Free zones are to be set up in Abu Dhabi to attract local and foreign investment and diversify the economy away from dependence on oil.
The zones will serve a number of industrial sectors, said Jaber Hareb Al Khaili, Chief Executive Officer of the Higher Corporation for Specialised Economic Zones.
“The government is studying the possibility of setting up free zones in the emirate,” he told Emirates Business. “The first will be announced very soon.
SOURCE: Emirates Business 24/7 – Abu Dhabi plans free zones.
Ottawa residents who want to protect neighbourhoods from over-scaled and ugly development must roll up their sleeves and get involved in the political and planning process, says a longtime Montreal urban activist.
“Do not think that it is the city-employed planners who are going to negotiate with the developers a development project in the public interest,” says Dimitri Roussopoulos, founder and CEO of Urban Ecology, a think-tank on sustainable urban development.
“A lot of what happens in neighbourhoods and cities is driven by very influential and powerful economic interests,” he told a public meeting on intensification at City Hall last week.
SOURCE: canada.com – Ottawa Citizen – Economics often drives city planning, expert warns.
Foster + Partners, Will Alsop and Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners are among the big name U.K. architects turning their talents to jelly. Specifically, they are participating in the Architectural Jelly Design Competition, which seeks to “raise awareness of the relationship between food and architecture,” as part of the London Festival of Architecture 2008, June 20 to July 20.
Read more @ the SOURCE: International Herald Tribune – Raising the Roof – Top architects explore connection between design and jelly?.
The McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, the oldest modern art museum in Texas, has officially reopened after doubling in size. The 45,000-square-foot expansion — named the Jane and Arthur Stieren Center for Exhibitions — allows the museum to host larger, critically-acclaimed exhibitions and enables it to show more of its collection, with distinctive additions such as a beautiful outdoor sculpture garden to showcase the museum’s growing sculpture collection. The $33.1 million Stieren Center re-opened on June 7, 2008.
Jean-Paul Viguier, a French architect who has designed several modern-day Paris landmarks, served as the museum’s lead architect. TBG, Texas’ largest landscape architecture and planning firm, was responsible for designing the new outdoor sculpture gardens and other exterior features.
SOURCE: SunHerald.com – San Antonio’s McNay Art Museum Reopened After $33.1 Million Expansion.
Governor David Paterson announced that Waterfront communities along the Hudson River will share in the award of $24.9 million in grants from the New York State Environmental Protection Fund’s Local Waterfront Revitalization Program,
Grant awards for 97 projects in every region of the state cover planning, design and construction of projects that focus on economic, community, environmental and recreational improvements.
Source: Environment News Service – Hudson River Waterfront Projects Funded for 400th Anniversary.
A national earthquake relief team has chosen a site to rebuild the Beichuan county seat, which was severely devastated in the earthquake.
This is the Bandengqiao area of Mianyang city, and it covers ten square kilometers. After a 20-day field research, experts decided to recommend this site to rebuild the Beichuan county seat.
Li Xiaojiang, chief of China Academy of Urban Planning & Design, said, “It is safe. Earthquakes and other geological disasters will occur less frequently here than in other areas.”
read more @ the SOURCE: CCTV International.