The Landscape Institute today welcomed the Mayor of London’s proposals for more green spaces in the capital as part of his climate change adaptation strategy and stressed the importance of a green infrastructure approach to planning.
Read more @ the SOURCE: Landscape Institute welcomes Mayor’s plans for ‘greener’ London.
Gulf Landscaping organisers UK’s CMPi have announced their support for the 2030 initiative – Estidama – devised to make Abu Dhabi the sustainability capital of the Middle East.
“We support the initiative as it is an integrated program to devise guidelines and regulations for sustainable (green) design, operation and maintenance of all types of buildings and communities within the emirate of Abu Dhabi and will be a forerunner that ensures the balanced growth of residential and commercial buildings integrating ample greenery and landscaping,” said CMPi Group Director, Chris Fountain.
Mr. Fountain noted that Estidama New Building (ENB) design guidelines have been written to provide all concerned parties and stakeholders with outline information for an integrated approach to sustainable building design.
“This holistic approach to sustainable design opens up several new avenues for the landscaping business as Abu Dhabi leads the way by setting guidelines to integrate local and built environment in the regional context,” Mr. Fountain remarked.
Estidama, will subsequently be introduced in all seven emirates in the country and will serve as a prototype for other countries in the region.
Estidama, a sustainable development project still in the trial phase, is currently formulating construction guidelines for all new development projects in the capital, and is expected to save energy and water consumption by up to 30 per cent. It will also be consulting with government agencies, utility providers and developers and planning consultants to draft sustainability guidelines for public facilities such as sidewalks and parks.
Gulf Landscaping is scheduled to take place at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre from 17th to 18th November 2008.
SOURCE: Gulf Landscaping – Press Release
After 33 years, Chennai has got its second master plan, and much hope is placed on it to positively shape the metroplis. However, even before the plan could be implemented through a Government Order, an important railway link has been dropped and land uses are changed. The recent fire accident in T. Nagar is a reminder about the poor implementation of plan and rules. Will the new plan deliver what it promises and is the CMDA equipped to implement it?
read more @ the SOURCE: The Hindu : Second master plan – what’s next? city pulse.
CONSTRUCTION of the world’s second seven star hotel will begin in Sanya, Hainan Province this year with a budget of up to 2 billion yuan (US$292 million).
The 120-meter-high hotel is expected to open to the public in 2011. It will be managed by Fairmont Hotels & Resorts Inc, which manages 120 hotels in 23 countries and regions around the world, Beijing Times reported today.
SOURCE: Star studded hotel plans — Shanghai Daily
Pursuing a longtime quest to foster academic collaboration in the education of architects and landscape architects, a Penn State alumnus has committed $20 million to encourage even more cross-disciplinary learning opportunities for students in the two programs.
SOURCE: Penn State Live – Stuckeman gives $20 million to architecture and landscape architecture.
The annual number of students applying to study architecture has jumped by almost 10,000 in the past four years, making architecture degrees more popular than ever.
Read more @ the SOURCE: Architecture degrees leap in popularity – Building Design.