Balance ‘central’ to urban growth

Striking a balance between human development, resource allocation and environmental protection amid rapid urbanization is a grim and unavoidable challenge facing the country, experts said Thursday.

The unprecedented surge in urbanization has greatly improved the lives of city dwellers, but also resulted in pollution, widening income gaps, depleting resources and unbalanced regional development, Shan Jingjing, a senior researcher with the China Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), said at the launch of the Blue Book on China’s Urban Development.

According to the National Bureau of Statistics, the country’s urbanization rate rose from 19 percent in 1980, to 44 percent last year. CASS deputy head Chen Jiagui said the rate is about three times the world average over the period.

Balance ‘central’ to urban growth – China Daily

Palo Alto Online : Stanford Med Center picks big-name architects

Stanford University has brought in two top-tier New York City architecture firms to design the $1 billion-plus Medical Center expansions, spokeswoman Shelley Hebert said recently.

Rafael Vinoly Architects will lead the Stanford Hospital project and Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF) has been selected for the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, Hebert said.

Palo Alto Online : Stanford Med Center picks big-name architects.

Get soul into the city, landscape chief urges

Perth’s vast potential is being strangled by over-reliance on cars and poor use of public space resulting in bland, soulless suburbs, according to Australian Institute of Landscape Architects new WA president Greg Grabasch.

Mr Grabasch said Perth, with its abundance of natural beauty, had the potential to be a world-class city but years of leaving landscape and streetscape design to planners who had not been trained in creating effective public spaces was killing the city’s character.

Get soul into the city, landscape chief urges : thewest.com.au – TIFFANY LAURIE

West 8 Design Team Picked for Governors Island Park

A team of five design companies was chosen today to design the transformation of Governors Island from an abandoned military base into a 90-acre open space at the heart of New York Harbor. The new parkland will include a two-mile promenade on the water’s edge, a 40-acre park occupying the southern half of the island and improvements in the historic military district that makes up the northern half of the island and includes structures built as early as 1810.

The winning design team comprises five companies: West 8; Rogers Marvel Architects; Diller Scofidio + Renfro, the architects designing the High Line in Chelsea; Quennell Rothschild and Partners and SMWM.

Design Team Picked for Governors Island Park – City Room – Metro – New York Times .

Park Plan Choosen – New York Times – Robin Pogrebin

City picks architects for Governors Island – AM New York

Dutch Firm Selected To Design Governors Island Parkland – New York Sun

1,000-home Hawaii subdivision planned

A California partnership is moving ahead with plans to develop a nearly 1,000-home subdivision in south-central Maui despite opposition from the County Department of Planning and some nearby residents.

Ma’alaea Properties LLC recently filed a draft environmental impact statement for its estimated $400 million project called Ma’alaea Mauka proposed for 257 acres of former sugar-cane fields south of Wailuku.

The project envisions 949 residential units in a mix of single-family homes, multifamily units, senior housing and rental apartments plus a 15-acre park and 37 acres of open space.

1,000-home Hawaii subdivision planned – The Honolulu Advertiser.

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