City’s creativity relies on affordability, author says

Vancouver is poised to become one of the creative cities of the world, but that success could be eroded if it can’t find a way to provide affordable housing, says the current guru of urban planning.

“You are in the proverbial catbird seat,” said Richard Florida, the hugely popular author of The Rise of the Creative Class, whose work has generated headlines around North America and even appearances on The Colbert Report.

For one, he says, Vancouver has developed a new kind of urbanism that combines a beautiful built environment with a beautiful natural environment

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$50 Bln By 2020 – The St. Petersburg Times – Economic Forum

Almost a century after Tsarist-era spending came to an end, St. Petersburg is embarking on a new golden age. This time, Russia’s new energy wealth is funding $50 billion in infrastructure projects that will bring Peter the Great’s “Window on Europe” into the 21st century.

By 2020, the city is to have an office tower taller than any in Europe today, a new international airport busier than any in Scandinavia today, and a cruise ship port with more berths than any cruise port of call in the world.

To ease transportation bottlenecks, St. Petersburg is doubling the underground subway system and plans to build a 72-kilometer elevated rail system. Construction crews are building a $3 billion container port, a 116-km ring road, and a 46-km north-south bypass toll road, to speed highway traffic between Finland and Moscow.

SOURCE: The St. Petersburg Times – Economic Forum – $50 Bln By 2020.

TORSANLORENZO INTERNATIONAL PRIZE winners announced

Please see attached for a Press Release announcing the results of the TORSANLORENZO INTERNATIONAL PRIZE – 2008.

PRIZE WINNERS
Landscape design in transformation of the territory
• 1st Prize: Paulinum school in Schwaz, Austria. Rainer Schmidt architect (Austria)
• 2nd Prize: Restauration of the Sforza Cesarini garden in Rome, Italy. Virginio Melaranci,
Cinzia Giuliani, Dimitri Ticconi, Ilia Monachesi, architects (Italy)
• Mention: Pathway and landscape observatories in San Michele di Gazania, Italy.
Ex.Studio, Patricia Meneses and Ivan Juarez, architects (Spain)

Urban green spaces
• 1st Prize: restructuration of the ‘Colline de la Paix’ in Finocchio, Italy. Luigi Franciosini,
Paola Porretta, Antonella Tittoni, Paolo Uliana, Giovanna White, architects (Italy).
• 2nd Prize: General Maister Memorial Park in Ljubno ob Savinji, Slovenia. Matej Kucina,
Tanja Maljevac, Primoz Pugelj, Marjan Pobolsaj, Toncek Zizek, architects (Slovenia).
• Mention: Palm Grove, Darling Harbour, Sydney, Australia. Timothy Williams, Darren
Graham, architects (Australia).

Private gardens
• 1st Prize: Villengarten St. Gilgen, Salzbourg, Austria. Rainer Schmidt, architect (Austria).
• 2nd Prize: Atlas Apartments, Sydney, Australia. Adrian Mc Gregor, Larissa Ward
architects (Australia).

SOURCE: UIA-Architectes.org

World Cities Summit 23-25 June Singapore

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World Cities Summit – June 23-25 – Singapore

 World Cities Summit is a premier international conference series on effective public governance and sustainable development of cities. The inaugural event in 2008 will focus on urban development and environmental sustainability issues under the theme “Liveable and Vibrant Cities”. The discussion topics will address the challenges of developing cities that are both liveable and vibrant. It will cover issues related to excellent urban infrastructure, clean environment, climate change, good quality of life and economic competitiveness.

SOURCE: World Cities Summit

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