Asia Eco Green Building Congress 2009 starts (17 March)

Today the Asia Eco Green Building Congress started with workshops in Shanghai by Woods Bagot and EMSI.

Tomorrow formal opening and presentations will be made by speakers from ARUP, Cundall, EDAW, Woodhead, Woods Bagot, Meinhardt and Shanghai Expo organisers. The congress will go until 19 March

for more details goto the Congress Website

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10 great eco-jobs – Mother Nature Network

Mother Nature Network reports

“Kate Bakewell, Landscape Architect, New York City
Kate Bakewell, who began her career as a film animator, got burnt out on transience in her late 20s. “I wanted to create something more lasting than a 30-second commercial,” she says. So she earned a master’s in landscape architecture at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design and worked for several landscape architects before landing at the international firm Hart/Howerton.”

read more about Kate @ the [SOURCE: 10 great eco-jobs – MNN – Mother Nature Network]

Brazil Promotes Sustainability with São Paulo Eco-Park – Inhabitat

Inhabitat reports

“Anna Dietzsch, Managing Director of Davis Brody Bond Aedas‘ São Paulo office and Levisky Arquitetos Associados designed a beautiful eco-park on what was once a contaminated brownfield in São Paulo, Brazil.”

Read & see more @ the [SOURCE: Inhabitat » Brazil Promotes Sustainability with São Paulo Eco-Park]

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Civic Park’s design has an identity crisis – Los Angeles Times

CHRISTOPHER HAWTHORNE at Los Angeles Times in his critic states

“Mark Rios’ plan to link the Music Center and City Hall with greenery is far-reaching yet uncompelling.”

Read more @ the SOURCE: Los Angeles Times – Civic Park’s design has an identity crisis

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Pruning and planting at Leidsche Rijn Park – West 8

West 8 reports

“To preserve the wonderful ancient alder thickets at the Leidsche Rijn Park, cutting back the trees is a heavy, but grateful chore. Together with the 100.000 new trees that are being planted at the moment, the existing planting will transform the newest part of Leidsche Rijn Park, the so called Binnenhof-West, into a beautiful green landscape. Besides planting the new trees, construction works also include re-excavating the Vikingrijn (a meander of the River Rhine) and constructing new tracks and bridges.”

SOURCE: West 8 Urban Design & Landscape Architecture / news / Pruning and planting at Leidsche Rijn Park

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‘Recovery within eight to 12 months’ (Memon Investments) – Emirates Business 24/7

Emirates Business 24/7 reports

“Memon Investments, a Dubai-based property developer and part of the Memon Group of Companies, has projected that the UAE real estate market will bounce back within the next eight to 12 months.

The developer has based its optimistic forecast on recent industry findings, which reflect a decline in the construction cost per square foot by an average of 30 per cent since the onset of the global economic crisis.”

[SOURCE: Emirates Business 24/7 – ‘Recovery within eight to 12 months’]

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U. of Pennsylvania Will Spend $40-Million on a New ‘Penn Park’ – – Buildings & Grounds: reports

“The University of Pennsylvania plans to spend some $40-million creating a park full of playing fields on 24 acres of land between the Schuylkill River and what is now the east end of the campus. The land, to be known as Penn Park, includes a large parcel that the university bought recently from the U.S. Postal Service, which used 14 acres of it for parking for what used to be Philadelphia’s main mail-sorting facility.

The park, which is expected to be finished in two years, was designed by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates. The site will include a system for capturing rainwater and using it for irrigation.”

[SOURCE: Buildings & Grounds: U. of Pennsylvania Will Spend $40-Million on a New ‘Penn Park’ –]

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