Builders of city parks

January 27, 2008,AEDT

PARKS are the refreshing green patches in a concrete, gray dominated urban environment. They provide the city’s denizens with fresh air to breathe. Unfortunately, there are not too many of them here in Cebu City. Open spaces, like parks and plazas, compliment architecture. City parks afford its dwellers space, not | Read More

Green city only good for the rich :: The Gateway Online

January 26, 2008,AEDT

Waste-free, energy-efficient, and carbon-neutral are all terms thrown about by environmentalists to describe ideal urban development, and the recently unveiled plans for Masdar City incorporate all of those buzzwords. Read more @ Green city only good for the rich :: The Gateway Online – Mike Otto.

Design steps up in the fight against obesity

January 26, 2008,AEDT

Two in three men and three in four women in England don’t get enough exercise, but the good news is that the answer lies on our doorstep. CABE has long argued that the design of your neighbourhood really does influence whether you’re fit in the long term or whether you’re | Read More

Outlandish landscapes

January 26, 2008,AEDT

A showcase for experimental gardens by top landscape designers, Cornerstone is the first outdoor gallery of its kind in the US. Visitors looking for neatly planted rows and ornamental cherubs will be disappointed. Cornerstone is highly irreverent and playful, from American landscape designer Ken Smith’s “Daisy Border” – a display | Read More

Inhabitat » Amazing Green Roof Art School in Singapore

January 26, 2008,AEDT

If art school was in our future we might opt to study under, or on top of, the amazing green roof at the School of Art, Design and Media at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. This 5 story facility sweeps a wooded corner of the campus with an organic, vegetated | Read More

Trend: Creativity Made in China – MAD Architects

January 26, 2008,AEDT

Over the last two decades China has become known as the factory of the world; “Made in China” has often come to symbolize cheapness, sub-standard quality and lack of originality. More recently however, thanks to a booming economy, political deregulation and social development, China has witnessed the gradual evolution of | Read More

L.A. Squared – Los Angeles Times

January 26, 2008,AEDT

When is a public square not a public square? When it’s designed and built in Los Angeles, circa 2008. Our city–which has lacked plazas and other open-air gathering spots for so long–is now building them in a number of high-profile locations. Yet none of these spaces is fully civic in | Read More

In architecture, as elsewhere, sex sells

January 26, 2008,AEDT

In the early days of modern architecture, its alien forms were sold to the public using science. Architect Richard Neutra’s “Health House” – designed and built between 1927-29 for physician Philip Lovell in the Griffith Park neighbourhood of Los Angeles – was featured in newspapers and magazines all over the | Read More

Paradise or purgatory: Urban sprawl in spotlight

January 26, 2008,AEDT

A debate over city growth has emerged after a housing affordability survey released this week recommended freeing up more land for houses. Demographia‘s fourth annual survey found New Zealand houses more unaffordable than those in the United States, Canada, Ireland, Britain and Australia. Read more @ Paradise or purgatory: Urban | Read More

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