The Indianapolis Star reports
Neighborhood renewal leaders picture a landscape of energy-efficient homes, cozy shops and restaurants bustling with patrons, a light-rail station and plentiful manufacturing jobs — maybe even jobs making solar panels to power nearby homes.
SOURCE: IndyStar.com – The Indianapolis Star – Indianapolis urban renewal project focuses on sustainability
Environment News Service reports
Concern about the rate of development of Urban Stormwater Programs by municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4) permit holders in Louisiana has prompted the formation of the Louisiana Urban Stormwater Coalition by representatives of some of the permit holders.
Read the full report at the [SOURCE: Environment News Service – Louisiana Urban Stormwater Coalition First in USA]
Green walls are becoming more and more common place in cities across the world. However, they are usually implemented as apart of a new architectural design rather than an existing building. Until recently when a 2,380 square-foot, six storey high green wall was installed by PNC on their existing corporate headquarters in Pittsburgh. The wall is a modular design and is two foot by two foot panels(approx. 600 x 600mm). The wall was installed by Green Living Technologies and according to the video below is the largest green wall in North America and is planted with different plant species that will create an evergreen wall all year around.
According to the report by Sarah Amandolare at Finding Dulcinea
The average cost per square foot of green wall is between $100 and $125, according to George Irwin of Green Living Technologies LLC
According to the Jakarta Post, the former president of Indonesia BJ Habibie came out yesterday suggesting that urban planning laws were not enough and that urban planning requires better implementation.
The Jakarta Post reported that Habibie said
“Don’t assume that having a legal system is enough. It’s not. The main thing is implementation,” he said.
“Humans are the ones who created problems and humans are the ones who have to be able to solve the problems and nobody else,” he said.
The Jakarta Post also went on to report that
Indonesia has law on spatial planning but implementation has been poor. The capital city of Jakarta for example has only around 9.6 percent of open green areas, which is far from what the regulated 30 percent.
Read the full article at the SOURCE: Jakarta Post – Implementation crucial for urban planning: Habibie
Proposed View of Visitor Centre
English Heritage has unveiled the new plans for the Stonehenge visitor centre design. The design was created by Denton Corker Marshall (DCM) and according to English Hertiage website
has been designed to be sensitive to its surroundings and to the significance of the monument.
The placement and design of the building seems to attempt to place the focus on Stonehenge rather than the visitor centre. However, the design seems as though it could be anywhere in the world for any manner of attractions. I understand that this is the second round of designs after the subterranean design by DCM was quashed, however I think the design seems to be trying to please too many people and stakeholders.
From the renders and plans it is hard to judge whether the access road and car park are hidden from view. I hope that this is the case and that some form of ha-ha has been incorporated into the landscape design to obscure the road and car park from view to create a sense of flowing green fields that currently exists.
To see all the renders and plans go to the gallery at English Heritage
Proposed Aerial View
SOURCE: English Heritage
IMAGE SOURCE: English Heritage