Wetlands remains a white elephant despite massive upgrade

TheStarOnline (malaysia) reports

MORE needs to be done to keep the Paya Indah Wetlands Sanctuary in Dengkil appealing and meet its objective of being a tourist attraction. The relaunches are not having the desired effect of drawing the crowd.

The park has opened and closed on three occasions since the Federal Government first launched it in October 2001. The RM160mil mega project meant for nature conservation has failed to attract visitors and is a forlorn sight.

SOURCE: [TheStarOnline] (Malaysia) – Wetlands remains a white elephant despite massive upgrade

In the News – 4 August

CALL FOR PAPERS: 48th International Making Cities Livable Conference – Charleston, SC October 17-21, 2010 [International Making Cities Livable] VIA [Building Design and Construction]

Don’t mess with the Master Plan [myneworleans.com]

Bernard Tschumi responds to Archinect Op-Ed: The Acropolis Museum; An Unhappy Fit [Archinect]

International architecture book fair kicks off in Pyongyang [XINHUA]

SD Gets Wetland Mitigation BankKSFY.com

Former mayor Powers gets last laugh on rooftop gardens – [downtoearthnw.com

Palo Alto to hire consultants to review high-speed rail plans [Palo Alto Daily News]

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Highline – is the honeymoon over?

Grumblings have started at the New York Post about the escalating maintenance costs ($500,000+ per acre) of the Highline. The newly opened stage 1 of the Highline project has become too successful with somewhere between 3-4 times as many visitors as expected and with more people comes more maintenance = higher costs. To cover the costs a new tax precinct has been approved by the City of New York where about 5000 property owners will pay a tax levy to assist with the maintenance costs of the Highline.
Many feel that the Highline has had a flow on effect for the surrounding properties bumping up the property values and patronage in surrounding businesses.

How will this effect the next stages of the project? Will there less planting and more paving? Will more commercial development occur on the structure to offset the cost of maintenance?

As landscape architects and designers we often have to weigh up the costs of maintenance, public vs private space, return on investment and aesthetics vs practicality. Lets hope the this issue does not effect the development or design of the next stages of Highline and that the masterplan design for the site is implemented without being watered-down or compromised.

Post by Damian Holmes in reply to the New York Post – SKY ‘HIGH’ COSTS TAX-SEEKING NEW PARK ALREADY NY’S PRICIEST VIA Curbed NY

Alabama playground to incorporate Tennessee River heritage | Montgomery Advertiser

Montgomery Advertiser reports

With help from Decatur’s Department of Parks and Recreation, the Friends of Delano Park are working to complete the third and final phase of the Playground and Garden for All Children project, the Tennessee River-themed River Wild garden.

“It’s going to be like walking through the Tennessee River valley,” said Anne Daigh, the landscape architect working on the project.

Read the full article at the SOURCE: Montgomery AdvertiserAlabama playground to incorporate Tennessee River heritage | montgomeryadvertiser.com |

In the News – 3 August

Turning roofs into gardens is a flourishing business [KansasCity.com]

African economies hit by global slowdown [TimesoftheInternet]

Drought taking a toll on I-10 trees [Houston Chronicle]

Ornamental Grasses for Fall Landscapes [Epoch Times]

Native shrubs worth planting [Chicago Tribune]

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