### guardian.co.uk Wed 5 May 2010
‘This town has been sold to Tesco’
By Anna Minton
Are towns built by the UK’s leading supermarket the future of urban development?
Imagine living in a Tesco house, sending your child to a Tesco school, swimming in a Tesco pool and, of course, shopping at the local Tesco superstore. According to the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (Cabe), the government’s adviser on architecture and design, this collective monopoly is not an imaginary dystopia. “Tesco Towns” on this model are already being planned across the UK, from Inverness in Scotland to Seaton in Devon.
While the economic downturn has hit many parts of the development industry hard, Tesco recorded profits of nearly £3.4bn last year. Its plans for expansion are reflected by a growing tide of what are described as “supermarket-led mixed-use development proposals” – entire districts of homes, schools and public places built by the company.
• Anna Minton is the author of Ground Control: Fear and Happiness in the Twenty-first-century City (Penguin, June 2009).
### 2 May 2010
Downtown Oklahoma City’s plan revisited
By Steve Lackmeyer
Almost a half century has passed since architect I.M. Pei arrived in Oklahoma City with plans to remake its downtown. And downtown has been a consistent construction zone ever since.
Pei’s plan, which included the demolition of more than 500 buildings, was despised by the city’s locals and outdated in the end, and met its demise in the late 1980s.
A major exhibit of the plan, including a model created by Pei and his firm, is being put on display at the Cox Convention Center starting Monday.
Made of wood and plastic, each inch of the 10-foot-by-12-foot model equals 50 feet of land. Without the advancements of modern technology, this model likely took a sizeable team six months or more to construct by hand. Though the model cost $60,000 to create in 1964, Norman-based architectural model builder Wiley White estimates the display would cost hundreds of thousands of dollars today.
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17 May 2010 – D Day for public airing of the Tertiary Campus Development Plan (a rose by by another name…) in the University of Otago ISB Link, off Cumberland St.
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