SUSTAIN: Vancouver – Sustainability key to growth of future cities

On April 9 the one day conference SUSTAIN: Vancouver was held at Vancouver Art Gallery

SUSTAIN: Vancouver explores this corner of the world as a model for a larger dialogue about how to shape our experience of the urban and consider meaningful ways of living together for the years to come. From farming to architecture, to new technology, to grassroots activism, this day of conversations looks at how creative and critical practices share varied understandings of the contemporary reality and anticipate different paradigms for the future.’

Speakers included academics and design professionals from North America. The conference was reported by the Chinese New Agency – Xinhua which gave some interesting excerpts from the conference including Kelty Miyoshi McKinnon, Principal of Phillips Farevaag Smallenberg (PFS)

“I think there needs to be a larger sustainable strategy in place for looking at kinds of cultural infrastructures, historical infrastructures of the city and how you can incorporate that into new development. I think it is possible to achieve density and maintain those crucial historical elements of the city,”

The Xinhua article gives a good overview but I hope that more appears in the media and on video sites.

Suburbs stop growing due to housing bust

USAToday reports

The recession and housing collapse have halted four decades of double-digit growth for nearly half of the nation’s biggest rapidly expanding suburbs.

Twenty-four of the 53 cities of 100,000 or more that grew by at least 10% every decade since 1970 lost population in the last two years.

SOURCE: USA Today – Housing bust halts growing suburbs

Asian cities are growing

A great editorial from The Nation from the Asian Network of Major Cities 21 Conference (ANMC21) being held in Bangkok.
The editor writes about various issues including:

As Asian countries enjoy economic growth, many face problems that come with too-rapid urbanisation. City dwellers in many Asian countries are increasingly suffering from deteriorating environment conditions.

Many big Asian cities, including Bangkok, have seen their populations grow so fast that social services and infrastructure cannot cope. High density of population can also lead to the quick spread of communicable diseases such as swine flu. Besides this, rapidly growing cities tend to suffer the twin problems of an upsurge in crime and poverty in slum areas.

read more at the [SOURCE: The Nation - Asian cities are growing but quality of life is plummeting]

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