China approves reports on quake relief work, reconstruction plan-Xinhua

China on Thursday passed a report on the relief work and reconstruction following the May 12 quake that devastated the southwest Sichuan and some neighboring provinces.

The country will spend three years to complete preliminary reconstruction and further develop the quake-hit region in the following five years, according to the plan.

Vice Premier Hui Liangyu said Wednesday 40 billion yuan (about 5.7 billion U.S. dollars) from the reconstruction fund would be dedicated to subsidize the rebuilding and repair of farmers’ homes.

SOURCE – Xinhua – China approves reports on quake relief work, reconstruction plan

Two new schools of architecture & planning to come up-The Economic Times

NEW DELHI: Two new Schools of Planning and Architecture would come up in Bhopal and Vijayawada at a cost of over Rs 348 crore, with the government on Thursday giving its formal approval to the proposal.

SOURCE: Economic Times – Two new schools of architecture & planning to come up- Education-Services-News By Industry-News-The Economic Times.

The Best U.S. Cities, by Design

The Best U.S. Cities, by Design
Architectural firm RMJM Hillier weighed sustainability, awards, and both expert and residents’ opinions in its list of top 10 U.S. cities for design
See the BUSINESS WEEK SLIDESHOW OF top 10 US DESIGN cities

SOURCE: Business Week – The Best U.S. Cities, by Design.

SUrban development project underway

As part of the 2007-2011 Strategic Policy of Urban Apartment Developments, five projects are now underway in the city, including Menara Cawang in East Jakarta, City Park in Cengkareng and Kebagusan City in South Jakarta.

The development project came about after the failure of the Indonesian government’s 2003 National Development of One Million Houses program,

SOURCE: The Jakarta Post – Urban development project underway.

Northern Ireland News – Causeway Architect’s Plan Has ‘Strong Environmental’ Basis

Causeway Architect’s Plan Has ‘Strong Environmental’ Basis
The National Trust’s preferred architect, for a proposed Giants Causeway visitor centre, will incorporate a “strong environmental basis” in its design.

The designer, Dublin-based Heneghan Peng, has taken the next step forward in building its plans, after submitting a “robust” planning application to the local authority.

SOURCE: Northern Ireland News – Causeway Architect’s Plan Has ‘Strong Environmental’ Basis.

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