People’s Park – Competition or Design by committee

A debate over whether UC Berkeley should sponsor an open competition to choose a new design for the historic site erupted after People’s Park Community Advisory Board member and architect Sam Davis suggested holding a competition last week.

While some board members agreed that a competition would enhance plans to redevelop the park, others said the move was premature and called for more community involvement instead.

The competition would be based on the People’s Park Assessment and Planning Study that was prepared by San Francisco-based consultants MKThink over a nine-month period.

At an earlier meeting in November, park users and stakeholders had emphasized the need for open green space and had criticized plans in the consultant’s study that involved permanent structures.

Almost everyone involved stressed the importance of fighting crime and homelessness in the park and keeping the spirit of social service alive.

Berkeley Daily Planet.

Neighborhoods Await Redevelopment Plan | Chron.com – Houston Chronicle

NEW ORLEANS — The few rebuilt homes on this Gentilly block are surrounded by debris-dotted and weed-choked empty lots, or houses abandoned after Hurricane Katrina.

In Gentilly and many neighborhoods, uncertainty hangs like a thick fog nearly 28 months after the storm flooded 80 percent of New Orleans. “It could go one way or the other,” Karran Harper Royal says as she pulls up to her rebuilt home in Gentilly’s Oak Park. “I try to go the optimistic way.”

Neighborhoods Await Redevelopment Plan | Chron.com – Houston Chronicle.

Waste disposal and waste-watch through community participation

I have a novel idea to mitigate this problem. We all know that careless and irresponsible waste disposal practices are now a punishable offence. Since it is an offence, we tend to commit it. We deem dumping our waste criminally and carelessly on someone else’s premises or ‘elsewhere’ as heroics. This is a common misbehaviour associated with any community. We cannot stop it unless people take the initiative and stop it themselves. How can we make people stop it? The only way out is “waste-watching”. This has nothing to do with watching whether someone is disposing of waste in the right manner. Waste-watch is a new concept I propose to shame the people concerned. Since we are so obsessed with our integrity and dignity, it is a good idea to exploit this weakness of the people. Waste disposal and waste-watch through community participation – Merinews.com

Noosa vows to keep fighting merger

The Noosa community is determined to continue the fight against council amalgamation despite the odds.

Figures released yesterday show an overwhelming 96 per cent of those in the shire, who took part in the recent voluntary merger ballot, voted against the government’s decision to combine Noosa with Maroochy and Caloundra in a “super council”.

Noosa vows to keep fighting merger | thedaily.com.au.

Urban Splash reveals stunning seaside shortlist designs

Six architects vie to redesign Birnbeck Island and Pier in Weston-super-Mare

Six architects were shortlisted in an architectural competition to redesign the Birnbeck Island and Pier in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset.

The competition, which opened in August, is run by Urban Splash and RIBA. It received 95 entries from all over the world, including Hong Kong, Canada, Russia and the USA.

Urban Splash reveals stunning seaside shortlist designs – Building.

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