A wetland park will be built by the City of Chengdu on the 2010 Expo site in Shanghai that will use soil and vegetation to purify site rain water that will be used toilet flushing. The wetland park wil be 2,680 square metres on the Puxi section (north) and also include underground water tanks as apart of the system. The wetland will consist of 16 terraced ponds planted with 60 plant and tree species over 1,200 square metres of the wetland. Water from the wetland will also be used in a fun ‘piano keyboard’ that will spray water when people step on the keys.
SOURCE: Shanghai Daily
An article in China Daily today reports that over the next 15 to 20 years there will be an influx of 300 million people into cities across China. This will create 1 trillion yauan in annual investment in infrastructure and facilities across China. The rate of urbanisation will be 1% per year. This urbanisation is occuring at the same time as the government takes measures to protect farming land. The urbanisation will require a balance between density and lifestyle in large cities. Many cities in China exceed 10 million such as Shanghai, Chongqing, Beijing, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Chengdu, Xian, however most of the urbanisation will occur in tier 2 cities especially in the west of China.
SOURCE: China Daily
Northfield news reports that Northfield city will start replacing ash trees to avoid the devastation from the emerald ash borer – Agrilus planipennis.
City Engineer Katy Gehler-Hess said the move is an attempt to avoid a mass die off like that which occurred when Dutch elm disease sickened trees across the state.
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There are quantines going into effect in numerous counties in states such as Wisconsin due to the spread of the emerald ash borer. Check with your state’s Department of Agriculture Trade about quarantines and what nursery stock and wood products can be moved.
Reading the Architects Journal article gives an interesting insight into Ruth Reed. The gist of the article is that next week Ruth Reed takes up her role as the new president of the Royal Institute British Architects (RIBA) and she intends to implement some changes to improve the RIBA and also meet the members. She is planning a 50 towns in 50 weeks tour of Britain to meet the members and hear their concerns and frustrations with the RIBA. She also has a vision under the headings – planning, education and value. She wishes to reduce the number of planning documents needed for submissions, and ask the government to look at how the green credentials of buildings are assessed. On the education front she wishes to bring in a competency based test to help student who can’t find work to complete their case studies.
Value is to move architects to extend the offer of professionals to assist clients from design through to maintenance.
SOURCE: Architects Journal