5,000 shared bikes for High-Tech Park in Shanghai

ZHANGJIANG High-Tech Park in Shanghai plans to make 5,000 rental bikes available by early-2010 to help workers in the park travel between the Metro Station and offices. The 150 bike rental stations will be positioned every 300 meters in the 25 square kilometer area. The project is to stated in October 2008 with 2 rental stations and 20 bikes now the park has 600 bikes with 50 stations. The bikes are free for the first half hour and then 1 to 3 yuan (15 to 45 US cents) per hour for more time.

SOURCE: Shanghai Daily  – High-tech park embraces low-tech transport

Get a Sneak Peak at a new Toronto Park

If your a Torontonian or passing through  Toronto next Wednesday September 9 you might want to stop by the Concord Cityplace at noon to get a Sneak Preview of the new $8 million 8-acre park that has been designed by Canadian artist/author Douglas Coupland and landscape architects Phillips Farevaag Smallenberg and inspired by Canadian hero Terry Fox, the park will contain not only public art, a water feature, a bluff, tree-shaded pathways and quiet areas but also the Terry Fox Miracle Mile, a jogging/running track dedicated to the courageous one-legged teenager who ran across Canada to raise money for cancer research in the early 80s.

The park runs north from Fort York Boulevard and extends from just west of Spadina Avenue almost to Bathurst Street. Among those helping celebrate the event will be Mayor David Miller, Councillor Adam Vaughan, Darrell Fox, brother of Terry Fox and Douglas Coupland, Vancouver author and artist whose vision inspired the overall look and feel of the park.

WHERE: Concord CityPlace, on the north side of Fort York Boulevard, halfway

between Spadina Avenue and Bathurst Streets, Toronto

WHEN: Wednesday, September 9, 2009, from noon to 2 p.m.

Finalists announced for Dutch Design Awards

West 8 are one of the finalists in the Dutch Design Awards with the Bridge Vlaardingse Vaart, designed for the city of Vlaardingen, is one of the finalists in the Dutch Design Awards. The winners will be chosen by an international jury and introduced to the design world during the festive Award Show on 17 October 17, 2009. The designs of all finalists and winners will subsequently be exhibited for one week in the Brainport Greenhouse on the Stadhuisplein in Eindhoven during Dutch Design Week.

Bridge Bridge Deck

SOURCE: WEST 8

IMAGE SOURCE: WEST 8

£250m proposals for Barry waterfront

A new scheme for Barry Island, Wales has been submitted to planners with a expected cost £250 million. The scheme is expected to create 2,000 new homes, some retail areas, a waterfront cafe area, and expansive waterfront open space.

The development is expected to take 10 years and create 2,000 jobs according to the scheme backers.

The masterplan design was undertaken by Holder Mathias Architects, Soltys Brewster Landscape and Kedrick Davies of CDN Planning. The planning consultant for the scheme is Nathaniel Lichfield and Partners.SOURCE: Wales Online

In the News 3 September

Green green grass of Arbat [The Moscow News]
A new 2,700m2 (29,000 sq ft) green roof was recently completed at Novy Arbat building in Moscow at a cost of 20 million rubels ($USD625,000).

Horspath wind turbine ‘will harm landscape’ [Oxford Times]
CAMPAIGNERS fighting to protect the Oxfordshire countryside have claimed plans for a 130m tall wind turbine on the edge of the city would damage the landscape and dwarf nearby homes.

Kanner Architects’ Transformation of Venice Boulevard [Curbed LA]
Kanner Architects-designed new apartment complex on Venice and Superior is nearly finished…..but the architecture firm and landscape architect Dan Weeden deserve a lot of praise for helping transform this stretch of Venice Boulevard.

Finance ministry ‘green roof’ saves 5,630 euros in costs [ANA-MPG.gr]
The “green roof” created on the roof the economy and finance ministry building in Syntagma Square,  has resulted in savings of 5,630 euros a year, the ministry announced on Tuesday. The savings arise from a reduction in power used for cooling, amounting to 3,600 euros a year, and a reduction in fuel used for heating by 2,030 euros a year.

The green roof was created in July 2008 and covers about 650 square metres, or roughly half the surface at the top of the building.

Proposed fertilizer ordinance lauded [TBNWeekly.com]
Pinellas county Florida is proposing an ordinance to reduce fertiliser use by homeowners and landscape companies. Recently high levels of nitrogen where found in the local waterways. The county is not going to enforce the ordinance but are counting on an education program of homeowners and landscape companies

Design competitions to be held by the City

The City of Swainsboro, GA in conjunction with County officials,  is interested in creating a more user-friendly environment on the Square by integrating new shade structures that compliment the overall aesthetic and design of the space. New shade structures were first recommended by the Quality Growth Resource Team that visited Swainsboro earlier this year. The City of Swainsboro is only seeking designs, entrants are not expected or intended to build and implement their design into the Downtown Square. A total of $500 may be awarded to the winning design. For more information on this competition, entrants can visit the City of Swainsboro’s website at www.cityofswainsboro.org


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