“We need the environmental economists and others thinking outside the square to provide strategies and approaches to secure our social and ecological futures.”
read more @ the SOURCE: The Canberra Times – Green policies can save credit crisis and the planet
Virna Bussadori, president of the European Council of Spatial Planners, told The Irish Times that “green land shouldn’t be used for building houses everywhere” and the Government should be doing more to protect these areas.
read more @ the SOURCE: The Irish Times – Top European planner ‘astonished’ by rural housing sprawl
The Indian corporate conglomerate, Tata, says it is ready to provide water services in this vast country and also prove that privatisation does not have to involve expensive foreign consultants and providers.
“The poor are readily paying nearly Rs 300 (six dollars) per month for a cable TV connection, but paying for water needs a mindset change,’’ said Pronita Chakrabarti Agrawal.
read more @ the SOURCE: ipsnews.net – INDIA : Water Privatisation – ‘No Need For Costly Consultants’.
The Hong Kong Envrionment Protection Department published the “Environment Hong Kong 2008” report.
Key initiatives in the report include:
– Cleaner Production Partnership Programme launched in connection with Pearl River Delta factories.
– An injection of $1 billion into the Environment and Conservation Fund to enhance community participation in environment and conservation matters.
A Digital Copy(HTML) of the report can be viewed at the EPD site
HK Residents can give feedbak on the site.
New & Old – Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard, Smithsonian Institution, USA by Foster + Partners
Office – Duoc Corporate Building, Chile by Sabbagh Arquitectos
Pleasure – Sheep Stable, Netherlands by 70F Architecture
Production – BMW Welt – Event, Exhibition and Automobile Delivery Center, Germany by Coop Himmelb(l)au
Religion & Contemplation – Dornbusch Church, Germany by Meixner Schlüter Wendt Architekten
Sport – Sports Hall Bale, Croatia by 3LHD Architects
Shopping – K:fem, Sweden by Wingårdh Arkitektkontor AB
Private Houses – Final Wooden House, Japan by Sou Fujimoto Architects
Transport – Nordpark Cable Railway, Austria by Zaha Hadid Architects
Along with the eight category winners from yesterday, these nine projects will re-present to the super-jury tomorrow, competing for World Building of the Year.
read more @ the SOURCE: World Architecture Festival – Barcelona 22-24 October 2008.
“Clearly you cannot have a harmonious society if people are not secure in their homes,” she told reporters at news conference to launch of the State of the World’s Cities 2008/2009 , a flagship report published every two years by the UN agency.
South African cities top the list of the world’s most unqual cities, followed by Brazil, Colombia, Argentina, Chile, Ecuador, Guatemala and Mexico. Urban inequalities in this highly unequal region are not only increasing, but are becoming more entrenched, which suggests that failures in wealth distribution are largely the result of structural or systemic flaws.
read more @ the SOURCE: UN-HABITAT.:. Feature Stories | News | UN-HABITAT unveils State of the World’s Cities report.