John Wardle Architects and Office dA have been named the winners of the competition to design the landmark new Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning site at the University of Melbourne.
The building will include dedicated spaces for research into sustainable precinct design and performance, along with lecture theatres, a library, exhibition, and specialist workshop spaces. It will accommodate students enrolled in the Bachelor of Environments, one of the degrees formed under the Melbourne Model, and in the Melbourne School of Design as well as provide offices for staff of the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning.
A new ordinance has been signed into law to encourage green roofs in Quezon City in the Philippines. The law states that 30% of the roof area of a building should be green. As an incentive no property tax will be assessed or levied against the value of the floor area that is dedicated to green.
David Lepeska has written an interesting article in The Guardian reviewing how cities will be sustainable in the future and that energy efficient cities is the key to the future of saving the planet from us. He also cited
Dorothee Imbert, associate professor in landscape architecture at Harvard, pointed to urban farming, a trend that has taken root in Detroit, New York, Milwaukee and a handful of international cities. Imbert mentioned her own student-assisted organic farms in Boston, yet acknowledged that adequate food supplies for future cities “would require rethinking of landscape in the building process”.