Is it time for ‘Toronto, the Green?’ – TheStar.com

Politicians, business leaders and advocacy groups across the GTA will launch a plan tomorrow to make this the greenest urban region in the world.

“It’s amazing. Everyone believes this is an idea whose time has come,” says Eva Ligeti, who heads the non-profit Clean Air Partnership.

“Greening Greater Toronto” will aim to co-ordinate work for cleaner air and water, better transit and land use, and other environmental improvements, Ligeti says.

In part, it is to build on the environmental work going on in the city. It will emulate the Toronto Atmospheric Fund – which parlayed $23 million from the city into a revolving fund that bankrolls climate change projects – if, that is, the new scheme gets $100 million from the province or elsewhere.

SOURCE: TheStar.com | Environment | Is it time for ‘Toronto, the Green?’.

NYC artist builds Lego model of Trump Dubai tower — Newsday.com

New York City artist has built a replica of the soon-to-open Trump Dubai hotel tower out of thousands of Lego pieces.

Nathan Sawaya’s 10-foot version of the distinctive five-star hotel is expected to be unveiled Monday in Columbus Circle.

SOURCE: Newsday.com NYC artist builds Lego model of Trump Dubai tower

An art center worth the climb – The Boston Globe

The Clark is one of the country’s best small art museums, and in Stone Hill Center, which opens today, it has added a wonderful piece of architecture.

The architect is Japan’s Tadao Ando, the 1995 winner of the Pritzker Prize, architecture’s equivalent of the Nobel. Stone Hill houses a mix of uses. The biggest chunk, which isn’t open to the public, is a conservation lab for the restoration of artworks. The lab occupies the lower of the building’s two levels, where it isn’t disturbed by unwanted direct sunlight.

Collaborating with Ando from the start was the Boston firm of Reed Hilderbrand, landscape architects. Their work is an essential foil for the architecture. Besides planning the paths and roads, they terraced a slope above Stone Hill into a green parking lot and planted some 300 new trees. Especially successful is the meadow below Stone Hill Center, where the grass is left wild and unmowed. It waves in the wind like an ocean, and the building’s triangular terrace pushes into it like the prow of a ship.

Read more @ the SOURCE: The Boston Globe An art center worth the climb 

Guest column: Don’t expect simple solutions to complexities of flooding – DesMoinesRegister.com | The Des Moines Register

DOUGLAS M. JOHNSTON is chair of the Department of Community and Regional Planning and of the Department of Landscape Architecture at ISU wrote a great article about the Iowa floods*

During and after any catastrophe, many will review the events and ask: Why did it happen and what can be done to prevent it? The ongoing flooding in Iowa is no exception.

…….we often fail to remember is that water flows downhill. It comes from somewhere, and it goes somewhere. Anything we do that affects the flow of water will have an impact further downstream. Prairie and forest are good at capturing rainfall. Tile-drained farm fields, roofs, roads, and parking lots are less so. With fewer wetlands, prairies and forest to slow runoff or prevent it, the same rain event will send more water downstream faster.

Read more @ the SOURCE: DesMoinesRegister.com – Guest column: Don’t expect simple solutions to complexities of flooding – The Des Moines Register.

Permeable hardscapes let the water soak in

San Franciso Chronicle has published a practical artile on permeable pavement – sort of a Sustainable Landscape Design 101

Does your driveway look like a patchwork quilt, with raised and sunken surfaces; chipped, off-color mortar stuffed into jagged cracks; and a generation’s worth of oil, paint and mold stains? Has the time come to replace it? Or, if your driveway is fine, is this the year to install the new patio you’ve been dreaming of, or some garden walkways?

Whether you’re replacing your existing driveway, patio and walks or installing new ones, you have an opportunity to turn them into water management and conservation features by building them so water can drain through them – in landscaping terms, making them “permeable hardscape.”

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle (SFgate.com) – Permeable hardscapes let the water soak in.

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