Wenying Lake | Datong China | AECOM


The Wenying Lake reservoir, also known as the “Mother Lake”, is the most important water supply for the ancient city of Datong. With a massive increase in urban development since the 1980’s, the once plentiful lake waters have been depleted, draining the site not only of water, but natural ecosystems and beautiful scenery.
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Path Garden | Beijing China | Christopher Counts Studio with Jay Lee

Path Garden | Beijing China | Christopher Counts Studio with Jay Lee
The ‘Path Garden’ is designed to inspire visitors with a playful sense of wonder, excitement, and discovery. The engine of this design is a vertically and horizontally exaggerated path that guides visitors through a cinematic arrangement of bold chromatic juxtapositions of plants, water, topography, and garden structures typically experienced in larger landscapes.
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SOM wins Beijing Bohai Innovation City Master Plan Competition

SOM Beijing Bohai Innovation City Master Plan
A new model of compact, environmentally enhanced urban design by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) for the rapid development of satellite cities along Chinese high speed rail corridors has won an international design competition with its Beijing Bohai Innovation City master plan. The winning SOM plan leverages the economic and lifestyle assets of the Beijing-Tianjin corridor by centering the new environmentally friendly district along the high-speed-rail line linking the national capital to the port city of Tianjin. The city expansion will host 17.6 million square meters of mixed-use development, with a focus on providing a premier headquarters location for advanced industries in the dynamically growing Bohai Rim, a region that already accounts for more than a quarter of China’s GDP.

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China to create megacity with 42 million residents *UPDATE*

*UPDATE* The report that Guangdong planned to create a megacity is ‘false’ according to Guangdong government officials. The plan is to strength the transport links and public services between the cities. The government under the formal ‘outline’ plan from 2008 will develop three economic circles Guangfozhao (Guangzhou, Foshan and Zhaoqing), Shenguanhui (Shenzhen, Dongguan and Huizhou) and Zhuzhongjiang (Zhuhai, Zhongshan and Jiangmen) – will be developed in the near future. [SOURCE: China.org.cn]
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According to the Telegraph the urban planners in the Pearl River Delta are set to join 9 cities under the “Turn The Pearl River Delta Into One” scheme create one mega city that is 16,000 square miles. The cities included in the scheme include Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Foshan, Dongguan, Zhongshan, Zhuhai, Jiangmen, Huizhou and Zhaoqing. According to the consultant Guangdong Rural and Urban Planning Institute they undertaking this plan to allow services to be spread across the mega-city, reduce phone call costs and have universal high speed rail and metro train cards.

Whether we call the plan a mega-city or mega-region its still a large urban planning and services task. That involves one the largest manufacturing regions of the world. The speed at which it will move will be dependent on how successfully it is implemented.

The mega-city plan is big and bold like many in China and is in keeping with the current economic plan of mega-regions with two or more cities – Yangzte River Delta(Shanghai, Suzhou, Hangzhou, Wuxi, Nanjing, Changzhou, Ningbo) , Bohai Economic Area (Beijing, Tianjin),  Sichuan Basin(Chongqing, Chengdu), Pearl River Delta(Guangzhou, Shenzhen & Hong Kong), Cross Strait Economic Area (Xiamen, Fuzhou, Wenzhou, Shantou). These mega-regions have between 23 million to 120 million people.

Read more at the [Telegraph]

Land News 16 Nov 2010

Students plan West Campus – Yale News

Two landscape management courses (Ecological Urbanism and Management Plans for Protected Areas) in the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies are developing plans this semester to make West Campus — Yale’s burgeoning site in West Haven for science research and the arts — more integrated with the natural lands surrounding it.

Public get chance to see £10m public realm plans – [Manchester Confidential]
Greengate is a major regeneration scheme on the edge of Manchester city centre, which will see 13 hectares of derelict brownfield land turned into a major mixed-use development, including new public realm. The public are invited to view the plans at The Premier Inn, Deansgate on Wednesday 24th November. There will be a staffed exhibition stand between 7am – 10am, 12pm – 2pm and between 5pm – 7pm, for questions from the public.
We will try and get plans and post them to World Landscape Architect

Guerrilla Urban Planning Meets Resistance – India RealTime Blog on Wall Street Journal
WSJ looks at the what occurs when 35 architects, planners and artists called Urban Typhoon try to get residents involved in changing their neighborhoods.  Article also includes a video.

Planning expert tells Aussies to slum it [ABC News]
As we reported yesterday the City of the Future: Australian & US Perspectives conference is being held in Brisbane and in follow up reports in the news John Norquist, the president of the United States Congress for New Urbanism was reported as “Mr Norquist points to Rio’s favalas as examples of functional communities and says the informal arrangements made in slums are a good model for how councils can improve zoning laws.”

Beijing initiates pilot public bike rental service project

The city reknowned world wide for its bicycles and images over the decades of people riding bikes is launching a public bike rental scheme – Shanghai, Hangzhou and other chinese cities already have schemes in place. Four areas will be used as a trial and 273 outlets will be built and stationed near Line 4 & 5 Subway stations.

New Book: GSD Platform 3 – Available Now from Actar or  December 1, 2010 through Amazon $34.95USD
is a selection of work produced during the 2009-2010 academic year of the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and the potential of that work to address broader questions and inform global initiatives.

Exhibition: GSD Platform 3
GSD Platform 3 is also an  Exhibition is being held at Gund Hall Lobby from November 1 – December 19, 2010

Event: Lewis Lapham – What Makes a City Great – Central Library Kansas City 6:30pm  [via Kansas Star]

New Yorkers to choose Taxi of Tomorrow [NYC.gov]
Personally I would go with the Ford Transit. Similar vehicle to the 4000 VW Touran taxis that were introduced for  Shanghai for Expo 2010.

Other Links

At least $132 million coming to coast to rebuild Katrina-damaged homes [gulflive.com]

Moscow mayor calls his city’s planning “a collection of faults” [Xinhua]

Futuristic Solar Skyscraper Wins the Taiwan Tower Competition – [Inhabitat]

The American Institute of Architects, California Council, Announces Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, as the 2011 Firm Award Recipient

Huangshan to Build Cultural Tourism Complex – [Anhui News]
$597 millionUSD investment in 180 hectares – 26 projects

Stirring the Basin – [ABC]
Australian farmer talks about the Murray-Darling Basin plan and water in Australia

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