IFLA 2008 World Congress Update

PROGRAM
The Preliminary Program has been released for the 3–day Congress with a wide range of topics to be covered involving ‘Transforming Water’.

Speakers from USA, China, Iran, Netherlands, Korea, Australia will give presentations. Download the Preliminary Program

REGISTRATION
Registration will be avaliable from the 10th of March, 2008.
Delegation Fees are as follows:

·         3-day Conference pass                € 480,-     Early bird fee € 380,-*
·         1-day Conference pass                € 260,-
·         3-day Student pass                      € 150,- 
·         1-day Student pass                      €   50,-
·         1-day Excursion pass                   €   45,-
·         Social Program (Incl. Diner)         €   75,-

ACCOMMODATION
The organisers have listed information on Accommodation
 
 

Mayor has plan to deal with building height limit

Chula Vista city officials are preparing for a citizens initiative on the June ballot that, if successful, would lock in strict building height limits citywide.

The initiative, sponsored by community activist and real estate investor Earl Jentz, aims to secure a 45-foot height limit for new buildings on Third Avenue between E and G streets, and an 84-foot limit for most other areas east of Interstate 5.

It exempts certain areas near mass transit, and the future site of a planned eastern urban center with an educational campus, high-end retail stores and a technology park.

SignOnSanDiego.com > News > Metro — Mayor has plan to deal with building height limit.

EcoDensity debate elevates planning to top-level issue

You don’t care where your kids, and their kids, are going to live and you don’t care about the future of the planet.

Do you really want to tell the rest of the world that this mindset pretty much sums up the collective attitude of Vancouverites?

It looks like a few of your neighbours would like to broadcast just such a message as the debate over EcoDensity reaches a crescendo next week.

No other North American city has been able to focus public attention on a simple high ideal that speaks so clearly to the global challenge we all face, and easily translates into real action in our neighbourhoods to ward off these forces that threaten our quality of life.

We should be celebrating, with a global fanfare, that one of our politicians has done just that.

EcoDensity debate elevates planning to top-level issue – Vancouver Sun.

Royal welcome to first ‘Trim Town’ – Scotland on Sunday

IT IS the town that promises to help you to stay thin.

The Prince Charles’ Foundation for the Built Environment is planning the new town with more than 300 homes, shops, other businesses and leisure facilities on land near Cumnock in Ayrshire.

But it will be the first in the UK to be specifically designed with the health of its future residents in mind.

The new town, which may be called Knockroon after a nearby farm, will incorporate a range of features to discourage residents from using their cars, and lead them to adopting a healthier lifestyle.

Royal welcome to first ‘Trim Town’ – Scotland on Sunday.

Heights of fashion in the world of architecture: Gehry to Koolhaas – Times Online

Despite appearances to the contrary (black polo necks, black suits, black round Corbusier spectacles, black shoes offset with one luridly neon element), architects are as fashion-conscious as regular human beings. They just love a trend! Cast your eye over our skylines and it’s like flicking through Vogue – or, mostly, the shopping pages in Take a Break. First a style appears – sported by some avant-garde Isabella Blow-a-like such as Rem Koolhaas or Herzog & de Meuron – next thing you know every architect in the country’s copied it from the architectural magazines, run it up in their sweatshops and covered our high streets in it. One minute it’s edgy, next it’s your local Asda. Five years ago it was buildings shaped like wedges. Since the Gherkin, it’s all curves. Once Rafael Viñoly’s Walkie Talkie’s gone up in the City, though, all skyscrapers will have to look like electrical goods.

Heights of fashion in the world of architecture: Gehry to Koolhaas – Times Online.

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