Urban renewal gets more funds – The Times of India

The Times of India reports

“With rapid urbanisation going hand in hand with crumbling infrastructure in towns and cities, finance minister Pranab Mukherjee raised the
allocation for the government’s flagship programme — Jawaharlal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission — to Rs 11,842 crore from Rs 10,447.98 crore in 2008-09.

The government has already sanctioned 386 projects worth Rs 39,000 crore under the seven-year mission which started in 2005, aiming to pursue reform, good governance and planned development in urban areas……”

SOURCE: Urban renewal gets more funds-India-The Times of India

Vondel Verses by Anouk Vogel and Johan Selbing

Dezeen reports

“Landscape architect Anouk Vogel and architect Johan Selbing have won a competition to design new lighting and furniture for the Vondelpark in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

NEW PARK FURNITURE FOR A DUTCH NATIONAL HERITAGE
The last jewels are added to the crown after ten years of renovation of the Vondelpark.

A professional jury has unanimously chosen the design of Anouk Vogel
and Johan Selbing as the winning proposal in a competition for the new
park furniture of the Vondelpark in Amsterdam.”

SOURCE: Dezeen – Vondel Verses by Anouk Vogel and Johan Selbing

Green trees deliver green benefits – ABC News (Australia)

ABC News reports

“The economic benefits of greening urban areas outweigh the costs, a new US study has found.

Dr Greg McPherson of the US Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service in Davis, California will present the most comprehensive modelling to date on urban forests at the Urban Greenscapes Symposium in Canberra this week.

“This research is quantifying the role trees can play in clearing the
air, reducing stormwater runoff, sequestering carbon dioxide and saving
energy,” says McPherson, of the Center for Urban Forest Research…”

SOURCE: ABC News (Australia) – Green trees deliver green benefits

Rwanda: Kigali Master Plan Launched

allAfrica.com reports

“Kigali City Council (KCC) yesterday launched its Conceptual Master Plan which will serve as a roadmap for the expansion of the city in the next 50 years.

The Master Plan is based on research and analysis of a wide range of background conditions and technical aspects outlined in the existing conditions report.”

SOURCE: allAfrica.com: Rwanda: Kigali Master Plan Launched (Page 1 of 1)

What’s the future of ‘The Infrastructural City’ of L.A. – Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times reports

“The timing could hardly be better for “The Infrastructural City” a new collection of essays on Los Angeles edited by Kazys Varnelis, director of the Network Architecture Lab at Columbia University.”

[SOURCE: Los Angeles Times – What’s the future of ‘The Infrastructural City’ of L.A.]

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