Urban poor benefit from Las Piñas housing project

N LAS PIÑAS CITY, VACANT LOTS RANGING in size from a few hundred square meters to several hectares are slowly being turned into productive parcels of land where the poor are taught to become self-sufficient.

Since 1995, the city government, with the help of Habitat for Humanity, Gawad Kalinga and other nongovernment and government organizations, has been building houses for urban poor families.

The houses, however, do not come free. At the very least, owners must pay P500 a month to the city government for 25 years for the right to call the houses their homes.

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Urban poor benefit from Las Piñas housing project

Transit will determine if we’re a city or suburbs

Ottawa city councillors’ big decision next week on the future of transit is really more about planning than it is about transit. Or at least, it should be. The transit plan councillors recommend will determine what our city will be like in the future. Will it be a dense, urban city where people can live without cars, or is the goal to use commuter trains to enable even more suburban expansion?

Read more @ the SOURCE: Ottawacitizen.com – Transit will determine if we’re a city or suburbs.

Meeting the demand for sustainable materials – icWales

The soaring number of eco-communities and eco-homes have resulted in a growing demand for sustainable materials.

One company that has benefited enormously from the boom is T Mawr, a traditional and ecological building company based in Brecon, which began growing rapidly in 2005 and has doubled in size every year since. Its workforce of four in 2000 has increased to 22 this year.

After concerns about the amount of sand extracted and dredged in the UK – 70 million tonnes and 12 million tonnes a year respectively – it pioneered the development of glaster and limecrete, natural alternatives to plaster and concrete, made from glass and lime respectively.

In November, the company launched Welsh sheep’s wool as a means of insulation and now sells 10 million tons of it every month.

Read more @ the SOURCE: icWales Meeting the demand for sustainable materials– Author Steffan Rhys

Campuses maintain arboretums for the benefit of all

Walk around the peaceful, grassy campuses of local colleges and universities and you’ll see an interesting mix of modern construction and some of the oldest living relics in the region.

In between the brick and mortar structures, you’ll find stately trees — some of which date back almost two centuries — gracing these parklike settings.

At Waynesburg University, where the white oak (Quercus alba) is the school’s official tree, a long row of oaks lines one side of the walk between Miller Hall and a fountain that fronts the campus.

“Ten years ago, one of our students completed an inventory of trees, which our botany class uses to evaluate the health of the trees,” said Dr. Janet Paladino, assistant professor of biology. “When one dies or is taken out, we plant a new one to take its place.”

Read more about Universities in the USA maintaining their aroboretems @ the SOURCE:
Pittsburgh Post Gazette –
Campuses maintain arboretums for the benefit of all – Author – Dave Zuchowski

City’s Signature Roof – Vancouver Sun

At the moment, the grandest and most ethically ambitious architecture in the city — the green, living roof of the new convention centre — resembles a hair plug job. There’s a lot of bald up there.

It’s sparse, but growth proceeds. They started planting it two weeks ago, and crews are working their way across the six-acre roof sewing and digging in more than 750,000 plants. A green blush appeared on the canvas of the roof’s dark-brown growing medium of pumice and organic matter.

Read more @ the SOURCE: Vancouver Sun – City’s Signature Roof

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