Shared high streets ‘not safer’ – BBC News

“New street schemes which merge traffic and pedestrian areas could put blind people at risk, a charity has warned.”

SOURCE: BBC NEWS | UK | Scotland | Tayside and Central | Shared high streets ‘not safer’.

Martha Fajardo Interview – Land8Lounge

Read a great interview with Martha Fajardo by Kevin Gaughan of Land8lounge.com

“MARTHA CECILIA FAJARDO, Immediate Past-President of the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA), received her Colombian Landscape Architect Master degree on Landscape Design at Sheffield University, England.”

SOURCE: Land8lounge.com – Martha Fajardo Interview

Hong Kong to set up dedicated office to boost local creative industries – Xinhua

Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Donald Tsang said Wednesday that the government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) will set up a dedicated office to promote the development of creative industries.

Read more @ the SOURCE: Xinhua– Hong Kong to set up dedicated office to boost local creative industries_.

Street furniture – a balancing act between design and revenue

Street furniture in the modern city is a balancing act between creating revenue stream from advertisers and a clean design element that has good design and function.

As reported by the Ottawa Citizen – Ottawa is currently facing this issue and using a $275,000 study to look at design, aesthetics and function and also a public consultation process which ends in December. Ottawa residents are invited to provide input at www.ottawasimplicity.ca

The Ottawa Citizen has reported “Ottawa landscape architect John Wright says street furniture should be quiet and harmonious, with good proportions and materials. Standard pieces should not be used in key places like Festival Plaza, he adds.”

Read more at the SOURCE: Ottawa Citizen – Mayor launches plan to rid sidewalks of ugly street furniture.

Dutch flood control experts to present ideas to city officials today – Breaking News from New Orleans – Times-Picayune – NOLA.com

A four-day intensive planning event on the future of flood protection in New Orleans will culminate today when experts from the Netherlands and local urban planners present their flood control ideas to city officials.

Read more @ the SOURCE: NOLA.comDutch flood control experts to present ideas to city officials today – Breaking News from New Orleans – Times-Picayune – .

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