“Abu Dhabi 2030”

Comprehensive Planning, Environment, Housing, Planning, Sustainable Development, Transportation, Urban and Regional Design

Currently the city of Abu Dhabi has a population of 1 million. By the time of 2030, the figure will rise to 3 million. What will the urban planning department deal with such a large population, and guide the city towards sustainability? This short video will tell you.

Singapore – Best Place to Live for Asian Expatriates 2012

Environment, Planning

According to ECA International, 2012 global ranking for the best livable location is Singapore, which has “good air quality, excellent infrastructure and healthcare facilities, low crime and health risks.”

“Updated annually, ECA International’s Location Ratings system helps companies to establish appropriate expatriate allowances to compensate for the level of adjustment required to complete an assignment. It objectively evaluates a host of factors to form an assessment of the overall quality of living in over 400 locations worldwide. These factors include climate, availability of health services, housing and utilities, isolation, access to a social network and leisure facilities, infrastructure, personal safety, political tensions and air quality. ”

Top 20 most liveable locations globally for Asians

Global Rank 2012 Location Global Rank 2011
1 Singapore 1
2 Sydney 2
3 Adelaide 4
3 Brisbane 3
5 Kobe 4
6 Perth 6
7 Canberra 9
8 Dublin 12
8 Melbourne 10
8 Copenhagen 10
11 Bern 17
11 Hong Kong 14
11 Vancouver 14
11 Auckland 12
15 Antwerp 17
15 Wellington 14
17 San Francisco 20
17 Tokyo 6
17 Yokohama 6
20 Amsterdam 22

Sustainability Initiatives

Economic Development, Environment, Planning

The table below shows three dimensions of initiatives which you might be interested in adopting to or examining the sustainable development.

Environmental Protection Initiatives Economic Growth Initiatives Social Equity Initiatives
Environmentally Sensitive Area Protection Brownfield Reclamation Affordable Housing Provisions
Water Quality Protection Programs Comprehensive Planning Day Care Services for Service Sector and Low Income Employees
Energy Conservation Effort Infill Development Mass Transits Access with Local Income Subsidies
Environmental Site Design Regulations Sustainable Indicators Project Neighborhood Planning
Green Building Program Urban Growth Boundary/Urban Service Boundary Sustainable Food Systems or Food Security
Open Space Preservation Programs Tax Incentives for Environmentally Friendly Development Living Wage Ordinance
Transportation Demand Management Agricultural Protection Zoning Youth Opportunity and Anti-gang Programs
Environmental Education Programs Eco-Industrial Park Development Jobs-Housing Balance
Alternative Energy Offered to Consumers Local Business Incubator Programs Homeless Prevention and Intervention Programs
Ecological Footprint Analysis Empowerment/Enterprise Zones Women and Minority Owned Business CDCs and Investment Programs
Green Procurement Incentive Zoning/Inclusionary Zoning Housing Conservancy
Operation of Inner-city Public Transit PDR/TDR Local Head Start Programming
Renewable Energy Use by City Govt. Business Retention Programs Anti-Discrimination Programs
Curbside Recycling Program Cluster/Targeted Economic Development Anti-Gentrification Programs
Alternatively Fueled City Vehicle Program Main Street Program Community Asset Mapping
Car Pool, Van Pool Ride Share Programs New Urbanist Development Approaches Local Currency Programs
Household Hazardous Waste Collection and Recycling Community Development Financial Institutions
Solid Waste Life Cycle Management Community Land Trusts
Community Gardening
Integrated Pest Management
Life-cycle Public Construction

Source: Local Government Efforts to Promote the “Three Es” of Sustainable Development: Survey of Large Cities in the U.S.

Best Lightning Talk at GeoDesign Summit 2012

Environment, Planning, Urban and Regional Design

Two winners of Best Lightning Talk at the 2012 GeoDesign Summit are Abby Jones from Anthro/Ecological Design Collective and Ryan Perkl, assistant professor of the School of Landscape Architecture and Planning at the University of Arizona.

The following links lead to their presentation:

Abby Jones: Red Fields to Green Fields—Los Angeles

Ryan Perkl: Geodesigning Landscape Linkages: Coupling GIS and Corridor Design in Conservation Planning

Source: Esri: http://www.esri.com/news/arcwatch/0212/geodesign-summit-lightning-talk-winners-announced.html