Solar-powered cars begin race to Calgary

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.

Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies – IHS 50 year anniversary

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.

Earthquake museum preliminary planning complete – People’s Daily Online

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

Sustainable urban development a necessity

Sustainable development of an urban area or territory depends heavily on its development plan.

As in other countries, Viet Nam is working on establishing an urban structure plan for a period of 20-25 years which is divided into several stages.

SOURCE: Viet Nam News.

RMJM help inner city youths become architects

Scotsman.com reports that RMJM the Edinburgh based firm has launched a  project worth £1m  in conjuction with the Stephen Lawrence Trust to encourage more inner city youths from ethnic minorities to pursue a career in architecture.

RMJM worked on the Scottish Parliament building hopes that the project will increase the diversity and creativity of architecture and help address the global skills shortage that will become more pressing over the next 25 years as more architects retire.

SOURCE: RMJM has designs for young urban architects – Scotsman.com Business.

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