Keynote by Kongjian Yu (俞孔坚 土人设计)at IFLA 2011 Congress in Zurich [Video]

Kongjian Yu (俞孔坚) gave a keynote at the IFLA 2011 Congress in Zurich which give a brief history of his career and then moves on to his ideas about Big Foot Landscape/Urbanism. Kongjian Yu has been key in changing the attitude in China from traditional landscape gardening or landscape as floral art and creating a …

Calgary Mayor visits China and travels by public transit

Often you hear of trade delegations coming to China and experiencing the city. Usually its through the window of a bus or van whilst they run from airport to city and around the city going to meetings. So its refreshing to see Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi taking the time to go and travel on subways …

Accessible Community Facilities are key to making great cities

The National (local UAE newspaper) reported that the Urban Planning Council surveyed 10,882 households in Abu Dhabi and found that communities lacked community facilities and services such as parks, playgrounds, shopping and restaurants (See graph above). What this shows is an pro-active government surveying the population and determining what the residents need. People who live …

Response to Sean Chiao: Planning China’s megacities

Mega-cities are becoming a hot topic in China and academics & government seems to moving on from eco-city and low carbon city to mega-city. Recently Sean Chiao, the executive vice president of China for AECOM posted Planning China’s megacities on McKinsey stating that Mega-cities need to be planned, managed in an innovative way. Scott goes …

Cities as Brands in China

Cities are like brands – they need to have a plan, market, grow, and innovate. Cities can’t just plan and grow and expect investment, residents and tourists to appear. Just getting by can work for some cities such as Paris, Rome or Venice or other world-renown tourist cities – if that is the one of …