Valletta to lose 400 parking spots to Renzo Piano’s plans

Times of Malta reports

City Gate’s regeneration will see 400 parking spaces lost, the investments ministry said, and not 2,000 as claimed by the Chamber of Small and Medium Enterprises, GRTU.

The plans by world-renowned architect Renzo Piano will do away with the parking spaces in St James Ditch and Freedom Square, Valletta, an issue of concern for Valletta shop owners and office workers

SOURCE: Times of Malta – Valletta to lose 400 parking spots to Renzo Piano’s plans

In the News Weekend – 8-9 August

Greensboro City Council debates the value of trees – [news-record.com]

Westfield planning group plans public presentation – [Indystar.com]

New LA County Arboretum CEO appointed – [PasadenaStarNews.com]

The edge effect: urban life on broadway -[ Sacramento History Examiner]

Cleveland State’s green roof nearly complete – [Smart Brief]

Talks to revise city’s master plan are in the early stages – [Post Bulletin] (Rocehester)

Dubai hotels go green – [The National]

BMI/pace hired for Parry Sound streetscape works

BMI/pace have been selected to upgrade the streets of Parry Sound as apart of the 2010 G8 Summit in Huntsville, Ontario.

The streetscape works are budgeted for $700,000 from the total $50-million G8 Legacy Infrastructure Fund. Most of the $50 million will be spent on the Expansion of Huntsville Centennial Centre to create G8 Centre, Huntsville budgeted at $16.7 million. (figures from Industry Canada)

VIA parrysound.com

In the News – August 7

Gardens in the sky: A green paradise, on the roof [Buffalo News]

Commuters encouraged to swap to bikes on Cycle Fridays [Mayor of London]

Belgium has the greatest landscape architect you’ve never heard of. Jacques Wirtz [Fast Company]

Clinic to Focus on Green Gardening [University of Arkansas]

Cleanup of contaminated sites at fort raises concerns [Atlanticville]

City of Foshan, China Selects ESRI’s GIS Solution To Improve Urban Planning [directionsmag.com]

Residents get look at master plan for Long Beach Boulevard [PressTelegram.com]

West 8 to design public spaces for Pier 57, New York

LOT-EK, West 8, and Beyer Blinder Belle have been selected as the design team for Pier 57 at West 15th Street and the Hudson River as part of the development group lead by New York-based real estate developer YoungWoo & Associates (YWA). YWA was awarded the project by the Hudson River Park Trust on July 30, 2009.

The 375,000 square foot vacant, former passenger ship terminal will be transformed into a world-class cultural center, small business incubator, and public park, including a dramatic rooftop venue for the Tribeca Film Festival. The plan builds on the successes of the adjacent High Line park, West Chelsea arts district, Meatpacking entertainment and retail district, and Hudson River Park itself. It will create more than a third of a mile of new public waterfront access around the pier’s perimeter.

SOURCE: West 8

IMAGE SOURCE: West 8

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