Blair Kamin from Chicago Tribune starts a conversation “This could be a smashing year for Chicago, but not only for the reasons — including Barack Obama’s inauguration — that probably come to mind. Specifically, 2009 could make a historic mark because it will give the residents of Chicago and its vast metropolitan area a chance to start a civic conversation about how we live, how we grow and whether the mass suburban sprawl of the last few decades still makes sense in the era of declining fossil fuel supplies and global warming.”
Read the full article @ the [SOURCE: Chicago Tribune – The Skyline– Planning for Chicago’s future requires Burnham-style vision–and a big pair of green-tinted glasses]
Shanghai Daily reports “Wu Zhiqiang, the chief planner of Expo Shanghai, is an ardent fan who sees both sides of the emerging city, which is just as well as the decisions he has made will have a major bearing on how it is perceived long into the future.
“Shanghai is an adult with a juvenile skeleton,” said Wu, who leads the College of Architecture and Urban Planning of Tongji University.”
Read the full article @ the [SOURCE: Shanghai Daily Planner sets up future Shanghai]
Undeterred by a battered public image and a recession that might dampen fundraising for his library, President George W. Bush said Thursday that he hasn’t considered scaling back the multimillion-dollar project at SMU.
“I don’t think popularity ratings have anything to do with whether people want to support a good idea,” he said.
read the full article @ the [SOURCE: Dallas Morning News – Bush says he’s not considering scaling back $300 million library]
The Arizona Republic reports “The $30 million park taking shape in downtown Phoenix will be like no other the city has built, officials say.
The yet-unnamed spot will use water, lights, shade and art to create an oasis for nearby Arizona State University students, office workers, residents and tourists, landscape architect Tom Byrne said.”
read more @ the [SOURCE: The Arizona RepublicNew park in downtown Phoenix taking shape].
Technology giant Cisco has launched a competition for architecture graduates and undergraduates to design the “connected community of the future”
Entries must be submitted by February 27, and the winning design will be awarded £2,000, with an exhibition of finalists’ ideas to be held at the RIBA.
For more information go to the Cisco site
Read the full article @ the [SOURCE: Building Design – Students called to design sustainable community]