Saudi Arabia to invest in new cities to tap growth

Saudi Arabia, like other Gulf Cooperation Council countries, has decided to create “new cities” to accomplish growth in the real estate sector – a proven growth driver for other economies in the region. Six economic cities have been announced in the Kingdom to complement 14 industrial cities, some of which are already up and running successfully.

GCC to invest in new cities to tap growth – Emirates Business 24|7.

New Year’s resolutions for better cities – Pakistan

Ahmad Rafay Alam looks at the how Pakistan can create better cities as the urban areas increase to 50% in the next ten years. The writer looks at a wide range of issues such as water, public transport and urban planning & building regulations.

New Year’s resolutions for better cities – The International News

Hand over the mini-malls

The ubiquitous L.A. mini-mall is the 1980s love child of bad tax laws and shortsighted planning policies. But we have them all around us — every street corner it sometimes seems — and they’re not getting any prettier as they age. I propose that we embrace the mini-mall and make it a positive feature of the contemporary urban landscape.

Hand over the mini-malls – Los Angeles Times

Green roofs taking root

Shaw, a Eugene home­owner interested in environmentally sustainable building techniques, installed the green roof on an addition two years ago.

It’s one of a handful of public and private Eugene buildings that sport a layer of greenery on top, a trend that has taken off in larger metropolitan areas such as Portland and Chicago.

A technique dating back thousands of years, it was resuscitated in Germany more than 20 years ago, and is gaining ground in the United States.

Green roofs taking root: The Register-Guard, Eugene, Ore..

Waterfront plan: A magnet and, hopefully, model

Relax, Toronto, all is not lost; the wheels of change grind no slower here than in any other city.

So says Dutch landscape architect Adriaan Geuze, whose firm, West 8, is now redesigning the central waterfront in partnership with Toronto’s DTAH.

“Bureaucratic resistance is normal,” he says, smiling reassuringly. “It’s the same everywhere.”

Geuze should know; he’s worked in cities across Europe and North America. Still, he admits he has his work cut out for him in Toronto.

TheStar.com | News | Waterfront plan: A magnet and, hopefully, model.

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