Earthquake museum preliminary planning complete – People’s Daily Online

According to the Urban Planning Bureau of Miaoyang City in Sichuan Province, preliminary planning for an earthquake museum in Beichuan, which has received much public attention and concern, has been completed.

Beichuan County suffered heavy damage from the May 12 earthquake in Wenchuan; the county seat was virtually flattened. Mianyang City in Sichuan Province has planned to take in residents of Beichuan County

SOURCE: People’s Daily Online – Earthquake museum preliminary planning complete

New parks in the capital

The Phnom Penh Post reports that the new and improved parks are providing Phnom Penh residents some much-needed respite from the squeeze of the capital city’s increasingly cramped quarters.

The Wat Botom, Hun Sen, Vimean Ekreach and Wat Phnom parks have all undergone makeovers and are drawing hoards of locals to relax, exercise, picnic or loll with their sweethearts.

SOURCE: The Phnom Penh Post – New parks: too little, too late for capital?.

University of Hawaii uses green concrete for student housing landscapes

The Univeristy of Hawaii is using pervious (permeable) concrete for the pedestrian paths in the student apartment buildings. According to Stephen Baginski of Kaikor Construction who is the contractor states that the concrete can be 10 to 20 per cent more expensive as it is more difficult to work with and can harden too quickly.

SOURCE: University of Hawaii tries out environment-friendly concrete – HonoluluAdvertiser.com – The Honolulu Advertiser.

Public hold key to $25m city facelift – NZ Herald

Aucklanders have three weeks to comment on a $25 million plan to revitalise Aotea Square and turn it into the city’s premier civic open space, able to host events for 20,000 people.

Urban design professionals are divided over the draft plans for the square, which opened in 1979 and has been on the drawing board for a makeover since 2000.

SOURCE: NZ Herald – Public hold key to $25m city facelift (+photos) – 10 Jul 2008 –

State-of-the-art sustainable neighborhood- Columbian.com

A former industrial site on prime waterfront real estate in the city’s core sheds its working-class roots for a future as an urban neighborhood reconnecting people to the water.

Sound familiar? Except this isn’t Vancouver’s Columbia River waterfront, where developers envision a dense cluster of apartments, condos, offices, retail, restaurants and parks.

It’s in Victoria, B.C., and it’s a glimpse of what might be possible here. Called Dockside Green, this self-contained neighborhood is being built on 15 acres on the city’s Inner Harbor, and is hailed as one of the most environmentally advanced projects of its kind.

They intend to incorporate green principles in the build-out of the 32-acre site along the Columbia River that they call Columbia Waterfront. Gramor and the city of Vancouver have hired PWL Partnership, a landscape architect firm involved in Dockside Green, to work on the 10 acres of parks planned for the Boise site.

SOURCE: Columbian.com – State-of-the-art sustainable neighborhood

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