Scientists investigate urban climate in the Netherlands

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Reseachers at Wageningen University and Research Centre (WUR) have been riding around Rotterdam and Arnhem in the Netherlands on two trikes mapping and measuring the urban climate during four time intervals on a 24 hour day. The measuring was to study the Urban Heat Island (UHI) effect that often causes heat stress.

The measurements on 6 August in Rotterdam showed that during day time the city centre was two degrees warmer on average than Zestienhoven(Rotterdam) airport, which is located outside the city. A striking observation was that the city park De Twee Heuvelen was 2.4 degrees cooler than Zestienhoven. This means that the differences in the afternoon in the city can rise to 4.4 degrees centigrade. During the late evening (22-24 hours), the city centre was more than 5 degrees warmer than Zestienhoven. The route near the national Green Heart (Doenkade) turned out to be even cooler (2 degrees C) than Zestienhoven. The difference in temperature between the city and countryside consequently amounted to more than 7 degrees during nocturnal hours.

In the late afternoon the felt air temperature – the air temperature perceived by the human body – was 28 degrees C at Zestienhoven, the temperature at the city centre of Rotterdam (in the sun and out of the wind) would feel more than 6 degrees higher – so well above 30° C. Surprisingly, similar effects were measured in the much smaller city of Arnhem.

For the measurements (before sunrise, midday, late afternoon, after sunset), days with maximum temperatures above 25° C were necessary. With the two cargo bikes with measurement equipment, the researchers cycled along two previously determined routes through a number of characteristic urban districts, such as an industrial area, an older residential area, a city park and the harbour area. The researchers plan to take more measurements later this year and in 2010.

SOURCE: Wageningen University and Research Centre (WUR)
IMAGE: Wageningen University and Research Centre (WUR)

Unveiling NY400 Pavilion in Battery Park

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On Wednesday September 9th the official unveiling ceremony of The New Amsterdam Pavilion with the Prince of Orange and Princess Máxima of the Netherlands will take place.

The New Amsterdam Plein and Pavilion, is a gift from the Netherlands to New York in honor of 400 years of friendship. Part of Battery Park’s Peter Minuit Plaza will be renamed New Amsterdam Plein. The unveiling ceremony and the Pavilion can be viewed from the Staten Island Ferry Terminal terrace however the plaza will be closed until the construction is completed later in the year.

The Pavilion and street furniture for the surrounding plaza are designed by Ben van Berkel of UNStudio. It will serve as an attractive gathering place for New Yorkers, commuters and tourists, as well as a tribute to our common history and shared values. The Pavilion is situated on Peter Minuit Plaza at the Battery, one of New York’s main intersections, with 75,000 people passing through each day.

The New Amsterdam Plein & Pavilion will be located within The Battery’s Peter Minuit Plaza, named for the enterprising Dutch Director-General who in 1626 consolidated the early settlements at the tip of Manhattan – a grouping that came to be known as New Amsterdam. This destination is, in the words of architect Ben van Berkel, ‘the ideal site for a permanent commemoration of 400 years of Dutch history in New York, because it is steeped in a sense of a shared past and looks directly toward the harbor where Henry Hudson sailed, but is also entirely focused on the future by virtue of its role as a modern transportation hub within the constantly changing scene of Lower Manhattan. This is a site where history meets the future.’

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SOURCE: UN Studio
IMAGES : UN Studio & Richard Koek

Burle Marx mural installed in Naples

The newly designed and constructed expansion of the Naples Botanic Garden has recently had a Roberto Burle Marx mural installed as a feature piece of the design. The mural came from Venezuela and is believed to be the only Burle Marx mural in North America. The installation took two days and was overseen by Julio Ono son of Haruyoshi Ono(Burle Marx business partner).

Watch the video below of the Mural Installation from Naples News featuring Carrie Wise

SOURCE: Naples News
VIDEO SOURCE: Naples News

Foster + Partners win masterpan for Incheon Free Economic Zone

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Foster + Partners, together with PHA and Mobility in Chain, has won an international competition to design the masterplan for the expansion of the Incheon Free Economic Zone, an extensive mixed-use scheme encompassing the islands of KangHwa and OnJin-gun, to the north west of Seoul. Conceived as a self-sufficient, sustainable development, the 300 square-kilometre masterplan will extend organically from a central transportation spine, creating a centre for green industry and serving a population that is expected to grow from 35,000 to 320,000 residents and commuters.

SOURCE: Foster + Partners

IMAGE CREDIT & SOURCE: Foster + Partners

In the News – Weekend 29/30 August

Landscape Architect appointed to SF Arts Commission [SFweekly.com]
According to SFweekly.com, the Mayor of San Francisco, Gavin Newsom has appointed landscape architect Astrid Haryati to the Arts Commission to fill one of the seats recently vacated. Haryati has been at the city of San Francisco from February 2008 holding the position of Greening Director.

Oslo’s reinvention as a chic waterfront town leaves Toronto in the dust [TheStar.com]
looks at Oslo and admires its roads, public transport and the
improvements to its waterfront

Delhi hotels to miss target for Commonwealth Games [Economic Times/ India Times]
As many as 16 hotel projects that are coming up in Delhi will fail to meet the Commonwealth Games deadline of September 2010, mounting more pressure on the government which has already been struggling to accommodate guests likely to attend the mega sporting event.

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