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The European Union is asking Spain why one of its precious wetland reserves has been allowed to dry up so much that the peat which lies beneath the surface is on fire.
Ecologists blame the mismanagement of water resources and over-irrigation for the environmental tragedy in the Tablas de Daimiel National Park, which is part of a UNESCO biosphere and has EU protection.
Read more at the [SOURCE: Aljazeera.net – Burning issue of Spain’s wetlands]
Related article Spanish wetland facing destruction – [guardian.co.uk]
The Times of India reports
According to Varma, “Urbanization is an inevitable process, according to recent research 90 per cent of urban growth is taking place in the developing world. But the present urban planning is not in consolidation of the rapid urban growth taking place.”
Keshav Varma is now heading the global urban program of World Bank Institute (WBI).
Read more at the [SOURCE: The Times of India – Urbanization is inevitable process: Varma]
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Five outstanding developments have been selected as winners of the 2009 Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) Global Awards for Excellence competition, widely recognized as the land use industry’s most prestigious recognition program. The winners are: the American University in Cairo – New Campus, Cairo, Egypt; California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco; The Rise, Vancouver, British Columbia; West Chelsea/High Line Rezoning Plan, New York City; and Zhongshan Shipyard Park, Zhongshan, China.
SOURCE: The Urban Land Institute
Michael Spencer, ASLA, is a landscape architect with 25 years experience who recently wrote an article in the Naples Daily News giving an outline of the profession and its wide scope. He also gives some advice on how to become an Landscape Architect and also licensing. Michael concludes with why someone should hire an LA?
Michael writes in one paragraph
As I listen to this fine music, there’s something on my mind for some time, so let’s take a small side trip. The topic? Just exactly what is a landscape architect (LA), anyway? What are the qualifications? What is the educational background?
To read more of the article go to the [SOURCE: Naples Daily News – Make it Green: What’s behind that MLA that gives a landscape architect expertise?]
It’s good to see a Landscape Architect in a newspaper highlighting the role of the profession. Maybe if your currently unemployed or underemployed it might be good idea to contact your local or city newspaper and offer to write an article about the profession.
Westborough Park in the center of South San Francisco is about to get a $2 million facelift and playground equipment. The funding will come from development fees set aside for the project.
San Francisco Examiner reports
The city is currently outreaching to architecture firms for proposals to do the park improvement work. They’ll accept proposals until the end of November, City engineer Ray Razavi said.
A landscape architect should be hired by early 2010, he said………..South San Francisco officials hope to have the upgrades completed by the spring of 2011.
[SOURCE: San Francisco Examiner – South City park to receive $2 million improvements]