Design nonprofit Project H has completed the construction of their first Learning Landscape, a playground that teaches elementary math concepts using ten interactive games. Built from reclaimed tires in a simple sandbox structure, the pilot installation was built at the Kutamba AIDS Orphans School in southern Uganda by Project H design fellows Dan Grossman and Heleen de Goey. The grid system facilitates games that teach addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division, along with spatial and logical reasoning. The Kutamba installation is the first of many – Project H hopes to build at least 5 more in Africa and in the US.
SOURCE: Inhabitat » Project H builds their first Learning Landscape in Uganda
reportonbusiness.com: When to cut a deal, when to run
“When times were good, Scott Wentworth’s clients thought little of spending $150,000 to spruce up their properties with outdoor kitchens, hot tubs and babbling pools.
Mr. Wentworth, a landscape architect and owner of Scott Wentworth Landscape Group in Kingston, specializes in large residential projects …….instead of pitching pricey projects that would see his customers have their dream yards by the end of the summer, he’s showing them how to spread the cost over several seasons.”
[SOURCE: reportonbusiness.com: When to cut a deal, when to run]
A fire started on Tuesday evening (Beijing Time) in the TVCC building of the OMA designed CCTV Complex in Beijing, China.
The TVCC building, adjacent to the iconic CCTV building that opened late last year.
OMA stated on their website “The Office for Metropolitan Architecture has learned that there has been a serious fire at the Television Cultural Centre (TVCC), the building adjacent to the headquarters of China Central Television (CCTV).
The TVCC building was due to open in mid-May and contained a hotel, a theatre and several studios.
As we learn more about this tragedy, we will advise the public further.”
Mandarin Oriental Hotel that was due to open on mid-2009 stated on their website “We
can confirm that the fire at the construction site of Mandarin
Oriental, Beijing, which was scheduled to open in the second half of
2009, has been extinguished. CCTV, the developers of the hotel, has
placed the following statement on their website:
“Beijing Fire Control Bureau says CCTV staff responsible for the
construction of the new TV complex, hired staff to ignite large festive
firecrackers outside the building, and caused the fire. The move did
not receive approval from related authorities. The fire has caused
severe damage. CCTV sincerely apologizes for the damage that the fire
caused, and the inconvenience it has brought to the public.”
All 64 Mandarin Oriental employees, who are located at an offsite
pre-opening office, are safe. It has been confirmed that a fireman has
lost his life and our sympathy is with his family.
We would like to express our appreciation to everyone who has conveyed
their concern about this sad incident.
It is too early at the present stage to assess the full extent of the
damage. We understand that a full investigation is underway and will
take time to complete.
Mandarin Oriental has signed a long term contract to manage the hotel
and has no ownership interest in the building.
Further updates will be issued as appropriate.”
SOURCES: OMA and Mandarin Oriental Hotel
“U.S. playgrounds with their slick stretches of asphalt, colorful, convoluted slides and free-form sculptures for climbing, are among the world’s safest, cleanest and most indestructible. But are they what children want?”
read the full article @ the SOURCE: Junkyard Playgrounds – TIME
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Juliette Waide in the Telegraph writes
“Hang on to your hollyhocks – someone’s having a go at our gardens. An American academic, if you please, is saying that we are making too much of them; that the energy we put into our own patches is sapping our attention, “holding Britain back” from concentrating on its public spaces.
True, Martha Schwartz, a landscape architect and Harvard professor, is right when she says that all too many public parks are litter-strewn wastelands, about as horticulturally interesting as boxes of paperclips. But for this, blame years of council-budget capping, not the lupins and lilacs we grow at home.”
[SOURCE: Britain’s gardens: A private passion and a public disgrace – Telegraph]
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The Denver Post reports
Water conservation and efficiency programs at the city, state and federal level should be tied to economic recovery and stimulus programs that:
• Incentivize the private sector to create green Colorado jobs. Landscaping, landscape architecture, and the nursery industry represent a $1.8 billion economy in Colorado — using government incentives to point that industry in a more sustainable low-water direction would stimulate the economy and put Coloradans back to work.
[SOURCE: A New Water Economy – The Denver Post]