EVERY year, about 500 billion litres of stormwater washes off the roofs, roads and footpaths of Melbourne into our rivers and bays.
That’s about the same amount of water that Melburnians consume each year.
Often it comes in a thunderous rush, surging out of drains, damaging waterways, and pouring litter into Port Phillip and Western Port bays.
But a $20 million bid to use Melbourne’s stormwater on “rain gardens” across the metropolitan area has gathered speed since early last year.
Rain gardens are designed to absorb large volumes of water from downpipes, road surfaces and paved areas.
Melbourne leads Australia in cleaning stormwater naturally | Herald Sun.
A conceptual design for a skyscraper that can do ‘everything a tree can do except replicate’ will be one of the highlights of the inaugural World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi next month.
William McDonough – recognised by Time magazine as a ‘Hero for the Planet’ – was commissioned by Fortune magazine to come up with a design for a skyscraper office tower that would anticipate a 100 percent positive impact on people and place. Since his firm of architects embarked on the project, he has been approached by numerous companies keen to turn the idea into reality.
‘We’re really excited,’ said McDonough in an interview, ‘because everyone in the building world that has seen it has said ‘can we do this together?’ So we are now looking for a patron to help us bring this to reality.’
Design visionary to present futuristic ‘building for today’ at Abu Dhabi World Future Energy Summit | World Future Energy Summit (WFES).
Living in Downtown Los Angeles is full of highs and lows, excitement and frustration. With more than 30,000 residents already in the community and thousands more waiting to move in, issues are bound to arise. This year, expect these five topics to be discussed over the dinner table.
Social and Education Services
Pre-schools, Schools and Community services
Commercial Space and Events
City needs more shopping and large department stores especially a Target and a large bookstore. Downtown also needs restaurants to bring dining into the city after hours. Also needed are festivals and weekly events such as markets.
Clean & Safe
LA Downtown needs to become cleaner and safer although the last 5 years have been an improvement.
Increase funding and community involvement in this powerful deterent to crime and making people feel safe in Downtown
Taxis and Transit
Freedom for taxi drivers to pick up in any area of Downtown not designated areas, increasing bus services and also the return of the Red Trolley.
Summary of Kathryn Maese article from Los Angeles Downtown News
How to protect Beijing as an ancient city, or is it necessary to protect it at all, has been under debate by officials and experts for over 60 years, during which fancy buildings mushroomed in the 62.5-square-kilometer area, while gray brick residential houses collapsed before bulldozers in a facelift frenzy, along with the memories they carried down through generations.
According to a report by the official People’s Daily in January2007, about 500 Hutongs still survived, in comparison to the more than 3,000 in early 1980s.
Local officials marked out 25 areas in the inner city in 2002 where traditional houses and alleys will be preserved, and later expanded to 33, accounting for 29 percent of the inner city.
Although real estate developers built some courtyard-styled houses, the sale goes very slow.
“Those ‘fake cultural heritages’ are too costly for local residents,” said Xu Pingfang, 77-year-old renowned professor of archaeology and director of the China Archaeological Society, “while Beijingers are forced out and the houses are purchased by new-riches, Beijing is losing its flavor.”
Feature: Face-lifting Beijing stops to retrieve its ancient flavor _English_Xinhua.
Creating Inspirational Spaces: A Guide for Quality Public Realm in the Northwest has been produced by Gillespies on behalf of the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA) and RENEW Northwest, and forms part of the wider Places Matter! programme co-ordinated by RENEW Northwest.
Creating Inspirational Spaces: A Guide to Quality Public Realm in the Northwest – Landscape Institute– UK
Moscow planners have approved Lord Foster’s design for the world’s biggest building – likened by critics to an alien spacecraft and a “dahlia stuck in a string bag”. The British architect’s £2bn “city within a city”, Crystal Island, will be built on the banks of the Moscow river, with a total floor area of 2.5m square metres, making it the largest enclosed space ever to be constructed.
Crystal Island’s steel mega frame is to feature a “smart skin” to buffer against extreme temperatures and is expected to contain 3,000 hotel rooms, 900 apartments and a school for 500 pupils. Its 620m-wide base will taper to a spire almost 500 metres high, giving it the form of a vast transparent wigwam.
Moscow rises to Foster’s space-age vision | Art & Architecture | Guardian Unlimited Arts.