Kaid Benfield @ the Atlantic: What Does a ‘Sustainable Community’ Actually Look Like?

Kaid Benfield recently wrote What Does a ‘Sustainable Community’ Actually Look Like? for the  Atlantic. Benfield uses a narrative to create Sustainaville - a sustainable community. He goes on to ‘journey’ into downtown Sustainaville and along the way gives examples of what creates a sustainable community. Although he brushes lightly on each aspect of a sustainable and admits at the end that there is more than what he has described its an interesting way of educating about ‘What Does a ‘Sustainable Community’ Actually Look Like?”

Foster + Partners wins West Kowloon Cultural District Competition

West Kowloon Cultural District - City Park - Foster & Partners

The Board of West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (WKCDA) recently selected City Park designed by Foster + Partners as the preferred option for the development of the future arts and culture hub.

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Planners: Break the mould and make Kolkata futuristic

At the symposium for the 2035 Kolkata Metropolitan Area (KMA) perspective plan, an agenda was set for a more holistic development plan, decision makers and planning professionals from Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai and Kolkata urged KMDA to look at the planning process afresh and take a bold approach even if it didn’t fit into the eco-political context of the day. At the end of the daylong deliberation, KMDA chief executive Vivek Bharadwaj was convinced that economy, ecology and governance needed to be embraced for Kolkata to emerge as a metropolis with global aspirations.

Read more: Break the mould and make Kolkata futuristic: Planners – The Times of India

Tel Aviv University creates Lab to study Israel’s urban spaces

The Laboratory for Contemporary Urban Design at Tel Aviv University has a weekly meeting to study the urban spaces to develop an overall picture of how spaces and neighborhoods develop. The group gathers information on the ground and interviews residents for a later group discussion. The Laboratory for Contemporary Urban Design was set up in 2010 with seven members who hotly debate the urban planning of Israel.

If you create the same type of apartment and structure, without variety in the mix of the neighborhood, you in fact produce homogenous social environments. The interaction with ‘the other’ is completely lost.

Read more about The Laboratory for Contemporary Urban Design at Haaretz.com – Deconstructing the city, from inside a lab

OMA & AREP finalists for Skolkovo – Russia’s Silicon Valley

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Skolkovo Urban Design Concept by OMA

On January 20, the two finalist companies, AREP (France) and OMA (the Netherlands) made detailed presentations of their proposed urban development concepts and highlighted the key benefits of their respective projects.

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