AILA Conference – Early Bird rate finishes JAN 30

The Australian Institute Landscape Architects(AILA) annual conference that will be held in Melbourne, May 7–9 2009 is about to close its early bird rate which is a saving of $110AUD (over 14% saving) on the full rate.

Go to Registration  today to get the early bird rate

For more information goto the conference website

Observatory owners plan to save 3 buildings -TheStar.com

The Star(Toronto) reports “Metrus, the company that purchased the sprawling David Dunlap Observatory lands from the University of Toronto last year, has finally publicly revealed which parts of the property it’s prepared to see preserved from development.”

[SOURCE: TheStar.com | GTA | Observatory owners plan to save 3 buildings]

£12m grant for seaside culture – Design Week

Design Week announces “Great Yarmouth, Southport, Hastings and Bridlington have won £12m to renovate and create new arts and cultural venues, in the second wave of the Government’s Sea Change programme.”

[SOURCE: Design Week.£12m grant for seaside culture]

A New Look at the Landscaping Artist Roberto Burle Marx – NYTimes.com

Larry Rohter of the New York Times writes

“Brazil teems with jungles, forests and all sorts of exotic plants, flowers and trees. But until the Brazilian landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx came along to tame and shape his country’s exuberant flora, his countrymen had mostly disdained the natural riches that, often literally, flourished in their own backyards”

read this great article @ the [SOURCE: NYTimes.comA New Look at the Landscaping Artist Roberto Burle Marx]

Despite Dongtan The Eco-city Dream Is Still Alive In China – BizChinaUpdate

BizChina-Update.com reports Despite the doom of Dongtan, however, the eco-city notion is still alive in China…..”

[SOURCE: BizChinaUpdate – China Business News – Despite Dongtan The Eco-city Dream Is Still Alive In China]

5 designs vie for New Bedford fishermen’s memorial – SouthCoastToday.com

SouthCoastToday.com reports “From more than a dozen designs submitted for the proposed fishermen’s memorial at Fort Taber, the Fishermen’s Tribute Fund committee has narrowed the list to five finalists.

The remaining artists have a deadline of Feb. 17 to complete a maquette, or miniature, from which the winner will be selected.”

[SOURCE: SouthCoastToday.com: 5 designs vie for New Bedford fishermen’s memorial]

Reinventing urban wheels – Haaretz – Israel News

Ariel Rubinsky of HAARETZ.com reports on the state of urban transport in Israel.

“Not everyone can leap out of bed at 5 A.M. to take a bicycle ride or have an early morning run. The same is true of the gym. On the face of it, urban residents have a readily available alternative: To increase their physical activity in their daily schedules, by, for example, doing errands on foot or walking, biking or rollerblading to work. It’s healthy, environmentally friendly, and circumvents the traffic jams. The problem lies in the current state of urban infrastructure. Cyclists and rollerbladers are constantly endangering their lives, being forced to maneuver between cars. As for pedestrians, they have to share the sidewalk with garbage bins and parked cars, inhaling exhaust fumes all the while.”

[SOURCE: Haaretz – Israel News Reinventing urban wheels]

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