GRAND RAPIDS — It hasn’t taken long for some of the much-touted environmentally friendly features of Rapid Central Station to lose their green.
Rapid officials Wednesday approved spending $220,000 to replace the station’s green roof and $160,000 to replace the fiberoptic lighting that gives the Teflon canopy over its bus terminal a distinctive nighttime glow.
Officials say the green roof covered with sedum — a live Alpine plant that absorbs water — simply hasn’t thrived since it was installed in 2004.
Officials say they have worked with local horticulturists for the past three years and have determined the synthetic material for the plants isn’t deep enough. They also said the fiber optic lighting over the LEED-certified bus terminal costs far more than expected.
Rapid Central Station’s green roof will be replaced – mlive.com.
AMBITIOUS plans to more than double the number of people visiting Hazelborough Wood near Silverstone have been unveiled by The Forestry Commission.
Plans have been submitted to South Northants Council for a new visitors’ centre, 75 car parking spaces with parking for horse boxes, a play area, café, shop, toilets and a rangers office.
The new project, which is estimated to cost in the region of £600,000, would also feature a building that will act as a showcase for sustainable methods of heating by burning wood by-products found at the site to heat all the buildings in the development instead of using oil or electricity.
£600,000 boost for woodland – Buckingham Today.
The four members of the Delhi Urban Art Commission (DUAC) who have collectively resigned Thursday declared they were sticking to their stand. “Our resignations is a well-thought out move. When left with no option, we were constrained to put in our papers. There is no scope for any kind of negotiations at all,” architect and one of DUAC members Jasbir Sawhney told IANS.
» Delhi urban art panel refuses truce with government – Thaindian News.
The Merrimack Valley’s first green roof will take root at Phillips Academy next year, and town officials here hope the idea blossoms.
A 2,000-square-foot roof covered with tiny shrubs will cap off the $30 million addition to the Addison Gallery of American Art that is set for completion in winter 2009.
Living roof will sprout on Phillips’ Addison Gallery – EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA.
Queen Street upgrade in National Awards
Auckland’s controversial Queen Street upgrade is up for a prestigious national design award.
The multi-million dollar makeover of New Zealand’s busiest street is among a record number of entries competing for an award from the New Zealand Institute of Landscape Architects (NZILA).
A total of 97 entries have been received for the 2008 NZILA Resene Pride of Place Landscape Awards, almost double the 50 that took part last time the biennial event was held in 2006.
Scoop: Queen Street upgrade in National Awards.
Over the past three millennia Jerusalem has known its fair share of master builders, from Kings David, Solomon and Herod to Suleiman the Magnificent and mayor Teddy Kollek. But the city has also known a mirror-image legacy of monumental and municipal projects that were stillborn or abandoned.
Read more @ Jerusalem deconstructed | Jerusalem Post.
WORK was due to start today restoring the historic Playfair Steps which run from Market Street to Princes Street Gardens.
The steps, which were built in 1828, are being revamped as part of a £10,000 project, which will see the original stone repaired rather than replaced so they keep the look of wear and tear that has built up over the years.
The four organisations involved – Edinburgh World Heritage, the city council, the National Galleries of Scotland and the Halifax Bank of Scotland – are funding the project, which is expected to take a couple of weeks, equally.
Read more @ Edinburgh Evening News – Work begins on £10k revamp of city’s iconic Playfair Steps –