The man who built Vancouver has a grand plan for Abu Dhabi

The man who built Vancouver has a grand plan for Abu Dhabi
By David George-Cosh, Canwest News Service
Published: Sunday, April 13, 2008

When Larry Beasley received an e-mail from Abu Dhabi government headhunters more than two years ago, he dismissed it as spam.

“I found out that they wanted me to develop a plan for [Abu Dhabi], that they wanted it to be one of the best cities in the world and that they had been doing a search for the person to lead the way,” Mr. Beasley said during an interview at the lavish “seven-star” Emirates Palace hotel.

The youthful-looking 59-year-old’s name kept popping up to the Emirati staffers, who were hearing about “the Vancouver Model,” a world-renowned planning concept that tightly packs in high-density buildings while discouraging car traffic as much as possible.

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LI – Change Change – Leeds May 23

In partnership with Natural England, these conferences are designed to develop further thinking on the crucial role that landscape architects can play in mitigating and adapting to climate change.

In addition to plenary sessions covering the Climate Change Bill, the Landscape Institute’s Climate Change Policy (due for completion this spring) and local case studies outlining the success of landscape-scale approaches to adaptation, there will be a series of workshops for delegates to choose from that relate climate change to the four other policy themes that the Institute will be focusing on in 2008/09:

* Housing
* Green infrastructure
* Community engagement
* Healthy living in the landscape.

More information

Source: Landscape Institute – UK

LI – Climate Change – Bristol 25 April

n partnership with Natural England, these conferences are designed to develop further thinking on the crucial role that landscape architects can play in mitigating and adapting to climate change.

In addition to plenary sessions covering the Climate Change Bill, the Landscape Institute’s Climate Change Policy (due for completion this spring) and local case studies outlining the success of landscape-scale approaches to adaptation, there will be a series of workshops for delegates to choose from that relate climate change to the four other policy themes that the Institute will be focusing on in 2008/09:

* Housing
* Green infrastructure
* Community engagement
* Healthy living in the landscape.

More information

Source: Landscape Institute – UK

World Urban Forum, 03 – 07 November 2008, Nanjing, China

The Fourth session of the World Urban Forum (WUF4) will be hosted by the Government of China and will be held in the ancient city of Nanjing from 03-07 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.

China to hold 4th World Urban Forum

 World Urban Forum Theme: Harmonious Urbanization

World Urban Forum, 03 – 07 November 2008, Nanjing, China

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.

The World Urban Forum is a biennial gathering that is attended by a wide range of partners, from non-governmental organizations, community-based organizations, urban professionals, academics, to governments, local authorities and national and international associations of local governments. It gives all these actors a common platform to discuss urban issues in formal and informal ways and come up with action-oriented proposals to create sustainable cities.

The Fourth session of the World Urban Forum (WUF4) will be hosted by the Government of China and will be held in the ancient city of Nanjing from 03-07 November 2008. Situated in the lower reaches of the Yangtze River, the city of Nanjing dates back more than 2,000 years and is known as the ancient capital of the Six Dynasties of China. Today, home to 6 million people, it is a rapidly growing modern city and is one of the most dynamic in eastern China.

Read more at the Source: UN-HABITAT.:. World Urban Forum | Theme: Harmonious Urbanization: The Challenge of Balanced Territorial Development.

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