At the moment, the roof above Dormitory A of the redeveloped Butler College complex is a “green” roof only in the most technical sense of the phrase.
The 14 varieties of hardy sedum planted on the Butler rooftop earlier this year have now exploded into a kaleidoscope of color. The contrasts in the palette of the many-hued rooftop garden are only expected to intensify as summer turns to fall.
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Vanessa Farquharson of the National Post(Canada) has written an article asking why can’t Toronto get new green space like New York. The article cites the Highline in New York as an amazing new green space in New York and looks at its history and although a the Highline is a new space the idea of raised green space was implemented at Promenade Plantée(4.5km raised garden in Paris).
Farquharson asks should the Gardiner be made green? rather than demolished. She then goes on to ask Matthew Blackett(editor of Spacing magazine) and Les Klein(Quadrangle Architects – WLA reported about his design for a green freeway)
…which parts of the city they would redesign as park space if budget wasn’t a concern
to read their suggestions go to the SOURCE: National Post(Canada) – New York’s getting new green space, so why can’t we?
Both London and Boston announced this week that they will be installing a share bicycle scheme using the Bixi system that is used and made in Montreal.
The London (UK) scheme will be run by Serco for a cost of 140 million pounds over 6 years. The system will incorporate 400 docking stations across a 44 square kilometre travel zone.
On the same day the city of Boston announced that they were in negotiations with Public Bike System Co. – the makers of the Bixi system to install 290 stations and 2,500 bikes across the city by next summer.
Currently the manufacturer is working on solutions to the current issue in Montreal reported by La Presse in July that one in five bicycles have been vandalised.
SOURCE (London bike system): Reuters – Serco to run London’s new bike hire scheme
SOURCE (Boston bike system): NYTimes – Boston Gears Up for Biggest Bike-Sharing Program
IMAGE SOURCE: Flickr – amesis
Metro International reports
PHILADELPHIA. Redevelopment of a 1-acre pier shooting into the Delaware River has been touted as a change for the better at the mostly-ignored waterfront …….
“There is a lot of physical problems why [development has] been difficult to achieve in the past not the least is the highway,” said James Corner of design firm Field Operations, which won the contract to redesign Pier 11……
Read the full article at the SOURCE: Metro – Pier 11 development is back on city’s radar