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.
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.
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.
Plans are evolving, but if the Cincinnati Museum Center succeeds in its quest for state, public and private funding, it will have up to $120 million. to restore its t1933 glory.
It has asked Ohio for $20 million spread over eight years (four budget cycles), and will go after the rest from other public and private sources.
“We’ve been studying it, and continue to study it, and that’s why I don’t have definitive answers,” said Center spokesman Rodger Pille. “But there are things here that need to be done, sooner rather than later.”
Read more @ The Enquirer – Museum seeks $120M.
Over the past three millennia Jerusalem has known its fair share of master builders, from Kings David, Solomon and Herod to Suleiman the Magnificent and mayor Teddy Kollek. But the city has also known a mirror-image legacy of monumental and municipal projects that were stillborn or abandoned.
Read more @ Jerusalem deconstructed | Jerusalem Post.