Archive 2009-2013

9 December 2013
Mysterious China-themed ’city’ proposed in New York’s Catskills

U.S. immigration officials are considering a proposal from Chinese investors to create a multibillion-dollar development in New York’s Catskills called "China City" — raising concerns among critics about the potential cost to U.S. taxpayers and, according to one analyst, the possibility it could be a "stalking horse" for the Beijing government.

13 November 2013
KFCC revives film city plan

The long cherished dream of the Kannada film industry to have its own film city is back in circulation again with newly elected president of Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce (KFCC) H.D. Gangaraju taking initiative, to reclaim the land allocated for the purpose decades ago.

11 November 2013
Smart City in Vienna: Model Project Aspern

In conjunction with partners, Siemens is launching a large smart city project in Vienna, Austria. A living laboratory will be created in the next five years in the waterside district of Aspern, one of the largest urban development projects in Europe. Here power supply, building systems, intelligent power grids, and information and communication technologies will interact optimally.

11 November 2013
Site visit: Siemens Building, Masdar City

Siemens’ new headquarters at Masdar City is the first major building to be conceived, designed and built since the bursting of the property bubble. Michael Fahy pays a visit

21 October 2013
The housing crisis doesn’t just need new homes, it needs new towns

Political reputations are built in bricks and mortar. The post-war consensus decreed that Britons could and should hope to own their homes, and no prime minister, Conservative or Labour, wished to crush that aspiration.

14 October 2013
Housing crisis: We need new towns

The solution to the housing crisis is to make housing supply more responsive, or in economic terms, elastic. This means making it so that an increase in demand leads to more houses being constructed rather than higher prices.

8 October 2013
Construction work begins near Aberdeen on Scotland’s largest new town

Work has begun on what is being billed as Scotland’s largest new town. The Chapelton development will see 8000 new homes built five miles south of Aberdeen, with the first expected to be available in spring 2014.

8 October 2013
Build a new capital for Coastal Andhra

Having created Telangana, the Centre can do a whole lot more than look on as coastal Andhra goes into convulsions of angst and anger.

8 October 2013
Protest at ’new town’ plans for South Warwickshire

A PROTEST group attempting to block the development of a ’new town’ in South Warwickshire has urged neighbouring villagers to "wake up" if they are to avoid a traffic nightmare.

19 August 2013
Why Africa Should Be Wary of Its ‘New Cities’

Africa is bracing itself for the arrival of the New Cities. That’s the term being used by urban scholars to describe the continent’s next urban phenomenon: Comprehensively planned, independent, relatively self-contained communities, usually built from scratch, and large enough to provide within their borders housing, public facilities, socio-cultural opportunities and employment for their residents.

12 August 2013
Revised new town plan for New Territories unveiled

Government insists new plan took demands of residents into consideration but still has to fend off claims of collusion with developers.

12 August 2013
Jobs the worry in revised plans for new towns in northeast Hong Kong

Peter Pun says the government’s revised plans for new town development in the northeastern New Territories have largely heeded public concerns, but local job creation remains a worry.

12 August 2013
Britain’s new towns Paradise lost

Britain’s new towns illustrate the value of cheap land and good infrastructure.

4 July 2013
New N$400-million township

The Grootfontein Municipality has approved plans for the establishment of a new N$400 million residential suburb.

4 July 2013
Permanent solution: New towns for informal settlers

The recent flooding in parts of Metro Manila brought to the fore once more the problem of informal settlers living along esteros on river banks and under bridges.

17 June 2013
Town planners should be "more creative": former HDB chief

Former HDB chief Dr Liu Thai Ker said planners should be more creative in planning new towns. Dr Liu was speaking in Bilbao, Spain, at the World Cities Summit.

10 June 2013
Plans for new Sussex town meet with opposition

Up to 10,000 new homes could be built in Sussex countryside 10 miles north of Brighton.

10 June 2013
Revolutionary ’New Town’ in Wallonia?

The leader of the Francophone Christian democrats Benoît Lutgen is backing plans for the creation of a New Town in Wallonia. The population of Wallonia is set to rise by 400,000 in the next decade and a half. The construction of a completely new town could address some of the challenges this will throw up.

10 June 2013
Experts back new cities instead of merging villages

PUNE: Planning new cities instead of funding the renewal of existing ones is a growing idea among urban planners and other experts, including those in Pune.

29 May 2013
Wheelock Street Capital starts $1B residential project in Denton County

Wheelock Street Capital has begun construction on Canyon Falls, a $1 billion, 1,200-acre master-planned community in Denton County.

29 May 2013
Eastmark master planned development opens in Mesa this week

The first residential phase of the long-awaited 3,200-acre Eastmark master planned community in Mesa will open to the public June 1.

29 May 2013
New town planned for Sussex

A developer is proposing to build a new town of 10,000 homes in Sussex. Mayfields Market Towns Ltd wants to create the town less than ten miles from the outskirts of Brighton and Hove.

27 May 2013
The too-smart city

Parking in Boston can be a grueling experience, but Christos Cassandras envisions a way to make it almost effortless: Have the city itself sense when spaces are opening up, and guide drivers to the most efficient spot. The engineering professor at Boston University and his students have already piloted a “smart parking” system in a garage at the school, which uses a smartphone app and software that finds the optimal spot for each driver and tells drivers exactly where to go. “Everybody wins,” he says. “Less time wasted, less fuel consumed, less pollution.”

27 May 2013
Ouagadougou’s Innercity Savanna

In 2003 bulldozers started to clear 85 hectare of popular neighbourhoods located between Ouagadougou’s city center and its airport. There were plans to immediately start with the construction of Projet ZACA (“Zones d’Activités Commerciales et Administratives”), but today, 10 years later, the area remains largely undeveloped.