New President for Landscape Institute

The Landscape Institute is delighted to announce that Neil Williamson has taken up the office of President for the next two years.

Williamson, who began his duties earlier this month, is currently Head of Environmental Design within the Planning Service of New Forest District Council, and takes over from Nigel Thorne as the head of the chartered body for landscape architects.

New President for Landscape Institute.

Bremerton Hosts National Urban Waterfront Redevelopment Conference

Community leaders and experts from across North America will convene in Bremerton for the city’s first Urban Waterfront Revitalization Conference to be held Sept. 10-12 at Kitsap Conference Center at Bremerton Harborside.

For more information about the conference and how to register, visit  Urban Waterfront Revitalization or  www.ci.bremerton.wa.us and click the Urban Waterfront Revitalization tab.

SOURCE: Businesswire.com – Bremerton Hosts National Urban Waterfront Redevelopment Conference.

You won’t see the dereliction for the trees – Scotsman.com News

THIRTEEN million trees have been planted halfway through an ambitious 20-year plan to transform an area of Scotland the size of Greater London by covering a fifth of it with woodland.
The charity behind the scheme says the Central Scotland Forest is taking the form and significance envisaged.

Read more @ the SOURCE:  Scotsman.com  – You won’t see the dereliction for the trees -

Moving Downtown to save on car costs

The Associated Press and other news outlets have reported over the last few weeks on the growing trend for young people and empty nesters moving downtown in major cities across the USA to save on fuel costs and to reduce their travel time.

The other growing trend is more people opting to use public transport to get to work whether it be driving to a station and riding to work.

Both of these shifts in commuter patterns is due to fuel however it is not solely in the USA, across Europe and Asis are changing their habits however many governments have been left lagging on public transport as they never anticipated a huge spike in oil. 

Let’s hope this shift to downtown living and use of public transport stays for the long term and creates more livable walkable cities.

The reference SOURCE: Associated Press – Renters go downtown to save on gas, commuting

Disney still in negotiations for Shanghai Park

According to Wall Street Journal the village of Jinjia on the far eastern side of Shanghai is getting ready to be relocated as Disney continues negotiations on opening a theme park by 2012.

Disney Hong Kong has been open almost 3 years however has had mixed reviews due to its size and that the theme park was not adjusted to Chinese tastes. It will be interesting to see if Disney has learnt from HK Disney and create a Disney World Florida sized park on the Mainland.

Read the Wall Street Journal Article for more information

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