‘Disneyfication’ of NY city Parks?

December 17, 2007,AEDT

GREENWICH VILLAGE. Last week’s dispute over the cost of relocating Washington Square’s fountain is just the latest wrinkle in a longer debate that’s sure to continue. A request to interview Parks Dept. designer George Vellonakis was denied, but the National Park Service’s former head of preservation called Metro to scold | Read More

Russian City Risks Its World Heritage Status Over new tower

December 17, 2007,AEDT

Saint Petersburg, the imperial capital of Russia famed for its elegance and beauty, risks losing status as a world heritage site under plans by a Scottish company to build the highest tower in Europe there. RMJM, Edinburgh-based co-architects of the contro-versial Holyrood building, have designed the £1bn-plus, 396m Okhta Tower | Read More

Best cities to live in Canada- Calgary tops the list

December 17, 2007,AEDT

Calgary is the best Canadian city in which to live and the third best in North America, a Conference Board study released this week suggests. The report rates urban centres’ attractiveness along seven main categories, such as economy, housing and health, and 46 sub-categories, such as commuting time and crime. | Read More

Going green with a cycleway above the streets

December 17, 2007,AEDT

LIKE the walkways built in the canopies above rainforests, North Sydney Council hopes to lift pedestrians and cyclists above the urban jungle, with an ambitious plan to build an elevated path running from the southern end of the Harbour Bridge to as far north as Falcon Street. The path, still | Read More

Government bans urban dwellers from buying farm houses

December 17, 2007,AEDT

The Chinese central government is reiterating that urban dwellers are banned from buying residential land or houses from farmers. Contrary to a recent report, the Chinese Ministry of Land and Resources says land owned collectively by villagers’ committee will not be allowed to be used for commercial residential projects. Houses | Read More

Plans wilt as RTA kills trees on William Street Sydney

December 16, 2007,AEDT

A PICTURESQUE corridor of newly-planted trees was supposed help a run-down William St become a Parisian-style boulevard following the opening of the Cross City Tunnel. But with the RTA bungling its planting and maintenance effort, up to 64 of the 73 trees are either dead or dying. Plans wilt as | Read More

Busan to Have 117-Story Building(The Korea Times)

December 16, 2007,AEDT

Busan Metropolitan City will launch a big project to build a 117-story resort building. According to Busan Urban Development Corporation (BUDC), it will enter into an agreement with “Triple Square Consortium (TSC)’’ on Tuesday to construct the super large resort building at Haeundae, the biggest beach in the country. If | Read More

The Chiswick chain saw massacre?

December 16, 2007,AEDT

Dare to apply for permission to fell a tree and you can stir up the most passionate of responses. Dare to apply to fell more than 300 in a Grade I-listed historic public park and you have a full-scale battle on your hands. Such is the case in the leafy | Read More

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