State’s wildflowers rise to new role – OrlandoSentinel.com

A new grant is helping a budding industry in Florida take root. The $50,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will pay for new equipment and marketing for wildflower growers, who are currently harvesting and cleaning tiny seeds as they build their young industry.

Now, with rising gas prices and shrinking water supplies, wildflowers provide a low-impact alternative for landscaping lawns. State transportation officials are gunning for the locally produced seeds to replace grass along highways — mowing is expensive.

For years the state has planted wildflowers along highways, but they usually don’t grow back so they’re replanted annually. Now the focus is on getting wildflowers to reseed themselves — something locally produced seeds help with — and preserving existing stands along the roadways. Areas with flowers require less mowing and can save money — it costs about $250 to mow a mile of highway.

State’s wildflowers rise to new role — OrlandoSentinel.com.

Urban Splash founders sell 24 per cent to managers

The founders of property developer Urban Splash are to sell off almost a quarter of the company’s equity to its management team and have agreed a refinancing deal with three banks worth £125m.

Chairman Tom Bloxham and chief executive Jonathan Falkingham are selling 24 per cent of the shares to seven of its most senior staff, who will be given the option of buying between one and five per cent for an undisclosed price.

SOURCE: Crain’s Manchester BusinessUrban Splash founders sell 24 per cent to managers –

A pedestrian-friendly city – Daily News & Analysis

Faizan Jawed, 22, is not too excited about the increase in the number of malls and multiplexes dotting the city’s landscape lately. Unlike people his age, he believes that the “horrid architecture of these places is killing the city.” But unlike many, he wants to do something about it; and his ideas have won him a prestigious prize.

Jawed has been awarded the 6000 pound (approximately Rs 5 lakhs) RIBA Norman Foster Travelling Scholarship, named after the internationally renowned architect and administered by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), which will help him study pioneering sustainable infrastructure projects across three continents. His prize winning research proposal was ‘The Role of Public Transport in Shaping Sustainable Human Habitats,’ in which, he suggests ways to make Mumbai a pedestrian and cycling friendly city.

Source: DNA – Daily News & Analysis – Mumbai – A pedestrian-friendly city

Smith & Gill wins Dubai deal – Chicago Business News

Prominent architect Adrian Smith has won a commission to design a $7-billion mixed-use development in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, a lucrative assignment likely to fuel rapid growth at his two-year-old firm.

Read more @ the SOURCE: Chicago Business News Smith & Gill wins Dubai deal .

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

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