GRAND RAPIDS — It hasn’t taken long for some of the much-touted environmentally friendly features of Rapid Central Station to lose their green.
Rapid officials Wednesday approved spending $220,000 to replace the station’s green roof and $160,000 to replace the fiberoptic lighting that gives the Teflon canopy over its bus terminal a distinctive nighttime glow.
Officials say the green roof covered with sedum — a live Alpine plant that absorbs water — simply hasn’t thrived since it was installed in 2004.
Officials say they have worked with local horticulturists for the past three years and have determined the synthetic material for the plants isn’t deep enough. They also said the fiber optic lighting over the LEED-certified bus terminal costs far more than expected.
Rapid Central Station’s green roof will be replaced – mlive.com.
It’s time to shake up and rearrange Greater Toronto.
At Queen’s Park, the City of Toronto hardly exists. It’s being absorbed into the “Greater Golden Horseshoe,” an urban mass that sprawls from Brighton up through Orillia and down through the Niagara Peninsula.
Read more @ TheStar.com - No way to run a modern city.
BETH Morgan is the Britney Spears of the planning world.
The former Wollongong City Council planning officer’s sad story of self-destruction will serve as a cautionary tale to men and women in town planning courses across the country. Hopefully, they don’t need the lesson. Their carefully structured undergraduate or postgraduate degrees will have covered the ABCs of public office, along with the technicalities of development assessment and urban design.
Most people have an abstract understanding of the serious games of power, money and politics that arise whenever the public sector makes decisions about the use of land, potentially conferring multimillion-dollar windfalls on lucky landholders or developers.
But applying this abstract awareness to the decision-making process structured by planning law requires a level of professional training and responsibility. It’s risky to assume that it can be learned on the job.
Planning without the greed | The Australian.
Whether he’s designing £100m flats or creating affordable housing for all, Richard Rogers has just one mission: to make everyone’s life more enjoyable
Jonathan Glancey meets Richard Rogers | Art & Architecture | guardian.co.uk Arts.