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[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, July 19, 2011 - 12:06
BEIRUT: This year’s political instability, both at home (Lebanon) and in the region, has put a damper on the summer diaspora camp experience in Lebanon, although initiatives aren’t completely lacking. In association with the World Lebanese Cultural Union, RJ Liban, an organization that aims to unite Lebanese communities across the world, has organized a summer camp specifically for members of the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, July 19, 2011 - 11:51
The Iceland Ring Road was reopened to traffic again over the weekend, following the completion of a new bridge over Mulakvisl river. The road across Myrdalssandur in South Iceland was closed after a glacial flood from Myrdalsjokull glacier swept the bridge away. The reconstruction of the 156 metre long bridge was expected to take up to two weeks; however, authories worked hard in order to reopen... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, July 19, 2011 - 09:40
The design of the Museum of Troy at Çanakkale has been carried out by the atelier RTA-Office, led by Santiago Parramón with offices in Barcelona and Shanghai, in collaboration with the Turkish atelier DOME Partners (Istanbul). The aim is that the building rises in the Turkish area of Çanakkale but aspires to be a global focus through its expression and display of the culture of a civilization. A... Read more
[ Event ] Posted on Monday, July 18, 2011 - 14:56
World Heritage at Risk The economics of tangible and intangible heritage under threat Ravello, 14-16 September 2011 A public debate on the conservation/valorisation of urban heritage facing threats related to cultural diversity, armed conflicts, climate changes and increasing tourism demands. This event, promoted by the University of Nottingham in collaboration with the European University Centre... Read more
[ Event ] Posted on Monday, July 18, 2011 - 12:05
The Asia-Pacific Housing Forum in a biennial event that gathers stakeholders engaged in providing urban poverty housing solutions. Building on the foundations of two previous events, this year’s forum is themed “Sustainable Shelter in an Age of Climate Change and Disasters.” The conference aims to: Explore and share solutions that address the urgent and widespread problem of substandard housing... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, July 18, 2011 - 11:30
Abigail Gardner of Smart Growth America takes aim at a recent article based primarily on Wendell Cox's correlation of smart growth policies to the housing market bubble and collapse. Cox's report, "The Housing Crash and Smart Growth" (PDF), and summarized in Planetizen: Wendell Cox Blames Planners for Housing Crisis, "argues land-use restrictions and planning policies like smart growth fueled... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, July 18, 2011 - 11:23
Some suburbs will be successful smaller towns, while others will become ruins, predicts James Howard Kunstler. Unlike other urbanists though, Kunstler thinks big cities are in trouble when cheap energy disappears. Kunstler writes that big "metroplex" cities will be in significant trouble: "Categorically, they are not scaled to the energy realities of the future. Our giant cities are products of... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, July 18, 2011 - 11:16
A state corporation in China has announced plans to reproduce exactly the Austrian village of Halllstadt, down to the smallest detail. Hallstad residents are both flattered and creeped out. Evidently a team of people has been documenting Hallstadt down to the brick to prepare for the reconstruction. Locals have considered suing China to protect the city's rights. Columnist David Brussat thinks... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, July 18, 2011 - 11:05
Urban parks have an important role to play in solving the health and fitness crisis, but too many acres of parkland are not helping people become healthier. How can park systems be designed to be better-used and live up to their potential? The Trust for Public Land has released a report, detailing numerous ways in which the park system can maximize their contributions to the health of individuals... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, July 15, 2011 - 13:29
As part of a new European campaign against plastic carrier bags, the head of Iceland’s Environment Agency has called on Icelanders to reconsider their relationship with plastic. The European Union is asking for ideas from the public on how to reduce Europe’s consumption of carrier bags and other plastic packaging. It is estimated that each person in Europe uses and average of 500 plastic bags per... Read more