ADB Reinforces Support for Urban Development in Bangladesh

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is providing additional funds to improve the basic services and infrastructure in small and medium-sized towns of Bangladesh.

The $87 million loan, sourced from ADB’s Special Funds, will be released in phases. The fund disbursements to each town are linked to governance reform and improvement in urban services.

SOURCE: Asian Development Bank – ADB Reinforces Support for Urban Development in Bangladesh.

Sustainable development crucial for the long term – The National Newspaper

Moves towards green building design and construction should not be stalled by a global recession, according to environmental building experts.

Keith Clarke, the chief executive of WS Atkins, an engineering and architectural services firm, said the design and construction industry “simply doesn’t have time” to wait for the end of a recession before taking action on sustainable development.

read more @ the SOURCE: The National Newspaper – Sustainable development crucial for the long term.

Panel aims at improving urban design

An Urban Design Panel set up by the Christchurch(NZ) City Council is aiming to improve the quality and connectivity of city developments by offering free independent design reviews.

Read more @ the SOURCE: Scoop: Panel aims at improving urban design.

Thousands move from B.C. cities

A new analysis of migration patterns inside B.C. upsets the notion that small-town folks are increasingly flocking to big cities.

While the main destination for new arrivals from other countries or provinces is Metro Vancouver, a five-year study of census data by BC Stats shows a trend in the opposite direction for those moving around within the province.

SOURCE: BCLocalNews.com – Community News Papers from across BC Online.

Foster + Partners join peak oil and energy security taskforce

Foster + Partners is one of eight leading companies launching a report today warning of the grave risks posed by a 2013 peak in oil production. The Oil Crunch: Securing the UK’s Energy Future is published by the newly-formed UK Industry Taskforce on Peak Oil and Energy Security, and is the first multi-company alarm bell to be sounded on the issue. The report urges the government to prioritise the peak oil threat, dramatically increase investment in clean energy and renewables and develop and implement a long-term transport strategy, founded on renewable energy sources.

SOURCE: Foster + Partners.

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