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India polarised over water privatisation

Across India, there is a rising tide of water privatisation projects made possible in recent years by a radical departure in the way national policy views water.

Water is no longer just a public service to be delivered by governments but a resource to be managed well if need be, with the participation of the private sector.

Read more @ NDTV.com: India polarised over water privatisation by Supriya Sharma.

Managing Traffic in the Urban Age

The human species is, at this moment, in the process of becoming a mainly urban animal after a thousand generations spent mainly in rural conditions. Many economists and sociologists see this trend as our potential salvation in a world heading toward 9 billion people, although there are some big ifs.

Gridlock already is estimated by some experts to cost New York City up to $20 billion a year in lost productivity. India’s cities are mired in traffic. China is seeing ever more millions abandon bicycles in favor of autos. We’re heading toward a world of a billion cars sometime around 2020.

Do you live in or around a city, and if so how do you get to work? Would you take a train or bus if traffic thinned out? Should drivers essentially pay for transit riders?

Read more @ New York Times  – Managing Traffic in the Urban Age – Dot Earth – Climate Change and Sustainability by Andrew Revkin

Iran News – Iran joins IFLA

Iranian Association of Greenery Engineers has joined the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA), Iran Daily reported.

A team of experts headed by IFLA president, Diane Menzies visited Iran on January 25 to become familiar with landscape design in the country, reported IRNA.

IFLA president delivered a lecture on the academic status of landscape architecture at Shiraz University’s Architecture Faculty.

Iran News – Iran joins IFLA.

Canadian architecture revival in Toronto

Canadian architecture, especially in Toronto, is undergoing a revival of sorts. Whether the projects are heralded or panned, the Michael-Lee Chin Crystal at the Royal Ontario Museum, the colourful box-on-stilts (the Sharp Centre for Design) at the Ontario College of Art and Design and the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts (the new home of the Canadian Opera Company and the National Ballet of Canada) have got people talking.

Here at home, a new Congress Centre may soon provide us with something to talk about.

“Good architects are deeply concerned about society and culture and their relationship with a properly built environment,” Frascari said yesterday. “The students at Carleton are taught how to create more valuable, healthy, secure, sustainable and meaningful buildings and cityscapes.”

Read more @ ottawasun.com  – More than just concrete walls- Kerry Thompson.

WWII-era bomber donated to Great Park

In years past, building a central park was about creating an escape from urban life with little nod to what it was replacing.

But the designers (Ken Smith Landscape Architects) of the Orange County Great Park, which is being built on 1,347 acres of the former El Toro Marine Corps base, are taking a new approach, embracing the site’s military past rather than bulldozing it.

In one such move, the park’s board today plans to accept the donation of a World War II-era patrol plane and bomber as the first artifact for an aviation museum expected to feature dozens of historic aircraft and memorabilia.

Read more @ Los Angeles Times WWII-era bomber donated to Great Park  by Tony Barboza 

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