England to recover 2000 hectares of wetland

September 3, 2009,AEDT

Natural England(independent public body) has committed £4million of funding to recover close to 2000 hectares of wetland. The funds will be distributed to organisatons such as the Wildlife Trusts and RSPB who will work with the Environment Agency and English Heritage to manage re-wetting the land. Dr Helen Phillips, Chief | Read More

Madrid’s Shell Bridge gets its concrete dome – West 8

September 1, 2009,AEDT

Construction is moving along at the first Shell Bridge, West 8+ MRIO designed for the City of Madrid. 100 m3 of concrete was poured inbetween the two layers of the wooden mold, moving another step closer to the desired end result: a concrete dome. SOURCE: WEST 8 IMAGE CREDIT: WEST | Read More

Scientists investigate urban climate in the Netherlands

September 1, 2009,AEDT

Reseachers at Wageningen University and Research Centre (WUR) have been riding around Rotterdam and Arnhem in the Netherlands on two trikes mapping and measuring the urban climate during four time intervals on a 24 hour day. The measuring was to study the Urban Heat Island (UHI) effect that often causes | Read More

High Speed Rail gathering speed – Op-ed

August 26, 2009,AEDT

News in the USA and UK over the last few days has been humming about High Speed Rail initiatives in both countries. In the USA news is reaching fever pitch over High Speed Rail as the details of submissions for the US Government’s $8 billion high speed rail initiative start | Read More

NASA launches ‘Sustainability Base’

August 26, 2009,AEDT

Yesterday, NASA’s Ames Research Center held a ground breaking ceremony for its new ‘Sustainability Base’ – a high performance Platinum LEED Rated building in Moffett Field California. The building will feature near zero net energy consumption, use 90 percent less potable water than conventionally built buildings of equivalent size and | Read More

What is Crossrail?

August 20, 2009,AEDT

You may have noticed coverage of Crossrail at World Landscape Architect and other sites. So I thought it best to summarise what Crossrail is and who is involved. Crossrail is the new high frequency, convenient and accessible railway for London and the South East. From 2017 Crossrail will travel from | Read More

Mott MacDonald win contract to develop Crossrail

August 20, 2009,AEDT

Mott MacDonald, the global management, engineering and development consultancy has recently been awarded several new design contracts worth a total of around £10 million to help develop Crossrail, one of the biggest and most complex rail projects in the world. David Gutteridge, Mott MacDonald’s director for Crossrail commented: “We’re delighted | Read More

New Bridge Design competition for Calgary

August 18, 2009,AEDT

The Calgary Municipal Land Corporation(CMLC) has announced a bridge design competition for St.Patrick’s Bridge. CMLC has been charged with the responsibility of implementing public infrastructure improvements that will be the catalyst for private and public sector development in the Rivers District with a focus on East Village. The design and | Read More

Urban Wind Turbines installed in Portland

August 14, 2009,AEDT

The first set of small-scale urban wind turbines in the U.S. are being installed in Portland atop the new Twelve|West tower this week. Today the Hoffman Construction should raise the final blades to the top of  Twelve|West a 22 storey office and residential building. Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects LLP, which | Read More

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