China’s cities to receive massive influx

An article in China Daily today reports that over the next 15 to 20 years there will be an influx of 300 million people into cities across China. This will create 1 trillion yauan in annual investment in infrastructure and facilities across China. The rate of urbanisation will be 1% per year. This urbanisation is occuring at the same time as the government takes measures to protect farming land. The urbanisation will require a balance between density and lifestyle in large cities. Many cities in China exceed 10 million such as Shanghai, Chongqing, Beijing, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Chengdu, Xian, however most of the urbanisation will occur in tier 2 cities especially in the west of China.

SOURCE: China Daily

Urban Design Advisory Panel for the Sunshine Coast

The Sunshine Coast (Australia) will appoint an independent panel of external experts from fields such as urban design, architecture and landscape architecture will provide council with design advice and recommendations on policy issues, professional trends, master plans and some major development applications.

Members will volunteer their time and expertise and meet approximately four times a year. Council will appoint members through an expression of interest process.

SOURCE: Media Releases – Sunshine Coast Regional Council .

City squares miss urban life: expert – China Daily

Tan Yingzi of China Daily reports

While more and more Chinese cities are following Dalian’s example and building large city squares, urban planning experts warned Thursday that local governments must stop simply copying the Western style and look for more practical construction and local flavor.

read the full article at the SOURCE: China Daily – City squares miss urban life: expert

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Perth grows at boomtown rate | PerthNow

PerthNow reports

PERTH should grow to more than three million people by 2050, Richard Weller, a professor of landscape architecture at WA University, says.

The author of Boomtown 2050 – Scenarios for a Rapidly Growing City believes Perth still has the opportunity to plan for its expected population surge and use the energy of growth to make a better city.

Read more at the SOURCE: PerthNow- Perth grows at boomtown rate

Purchase Boomtown 2050 at UWA Publishing

Dutch success in London – OKRA wins Croydon Competition


OKRA landscape architects have won the prestigious “International Urban Design Competition for Wellesley Road and Park Lane in Croydon” in London. Lead consultant OKRA participates in this project with Urhahn Urban Design, Peter Brett Associates, Karakusevic Carson Architects and Soundings. The ambition for Croydon is to transform the area, which counts 350.000 inhabitants, into London’s “third city”, complementary to Westminster and the City of London. The transformation of Wellesley Road and Park Lane, the central axis in Croydon, is one of the key projects in Croydon. The assignment is to create a vibrant centre of the monstrous main infrastructure that nowadays divides the centre in two parts.

SOURCE: OKRA and Building Design

For more information and the other competition entries including Field Operations, Edward Cullinan Architects and Hawkins Brown, go to City of Croydon Competition Page
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