Laura Bush enthusiastic about Landscape Architect for presidential library – Dallas News

LORI STAHL of the Dallas Morning News reports

“The landscape architect selected to design the surroundings of the Bush Library is known for tackling tricky, prominent projects, including Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House.

Michael Van Valkenburgh, principal of a New York- and Cambridge-based design firm, is a recently announced key member of the design team that will create the Bush Library on a narrow tract of land between SMU and Central Expressway.”

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New terminal for Mumbai port faces criticism from urban planners | News | Down To Earth magazine

Mumbai port is set to expand. The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has given it the clearance to build an offshore container terminal, which will facilitate handling of large container vessels at the port. Mumbai Port Trust officials are happy because the Rs 1,228.39-crore project will add capacity of 9.6 million tonnes per annum to the port. Urban planners and activists, however, had hopes that some portion of the port land would be given to the city.

According to the Urban Design Research Institute (udri), a Mumbai-based ngo, the city has 0.01 ha of open space per 1,000 people, against the international norm of 1.6 ha per 1,000 people.

New terminal for Mumbai port faces criticism from urban planners | News | Down To Earth magazine.

Graduate School Design Green Prize Lauds Seattle Sculpture Park

What do you get when you spend over 400 hours brainstorming, 1,000 hours of research and planning, and six years of hard labor and work on a unique Z-shaped, architectural project? How about a check for $50,000 from Harvard’s Urban Planning and Design Department? On Dec. 5, architects Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi were awarded this year’s Veronica Rudge Green Prize winner for their Seattle-based project, the Olympic Sculpture Park.

The Harvard Crimson :: Arts :: GSD Green Prize Lauds Seattle Sculpture Park.

Look at risks of flooding during urban planning in Arab countries

An international conference here on wadi hydrology has urged decision makers in the Arab countries to take into consideration the risks of flooding during urban planning. It also called for a ‘deeper understanding’ of the hydrology of wadis, developing an early warning system in the areas with arid and semi-arid climate and draw up a comprehensive management plan for water resources to achieve sustainable development in the Arab world.

Khaleej Times Online – Look at risks of flooding during urban planning.

Housing Policy tabled in Indian Parliament

The National Urban Housing & Habitat Policy 2007 seeks to promote various types of public-private partnerships for realizing the goal of “ Affordable Housing For All’ with special emphasis on the urban poor. This was stated by Kumari Selja the Minister of State for Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation,

PIB Press Release.

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