Rotterdam Centraal Station construction has started – West 8

Rotterdam Centraal Station
Construction works on the new public transportation terminal at Rotterdam Central Station have started. In 2012 the station will have a spacious, comfortable and well accessible new terminal that can cope with the increased passenger flow. It is expected that over the next 15 years the average number of passengers will rise from 110.000 to 330.000.

SOURCE: West 8

IMAGE SOURCE: West 8

Ball State Day at the Indiana State Fair

This year, the Ball State Backyard will have a new, fresh design. Located in the Ball State Ag/Hort Building and hosted by 16 student ambassadors, the Backyard will feature the Digital Dome and a garden railroad. A 50-inch plasma screen will show five video stories that visitors can view, in addition to plasma screens in columns running slideshows of pictures of campus.

The Backyard was designed by landscape architecture faculty and students, when it debuted at the fair in 2004. Landscape architecture professors Malcolm Cairns, German Cruz, Cynthia McHone and Les Smith designed this year’s presentation of the Backyard.

Les Smith instructs and oversees the interdisciplinary Summer Semester Design/Build class and student set-up team, providing guidance in the design, construction and layout of the structures that compose the Backyard exhibit.

“The Department of Landscape Architecture is committed to conceiving, developing and promoting the practice of sustainable design principles by providing distinctive professional learning experiences to its undergraduate and graduate students,” Smith said.

“The Ball State Backyard demonstrates a number of sustainable-design techniques, such as use of recycled materials, use of renewable materials, simulation of pervious paving surfaces and enrichment of the environment and habitat through dense vegetation.”

SOURCE: Ball State University

AILA releases 2009 Salary Survey Results

Are you working or looking at a landscape architecture position in Australia? You should look at the 2009 Salary Survey results released by Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) today. The results are not conclusive but give a good indication of what salary you could or should be earning.

SOURCE: Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA)

In the News – August 5

Energy conservation education project launched in Beijing [Xinhua]

BACA sole UK practice asked to join Netherlands design competition – The Architect’s Journal

Park Plan Approved: Bartlesville City Council OKs plan for South East Park – Examiner-Enterprise.com

Cedar Creek Trail feasibility study almost complete [Sherwood Gazette]

Taking gardening to new heights [Palo Alto Online]

Lighting up the night: The Gardens at SIUE open ‘The Lantern’ [The Telegragh.com]

Steve McShane appointed to City of Salinas Design Review Board [TheCalifornian.com]

Energy conservation education project launched in Beijing

British Government unveils high-speed rail plan


Yesterday, The Guardian reported that the British Government is planning to build a north-south high speed train route.

The government has made the demise of domestic air travel an explicit policy target for the first time by aiming to replace short-haul flights with a new 250mph high-speed rail network.

The transport secretary, Lord Adonis, said switching 46 million domestic air passengers a year to a multibillion-pound north-south rail line was “manifestly in the public interest”. Marking a government shift against aviation, Adonis added that rail journeys should be preferred to plane trips. SOURCE: The Guardian – British Government unveils high-speed rail plan to ground short flights

Today, The Guardian reported that a budget airline predictably came out and called the idea ‘insane’ and rail as a high cost and inefficient.

The airline industry has dismissed a government pledge to replace domestic and short-haul aviation with high-speed rail with one leading carrier describing the move as an “insane” policy.

SOURCE: The Guardian – Airlines dismiss high-speed rail plan to replace short flights

On the same day as the airlines are calling this idea ‘insane’ the Environmental Audit Committee  published a report warning that the Government is not on track to meet targets for cutting its own emissions and could have to pay money to large private sector firms – who may have done more to reduce their emissions – in a new carbon trading scheme due to begin in April 2010.
SOURCE: Parliament.co.uk

Tomorrow(Aug 6), The Guardian will publish the 3rd Part of the series on Transport Policy

IMAGE SOURCE: Creative Commons attrib – Dave Bushell http://www.canbush.com/ppbfrontpage.htm

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