’s busiest street is among a record number of entries competing for an award from the New Zealand Institute of Landscape Architects (NZILA).
A total of 97 entries have been received for the 2008 NZILA Resene Pride of Place Landscape Awards, almost double the 50 that took part last time the biennial event was held in 2006.
Scoop: Queen Street upgrade in National Awards.