Tianjin – Eco city under construction

AFTER 17 months of painstaking preparation and planning, Singapore and China yesterday began construction of their flagship eco-city, with a ground-breaking ceremony attended by top leaders from both countries.

Singapore’s Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao were at the event to launch the project, which both sides hope will show the way forward for other environmentally-friendly cities in China.

read more @ the SOURCE: Straittimes.com – S’pore, China breakground.

Big City – In Manhattan, a New Playground Is an Instant Hit – NYTimes.com

16th Street in Morningside Park, which had its ribbon-cutting a few weeks ago, could have been envisioned by some of those designers, to judge from the tasteful, creative layout, a vision of bright blues and greens.

The playground was designed by Alexander Hart, a 33-year-old assistant landscape architect at the Department of Parks and Recreation. “I wasn’t so keen on designing playgrounds until I started doing it,” Mr. Hart, a father of two young children, said on Wednesday morning at the playground. “But once I started, I found the design challenges so interesting.”

Read more @ the SOURCE: NYTimes.comBig City – In Manhattan, a New Playground Is an Instant Hit

West 8 wins competition Ecological District Saint-Denis

The winning design of West 8 and ING-Bremond for a new ecological district just outside of Paris emphasizes the insular character of the area. The experience of and the identification with the surrounding water of the Seine is being maximized; the two shores each have in their own way a relationship with the water.

SOURCE: West 8 Urban Design & Landscape Architecture / news / West 8 wins competition Ecological District Saint-Denis.

New design guidance launched to transform the future of play

Play England, the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) have launched, for the first time in the England, detailed guidance for the design of children’s play spaces.

Free copies of the guide can be ordered by calling (+44) 0845 60 222 60 or click here

SOURCE: Landscape Institute(UK) – New design guidance launched to transform the future of play.

Chinese scoops UN awards for its harmonious cities – Xinhua

highest award conferred by the United Nations system in this field– the Habitat Scroll of Honour Special Citation — goes not to an outstanding individual, but to a Chinese city, Nanjing.

read more @ the SOURCE: Chinese scoops UN awards for its harmonious cities – Xinhua.

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