The Moscow Times reports that the city’s urban planning department, headed by First Deputy Mayor Vladimir Resin, said Tuesday that it would be divided into two new branches led by his deputies, with one focusing on planning and the other overseeing infrastructure.
Analysts said the move looked like a response to President Dmitry Medvedev’s demand for an increased focus on both public and private infrastructure development.
SOURCE: The Moscow Times
Several news outlets have reported that BDP has acquired Khandekar – a 30 strong Netheralands urban planning and landscape firm. BDP with more than 1200 staff across 15 studios many working in architecture, interiors and engineering adds a Khandekar to strengthen its business and gain market share in India.
The new firm – BDP Khandekar
SOURCE: Property Magazine.eu,
Gulf Landscaping is an exhibition for the booming Middle East outdoor design and landscaping architecture industries. The exhibition will serve as a sourcing platform and networking event for the regions landscape architects, developers, contractors and other key buyers to enable them to select products, services and solutions for the huge number of major developments in the commercial, retail, leisure and residential sectors, as well as city parks and highways.
Location Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, United Arab Emirates
Event Website www.gulflandscaping.com
CBC.ca reports that 15 solar-powered cars, including four managed by teams from Canadian schools, rolled out of a suburb of Dallas, Texas, on Sunday en route to Calgary in the 2008 North American Solar Challenge.
The race should end on July 22 at the University of Calgary
CBC.ca – Solar-powered cars begin race to Calgary.
More than half of the world population is living in cities. By 2050 it is expected this will be two-third. Cities are growing explosively. The value of production is increasingly located in cities and so is the majority of wealth. City mayors are influential leaders making direct deals with multinational firms and (inter)national authorities. And we use the facilities created and maintained by city authorities. The cities in which we are living have become more important than the countries we are living in.
SOURCE: Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies: IHS 50 year anniversary.
According to the Urban Planning Bureau of Miaoyang City in Sichuan Province, preliminary planning for an earthquake museum in Beichuan, which has received much public attention and concern, has been completed.
Beichuan County suffered heavy damage from the May 12 earthquake in Wenchuan; the county seat was virtually flattened. Mianyang City in Sichuan Province has planned to take in residents of Beichuan County
SOURCE: People’s Daily Online – Earthquake museum preliminary planning complete