Don’t let green roofs be victims of the crunch – Building Design

Phil Clark of Building Design asks Why bother specifying a green roof when it adds extra costs, consultants, hassle and work? This attitude seems common when it comes to deciding whether to add vegetation to your scheme’s structure. And in the credit crunch, any part of a project that could be considered an added expense is likely to be first for the chop. So does this spell a decline for the green roof, which has emerged as a significant sustainable design addition in the past few years?

Read more @ the SOURCE: Building Design(bdonline.co.uk) – Don’t let green roofs be victims of the crunch –

West 8 wins competition Integration of Sewer plant in Landscape park Diezemonde Den Bosch

West 8 announced in Dutch that they have won a park competition the following is a translation of the announcement.

The challenge is an integral plan for the sewage plant (RWZI), where the new building is connected to the national park Diezemond. It indicated how the water purification plant in a responsible and innovative manner can perform functions in respect of recreation, tourism, nature and energy.

Dutch text:
De opgave betreft een integraal plan voor de rioolwaterzuiveringsinstallatie (RWZI), waarbij de nieuwbouw is verbonden met het natuurpark Diezemond. Daarin is aangegeven hoe de RWZI op een verantwoorde en vernieuwende wijze functies kan vervullen ten aanzien van recreatie, toerisme, natuureducatie en energieopwekking.

City planning split in 2 – Moscow

The Moscow Times reports that the city’s urban planning department, headed by First Deputy Mayor Vladimir Resin, said Tuesday that it would be divided into two new branches led by his deputies, with one focusing on planning and the other overseeing infrastructure.

Analysts said the move looked like a response to President Dmitry Medvedev’s demand for an increased focus on both public and private infrastructure development.

SOURCE: The Moscow Times

BDP acquires Khandekar

Several news outlets have reported that BDP has acquired Khandekar – a 30 strong Netheralands urban planning and landscape firm. BDP with more than 1200 staff across 15 studios many working in architecture, interiors and engineering adds a Khandekar to strengthen its business and gain market share in India.

The new firm – BDP Khandekar

SOURCE: Property Magazine.eu,

 

Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies – IHS 50 year anniversary

More than half of the world population is living in cities. By 2050 it is expected this will be two-third. Cities are growing explosively. The value of production is increasingly located in cities and so is the majority of wealth. City mayors are influential leaders making direct deals with multinational firms and (inter)national authorities. And we use the facilities created and maintained by city authorities. The cities in which we are living have become more important than the countries we are living in.

SOURCE: Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies: IHS 50 year anniversary.

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