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Event – The 2007 8th International Cities, Town Centres and Communities Society Conference

Posted in Events by fedwards on March 26th, 2007

The 2007 8th International Cities, Town Centres and Communities Society Conference, titled Cities on the Edge, will be held from 26 to 29 June, at North Shore City, Auckland, New Zealand. An expected excess of 400 delegates will participate, with representatives from the leading organisations in the areas of town planning, architecture, urban design, built environment, retailing and commercial and industrial redevelopment. Key note speakers include David Feehan, International Downtown Association, and Ethan Kent, Project for Public Spaces, both from New York, with topics spanning from planned communities to sustainability, community building and cultural cities.

Model – Dockside Green, Victoria, Canada

Posted in Models by fedwards on March 26th, 2007

Dockside Green is a environmentally-friendly pastiche of residential, office, retail and industrial space situated in the heart of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. It occupies fifteen acres of former industrial land incorporating the principles of New Urbanism, smart growth, green building and sustainable community design. Sustainable design principles include the triple bottom line, holisim and closed-loop thinking in accordance with The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System.

Model – Dongtan Eco-city, Shanghai, China

Posted in Models by fedwards on March 26th, 2007

Dongtan Eco-city is proclaimed to be the first sustainable city in the world! Currently in the design phase, the first phase of construction is due to be completed in 2010. The development is being undertaken by Arup and strategic partner, Shanghai Industrial Investment Corporation. Situated on an island off the coast of Shanghai at the mouth of the Yangtse river, Dongtan will be developed on 630 hectares of land and is expected to house both commercial and leisure investments, including urban and ecological parks and world class leisure facilities. The city is designed to be as carbon neutral as possible within economic constraints and will include features such as water catchment and purification, community waste management and combined heat and energy systems. Peter Head, Director of Arup, stated that:
"Our appointment sends out a clear message that the Chinese Government is willing to find ways of overcoming the challenges of creating sustainable cities in the face of significant climate change, environmental pollution, water shortages and the need for the use of cleaner energy".

Vision – The City as Catchment

Posted in Models by fedwards on March 26th, 2007

The City of the Future is a competition for designers and engineers held by The History Channel. Designers and engineers from Chicago, New York City and Los Angeles compete "to produce a vision of their city 100 years from now that, like the engineering and architectural marvels of past civilizations, has the staying power to endure for centuries to come". The winning team for 2007 was Urbanlab with their Growing Water project based in Chicago. As described in their own words:

"In 2106, water will be the world’s most valuable resource: the new oil. UrbanLab’s project envisions Chicago evolving into a model city for "growing water" by creating a series of Eco-Boulevards spread throughout the city. The Eco-boulevards will function as a giant "Living Machine" which will treat 100% of Chicago’s wastewater and stormwater naturally, using micro-organisms, small invertebrates (such as snails), fish and plants. Treated water will be harvested and/or returned to the Great Lakes Basin. Ultimately, the Eco-Boulevards will create a closed water loop within Chicago."