The State Government of Penang has organised an international ideas competition for suggestions on building a resilient “City-State” across the island’s different neighbouring districts. The aim is to build on the area’s historic and natural advantages to develop a new type of city, combining culture, nature, economy and new technologies, with an emphasis on innovation. There are also plans for a creative and technology precinct in George Town, while Butterworth is set to get an innovation centre based around the port installations and Penang Sentral multimodal terminal.
➜ World Architecture ; International Ideas Competition
Designed by Danish firm Tredje Natur, the master plan concerns a 40 hectare site that was previously occupied by a logistics port and ferry terminal. The main priority is to create a “zero emissions” district using renewable construction materials, climate adaptation strategies, and with a focus on a community-based sharing economy.
➜ ArchDaily (+ images, plans) ; Inhabitat
The Beninese capital, Cotonou, lies below sea level. As a result, it experiences regular flooding and is on the front line of the risks posed by climate change. The city is also Benin’s main economic hub, and is aiming to meet these climate challenges head on. The “green lung” project includes plans to create more than 83 hectares of new green spaces, helping to filter polluting gases and increase the capacity of the land to absorb water during floods. In addition, the “green lung” would also provide local residents with a new area for leisure and eco-tourism.
➜ ICLEI Africa (+ video)
A new valley is being created along a stretch of almost 1.5 km between the naturalized Don River mouth and the inland port. The project is part of a wider reclamation strategy for the site on the Toronto waterfront, which covers several hundred hectares and was once heavily polluted. The strategy will also allow measures to be taken to counter flood risks, and offer new living and leisure areas for residents. A number of meetings have been held, to inform and consult the local population. Waterfront Toronto sees this resilience strategy as its central role, as emphasised by its President and CEO in the organisation’s most recent Integrated Annual Report.
➜ The Star ; The weather network ; 2019-20 Integrated Annual Report
The marina was seriously damaged by flooding in 2017 and 2019. The city of Montreal has opted to close it this autumn and transform it into a huge urban park. This environmental restoration project is part of the city’s energy transition and climate change strategy. Participatory workshops will be arranged with local residents in 2021, and the development work will then be carried out over a five-year period.
Plans to invest €233 have been announced for seven projects in various districts of the city. The aim is to make the city not just greener, but also more resilient to major outbreaks like the Covid-19 pandemic. Districts covered by the plan include the former port sectors of Rijnhaven and Masshaven.
➜ Dutch review