The urban farmer: One man’s crusade to plough up the inner city – Features, Food & Drink – The Independent

Fritz Haeg isn’t perhaps the obvious representative of a revolution in global farming. As an architecture and design academic and practitioner, the American has had his work exhibited at Tate Modern and the Whitney Museum of American Art, and has taught fine art at several US universities. Yet it is last year’s community-collaborative project on an inner-city council estate in south London that best showcases his current passion: the urban farm.

Read more @ the SOURCE: The IndependentThe urban farmer: One man’s crusade to plough up the inner city

Living roofs, solar panels – all standard in new homes – Northampton Chronicle and Echo

A living roof, drains which lead to sunken wetland, water heated with solar panels – it sounds like something from a green home in the future but these are all standard features of a new housing development in Northampton.
The properties, which all lie just off the A45 by Sixfields, boast a ‘sustainable urban drainage system’ which offers an alternative to traditional drains.

Instead of using sewers for rainwater, the development has specially designed reed-bed ditches which create habitats for wildlife, as well as reducing the risk of flooding in heavy rains.

Read more @ the SOURCE: Northampton Chronicle and EchoLiving roofs, solar panels – all standard in new homes 

Top 50 most expensive office spaces in the world – CBRE

According to CB Richard Ellis Group, Inc. (CBRE) Research’s semi-annual Global Market Rents survey cities came in the Top 10 most expensive cities in the world. 

London’s West End is once again the world’s most expensive office market, while rapidly-rising Moscow climbed to second place, according to CB Richard Ellis Group, Inc. (CBRE) Research’s semi-annual Global Market Rents survey. The report tracks world markets with the highest as well as fastest-growing occupancy costs for the 12 months ended March 31, 2008. Tokyo’s Inner Central Five Wards, Mumbai’s Nariman Point and Tokyo’s Outer Central Five Wards rounded out the top five most expensive markets.

“Office occupancy costs are continuing to defy sluggish economic conditions and the credit crunch, as they rise faster than global inflation,” said Dr. Raymond Torto, CBRE’s Global Chief Economist. “These cost increases are dominated by emerging markets, caused by both supply and demand imbalance and the depreciation of the dollar relative to local currencies. In some of these emerging markets, Class A office space is seriously lacking.”

Ho Chi Minh City had the fastest-growing occupancy costs during this period, up 94%. Moscow was not far behind at 93%, followed by Singapore at 86%. Overall, EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) dominated the list of markets with the fastest growing occupancy costs, accounting for five of the top 10 and 19 of the top 50 markets. Worldwide, 88% of the 173 office markets monitored posted higher occupancy costs.

Among the most expensive markets, Singapore and Dubai were newcomers to the top 10. Singapore ranked ninth with an occupancy cost of $139.31 (occupancy cost in US$/sq. ft./annum used throughout this release), while Dubai debuted at number 10 with an occupancy cost of $128.49. With a near-doubling of occupancy costs, Moscow rose four places to second at $232.37. Midtown Manhattan was still the priciest market in North America, at $103.43, and ranked number 13 worldwide.

The Top 10 most expensive cities are
1. London (West End), England
2. Moscow, Russia
3. Tokyo (Inner Central), Japan
4. Mumbai, India
5. Tokyo (Outer Central), Japan
6. London (City), England
7. New Delhi, India
8. Paris, France
9. Singapore
10. Dubai, United Arab Emirate

read more @ the SOURCE: CB Richard Ellis – CBRE Research

Plan to Remake Tysons Corner Envisions Dense Urban Center – washingtonpost.com

The transformation of Tysons Corner from a car-dominated tangle of offices, malls and auto dealers into a livable city will start moving ahead in the coming weeks.

Fairfax County leaders and landowners are unveiling sweeping proposals to build densely packed high-rises, miles of new streets, and enough parks, schools, police stations and firehouses to serve an entirely new place.

The results could determine the future not only of Virginia’s mightiest jobs hub, but also what happens across the country. Urban-renewal leaders are looking to Tysons as a model.

read more @ the SOURCE: washingtonpost.comPlan to Remake Tysons Corner Envisions Dense Urban Center

Student Landscape Institute Council summer trip going to IFLA 2008

This year’s Student Landscape Institute Council summer trip will be to Amsterdam and IFLA 2008.

The trip will run from Saturday 28 June to Saturday 5th July.

“The theme for IFLA this year is Transforming with Water, and as well as the IFLA events themselves we will be visiting central Amsterdam, Westergasfabriek Park and Borneo Sporenburg in Amsterdam’s Eastern Docklands,” says Ian Lanchbury, SLIC chair.

“People who cant make all the days but want to attend just part of it are more than welcome.”

If you wish to take part, contact Ian Lanchbury by Friday 13 June. After this date, SLIC will be reserving accommodation, and making travel and meeting arrangements will be made.

“SLIC won’t be making advanced payments for trip attendees, so if you wish to attend, we will provide all the details of where and when to book, to allow you to easily do so yourself – A 3-Day student ticket to IFLA 2008 costs 150 euros. Someone from SLIC will be at the Hostel to meet you on arrival.”

If you are interested in attending or have any questions, please e-mail ianlanchbury@hotmail.co.uk

SOURCE: Landscape Institute – UK

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