San Franciso Chronicle has published a practical artile on permeable pavement – sort of a Sustainable Landscape Design 101
Does your driveway look like a patchwork quilt, with raised and sunken surfaces; chipped, off-color mortar stuffed into jagged cracks; and a generation’s worth of oil, paint and mold stains? Has the time come to replace it? Or, if your driveway is fine, is this the year to install the new patio you’ve been dreaming of, or some garden walkways?
Whether you’re replacing your existing driveway, patio and walks or installing new ones, you have an opportunity to turn them into water management and conservation features by building them so water can drain through them – in landscaping terms, making them “permeable hardscape.”
SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle (SFgate.com) – Permeable hardscapes let the water soak in.
Great cities have great urban parks. Central Park in New York, Millennium Park in Chicago, Washington’s Mall. They are magnets for the key ingredients that make a successful city center: housing and hotels, shops and cafes, museums and concert halls, public festivals and recreation from active sports to leisurely strolling. They provide breathing room amid the civic bustle; they open up the densest cityscapes; they signify the heart of the heart of their hometowns.
Unfortunately, Los Angeles — a great city by most definitions — has no important downtown park. Griffith Park meets many needs, but it’s not in the center of the city. The Cornfield, north of Chinatown, is also removed from the action (and mostly not off the drawing board). The public space that links downtown’s civic center buildings may get a polish as part of the Grand Avenue project, but it’s tucked away, hemmed in by government buildings. None of these alone is the great, open-air city gathering place that L.A. needs.
SOURCE: Los Angeles Times – Where’s our Central Park?
Another major “green roof” project is set to move forward atop a high-profile building in downtown Minneapolis.
City officials are putting together construction documents for a green roof over Target Center, even as the city – with help from a project team led by RSP Architects – continues the job of planting 40 varieties of mostly native plants on a portion of Minneapolis City Hall.
The Target Center project was first reported by Finance and Commerce in March 2007.
By putting vegetation on top of the 18-year-old city-owned arena, the city hopes to protect the membrane and extend the roof’s life. Green roofs typically last 40 to 50 years, compared to 20 to 25 years for a conventional roof, Guild said.
Read more @ the Source: Finance and Commerce – Target Center roof going green
Los Angeles Business Council (LABC) honored the region’s finest architecture design projects, including the new Los Angeles Green Building Award, at the 38th Annual Los Angeles Architectural Awards. The Awards Program, which recognizes entire project teams (architects, developers and contractors), spotlighted the abundance of world-class architecture and sustainable development being built in Los Angeles today.
LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE AWARD
Project: Santa Monica Airport Park
Architect: ah’be landscape architects
Contractor: L.A. Engineering
Owner: City of Santa Monica
Project: South Park Streetscape
Architect: ah’be landscape architects
Contractor: Kato Landscape
Developer: The South Group Partnership
Owner: City of Los Angeles
For the full list of winners go to the SOURCE: StreetInsider.com – World-Class Design and Sustainable Development Take the Spotlight at 38th Los Angeles Architectural Awards.
The first landscape mini-park has opened in the Russian city of Sochi. On the territory of the park visitors can get acquainted with various forms of the urban environment organization, including an unusual fountain made from solitary and gardens of cactuses of different shapes.
Besides, on the territory of the park there is an exposition of Japanese landscapes with small gardens and small Asian architecture.
According to the city administration, the park creators will gratuitously consult the visitors on beautification of the house land plots and organization of the landscape design elements.
SOURCE: russia-ic.com – First Landscape Park Opens in Sochi :: Russia-InfoCentre.
Green Sky Thinking debate – deadline for submissions
Do you have a vision of the sustainable city of the future? Or simply some innovative sustainable design solutions you would like to share with an inquisitive high-profile audience of 100 key decision-makers in regeneration, sustainability and urban design?
If so, join the Green Sky Thinking Debate on 16 July 2008. Part of the 2008 London Festival of Architecture, the Green Sky Thinking Debate will take place at Allen & Overy, 10th floor, One Bishops Square, London E1.
This is a great opportunity for young landscape architects, architects, urban planners, landscape designers, engineers and multi-disciplinary design teams to showcase their work whilst demonstrating their commitment to green design.
To submit a brief email a 100 word description of your idea together with 5 lo-res images (no larger than 5mb each)to
email@example.com by 19 June 2008.
SOURCE: Landscape Institute – Green Sky Thinking debate – deadline for submissions.
The green build wave is rising, and right now general contractors have the opportunity to ride its crest. It is fast becoming expected that professionals in the building trades are ready, willing and able to work green — and that means understanding the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED standards (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design).
Contractor’s LEEDing Role
In the chain of events that leads up to LEED certification, general contractors have a special “watchdog” role. It is the general contractor’s responsibility to keep accurate records on all materials used that are required to meet LEED standards. Consequently, it is imperative that not only the general contractor but also sub-contractors understand LEED certification, its requirements and its growing importance in winning bids.
Once the SSI guidelines are published in spring 2009, general contractors, landscape architects, developers, builders, and maintenance crews who are prepared to take advantage of them stand to see interest in obtaining their services rising.
Read more @ the SOURCE: Texas Contractor – Going Green From The Ground Up – 6/16/2008 Author of the SOURCE article is Jo Ann Jarreau call (713) 682–5299