Is Chennai A Concrete Jungle?

Landscape or the garden is as old as the earth is. They are an art by themselves as they create such beautiful experiences in the people that uplift their spirits and expand their vision and invigorate their very life It is necessary that we formulate plans to enact laws in such a way that every concrete construction, be it a housing complex or a building for a hotel or an industry or a company there should be sufficient space earmarked for landscape. Surjit Singh Barnala, Governor of Tamil Nadu, opened the 4th International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) Conference 2008 in Chennai with these words.

Is Chennai A Concrete Jungle? – Chennaionline.com

Rapid Central Station’s green roof will be replaced – mlive.com

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.

£600,000 boost for woodland – Buckingham Today

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.

Delhi urban art panel refuses truce with government – Thaindian News

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.

Living roof will sprout on Phillips’ Addison Gallery – EagleTribune.com

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.

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