Larry Rohter of the New York Times writes
“Brazil teems with jungles, forests and all sorts of exotic plants, flowers and trees. But until the Brazilian landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx came along to tame and shape his country’s exuberant flora, his countrymen had mostly disdained the natural riches that, often literally, flourished in their own backyards”
read this great article @ the [SOURCE: NYTimes.com – A New Look at the Landscaping Artist Roberto Burle Marx]
SouthCoastToday.com reports “From more than a dozen designs submitted for the proposed fishermen’s memorial at Fort Taber, the Fishermen’s Tribute Fund committee has narrowed the list to five finalists.
The remaining artists have a deadline of Feb. 17 to complete a maquette, or miniature, from which the winner will be selected.”
[SOURCE: SouthCoastToday.com: 5 designs vie for New Bedford fishermen's memorial]
Ariel Rubinsky of HAARETZ.com reports on the state of urban transport in Israel.
“Not everyone can leap out of bed at 5 A.M. to take a bicycle ride or have an early morning run. The same is true of the gym. On the face of it, urban residents have a readily available alternative: To increase their physical activity in their daily schedules, by, for example, doing errands on foot or walking, biking or rollerblading to work. It’s healthy, environmentally friendly, and circumvents the traffic jams. The problem lies in the current state of urban infrastructure. Cyclists and rollerbladers are constantly endangering their lives, being forced to maneuver between cars. As for pedestrians, they have to share the sidewalk with garbage bins and parked cars, inhaling exhaust fumes all the while.”
[SOURCE: Haaretz - Israel News – Reinventing urban wheels]
Construction Week Online reports “The parks will be located in residential areas and will create more than 60,000 square metres of public space, the municipality said.”
Construction of the parks is set to start in September 2009
[SOURCE: Design News from Construction Week Online – ‘Abu Dhabi approves public park plans’ ]