Urban agriculture exploding in Vancouver

As our cities grew and our housing settlements changed, we began to separate the places where we live from the places where food is grown. The average North American food item now travels 1,500 kilometres to reach the grocery store shelves.

The quest for a more sustainable way of living is taking aim at this separation of people and food with a commitment to urban agriculture. There are few places in North America where urban agriculture is exploding as fast as it is in the Vancouver area.

The urban agricultural movement promises a new vision where people are living in harmony with the lands and ecosystems around them. Urban agriculture invites food production back into our communities through innovative planning and design.

Source – Vancouver Sun – Urban agriculture exploding in Vancouver by Bob Ransford

Landscape Institute – Draft Position Statement on Climate Change

Following on from the success of our annual conference on the subject of climate change last November, the Landscape Institute’s Policy Committee and members of staff from the Secretariat have been working to develop our draft Position Statement on this theme. Please help us ensure that the final Position Statement best represents your views by taking a look through the draft document and completing the online survey. Both documents can be found here:

The aim of the document is to:

1. Demonstrate to stakeholders and Government the critical role of the landscape architecture profession in delivering climate change policy objectives;
2. Inspire clients to adopt a holistic, landscape architecture approach to development which also delivers resilience in the face of a changing climate and assists in reducing greenhouse gas emissions;
3. Provide guiding principles and case studies of the approaches taken by landscape architects to climate change adaptation and mitigation.

The closing date for receipt of comments is Monday 28th April 2008 at 5pm.

Download the Position Statement

XYZ Metro coming to Dubai? RTA to offer Naming Rights for Metro

Dubai’s place in marketing history looks set to be further enhanced with an innovative new project for its Metro, to be launched to business leaders soon. The Dubai Metro naming rights project gives companies and institutions the opportunity to put their name to 23 stations and two lines on the Metro, the first of which is set to open in September 2009 and the second in March 2010.

The Dubai Metro’s naming rights project is a world-first revenue model for public transport infrastructure and the first programme of its kind to help improve transport services with partnership funding raised through a naming rights initiative.

Source: RTA Portal – Home – News/Events.

ESCAP Chief calls for greater aid for developing countries

Bangkok (UN Information Services) – Noeleen Heyzer, UN
Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of the United Nations
Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), today
called on developed countries to help meet the technological and financial
needs of developing countries facing the challenge of climate change.

More…..

Source: UN Press Release

World Landscape Architecture Month – April 2008

April 1 will not only be another April Fool’s Day but also the start of Landscape Architecture Month with events being organised by Landscape Architecture organisations around the world.

Check with your local organisation about what is going on in your city or area.

 

Public Open Space becoming more of an issue in Hong Kong

The South China Morning Post had articles and editorial on Public Open Space provided by Developers.

The subtext to the controversy over the lack of public access to open space on private or commercial estates is a familiar one – suspicions of greedy developers, in collusion with the government, exploiting valuable public space for their own use. This is probably not the case, but the way developers have been able to camouflage these premises for private use is a clear sign that the system has not worked in the public interest. …

Also discussed in another article was the prohibitive cost of residents maintaining Public Open Space within their compounds. Discussion occurred about various developments in HK that had reduced access to Public Open Space in compounds due to high cost of maintenance and nuisance issues.

Source SCMP.com (Subscription ONLY) – the online edition of South China Morning Post, Hong Kong’s premier English-language newspaper.

Tishman Speyer selected for Hudson Railyards


Tishman Speyer, owner of such New York landmarks as Rockefeller Center and the Chrysler Center, will transform the West Side Yards into a vibrant neighborhood and commercial center on Manhattan’s Far West Side.

Founded and headquartered in New York, Tishman Speyer, along with the world’s leading architects, will convert a desolate rail yard into a thriving community complete with acres of green parks and gardens, distinctive residential buildings, striking commercial towers, and exciting retail shops, restaurants, and cultural venues.

Design Team includes:

Murphy/Jahn Architects
Master Plan Architect

PWP Landscape Architecture
Landscape Architect

Cooper-Robertson
Master Planner

Image Credits: Tishman Speyer
Source: Tishman Speyer –
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