Uganda: Kampala’s Poor Physical Planning – Who is Responsible for the Mess? (Page 1 of 1)

As city councillors demand for City Council’s quick investigations and demolition of the mushrooming illegal structures in Kampala, they are concerned that the problem will not be solved unless corruption in KCC is brought to an end.

SOURCE: allAfrica.com: Uganda: Kampala’s Poor Physical Planning – Who is Responsible for the Mess?

UN-HABITAT: World Urban Forum 4 – Theme: Harmonious Urbanization: The Challenge of Balanced Territorial Development

“World Urban Forum 4 will be held in Nanjing, China on 03 – 06 November 2008

The World Urban Forum was established by the United Nations to examine one of the most pressing issues facing the world today: rapid urbanization and its impact on communities, cities, economies and policies. It is projected that in the next fifty years, two-thirds of humanity will be living in towns and cities. A major challenge is to minimize burgeoning poverty in cities, improve the urban poor’s access to basic facilities such as shelter, clean water and sanitation and achieve environment-friendly, sustainable urban growth and development.”

SOURCE: UN-HABITAT.:. World Urban Forum | Theme: Harmonious Urbanization: The Challenge of Balanced Territorial Development.

CABE Space launches 2009 design skills scholarships

CABE Space has announced that applications are now open its annual design skills scholarship programme offering up to six people who work in the public realm the opportunity to travel abroad to learn from fellow professionals how a well-designed space can benefit the community it serves.

read more information @ the SOURCE: CABE Space launches 2009 design skills scholarships

Breathing Buildings

Azure Magazine has published an interview by Paige Magarrey with Paul Kephart of Rena Creek about his work with architects Renzo Piano and William McDonough in creating living buildings.

read more @ the SOURCE: AZURE MAGAZINE

Super Shopping Centre opens in London – mixed reactions

Westfield London – a new 1.7 billion pound shopping centre has opened to mixed reviews. Many think that the architecture may be understated and could be more grand and uplifting and that it feels like a place just for retailers to push their wares.

In recent years more and more shopping malls are becoming the ‘town squares’ of suburbs and cities with more and more emphasis placed on the secondary uses of shopping malls such as dining out, concerts, people watching and general passive recreation rather than consumption. Although these secondary activities are not welcome by some shopping centre managements.

What do you think of the new Westfield London merely a place to shop or does it add more to the community and area?

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