BETH Morgan is the Britney Spears of the planning world.
The former Wollongong City Council planning officer’s sad story of self-destruction will serve as a cautionary tale to men and women in town planning courses across the country. Hopefully, they don’t need the lesson. Their carefully structured undergraduate or postgraduate degrees will have covered the ABCs of public office, along with the technicalities of development assessment and urban design.
Most people have an abstract understanding of the serious games of power, money and politics that arise whenever the public sector makes decisions about the use of land, potentially conferring multimillion-dollar windfalls on lucky landholders or developers.
But applying this abstract awareness to the decision-making process structured by planning law requires a level of professional training and responsibility. It’s risky to assume that it can be learned on the job.
Planning without the greed | The Australian.
The 2008 NZILA SHIFT Conference will highlight and discuss these emerging modes of design practice in the context of the fluid and unpredictable nature of urban change.
A diverse range of speakers will consider legal and planning implications, contemporary design initiatives, changing technologies and the challenges of serving the needs and interests of society as a whole.
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Whether he’s designing £100m flats or creating affordable housing for all, Richard Rogers has just one mission: to make everyone’s life more enjoyable
Jonathan Glancey meets Richard Rogers | Art & Architecture | guardian.co.uk Arts.
On the heels of the Chinese New Year, the Center for Architecture marks the Year of the Rat with two new exhibitions devoted to contemporary Chinese architecture. “Building China: Five Projects, Five Stories” and “Co-Evolution” will bow together tomorrow, February 26 at the center, located at 536 LaGuardia Place in New York. An opening party will be held from 6pm-8pm.
“Building China: Five Projects, Five Stories,” running through May 31, highlights five recently completed projects from emerging Chinese artists. The goal of the exhibition is to use each work’s complexities to illustrate the modern realities of architecture in the rapidly-developing nation. Projects include the Dafen Art Museum in Shenzhen and the Cultural Revolution Timepiece Museum in Sichuan, both completed last year.
Contemporary Chinese at Center for Architecture – 2/25/2008 – Interior Design.