Second biggest Green roof in North America nearing completion

With the completion next spring of the new convention centre in Vancouver’s Coal Harbour, there will be a few blocks of new parkland added to the city — but they’re strictly for the birds and the bees.

The expansion project, west of the current convention centre, is being topped off with a 2.4-hectare green — or “living” — roof that covers the flat, sloping segmented roof, and will be the second-largest in North America, next to a Michigan Ford plant covered with grass patches.

SOURCE: The Province – Green roof boasts host of eco pros.

Billionaires’ Row residents sign up stars of Chelsea Flower Show – Telegraph

Now, the residents of Kensington Palace Gardens, known as “Billionaires’ Row”, want trophy gardens to match – and only award-winning designers will do.

In a bid to outdo their neighbours, residents of the road in west London, who include the steel tycoon Lakshmi Mittal, the American industrialist Leonard Blavatnik and Jon Hunt, the founder of Foxtons estate agents, are signing up gold medal-winners from the Chelsea Flower Show to design their gardens.

SOURCE: Billionaires’ Row residents sign up stars of Chelsea Flower Show – Telegraph.

ZORLU CENTER ARCHITECTURE AND URBAN DESIGN COMPETITION

Mimarlar Tasarim (Han T├╝mertekin) + Hashim Sarkis + George Hargreaves Consortium is one of 4 finalist teams selected for the Zorlu Center Architecture and Urban Design Competition, a mixed-use urban design center in Istanbul, Turkey. Zorlu Real Estate launched the competition in June 2007; receiving 117 applications and qualification from 13 international architecture offices.

For more information about the Zorlu Center Architecture and Urban Design Competition, please visit the Turkish Daily News.

SOURCE: Hargreaves Associates – Firm News.

Vancouver buys building, first of 12 planned sites – globeandmail.com

The city of Vancouver has purchased a two-storey building at 514 Alexander Street for approximately $860,000, and the 20 single-occupancy units currently on the property will be upgraded to provide supportive housing.

This comes on the heels of last week’s approval of 12 city-owned sites for social housing.

read more @ the SOURCE: globeandmail.com: Vancouver buys building, first of 12 planned sites

‘Superblocks add to green space’ – The Jakarta Post

Public parks within superblocks run by private developers can alleviate the lack of green public space and help urban revitalization, an expert said Friday.

“The city administration needs to revitalize the city but doesn’t have the cash. So permitting private superblocks is a part of urban revitalization,” University of Indonesia economist Faisal Basri said at the launch of Podomoro City, a superblock in Tanjung Duren, West Jakarta.

SOURCE: The Jakarta Post – ‘Superblocks add to green space’.

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