Public Open Space becoming more of an issue in Hong Kong

The South China Morning Post had articles and editorial on Public Open Space provided by Developers.

The subtext to the controversy over the lack of public access to open space on private or commercial estates is a familiar one – suspicions of greedy developers, in collusion with the government, exploiting valuable public space for their own use. This is probably not the case, but the way developers have been able to camouflage these premises for private use is a clear sign that the system has not worked in the public interest. …

Also discussed in another article was the prohibitive cost of residents maintaining Public Open Space within their compounds. Discussion occurred about various developments in HK that had reduced access to Public Open Space in compounds due to high cost of maintenance and nuisance issues.

Source SCMP.com (Subscription ONLY) – the online edition of South China Morning Post, Hong Kong’s premier English-language newspaper.

Can eco-density be beautiful? – Crosscut Seattle

Can eco-density be beautiful? By Adele Weder

Vancouver, B.C. wrestles with how to make new buildings and greater density produce better, less uniform architecture. It turns out nobody has a very clear image of what that would look like.

…..Nobody has a clue what an eco-dense city will actually look like — or even what we want it to look like. New York? Shanghai? Disneyland?

At this and other eco-density public hearings, presenter and star eco-densifier Peter Busby has brandished a freshly produced, beautiful little booklet entitled mdash; what else? mdash; “Busby on Eco-Density,” as he offered an impassioned manifesto. The booklet contains clear and attractive illustrations of what Vancouver might “look like” under varying degrees of eco-density mdash; but in the abstract.

Source: Crosscut Seattle – Can eco-density be beautiful?.

Editors Note: The article is well written and well worth the read

Tishman Speyer selected for Hudson Railyards


Tishman Speyer, owner of such New York landmarks as Rockefeller Center and the Chrysler Center, will transform the West Side Yards into a vibrant neighborhood and commercial center on Manhattan’s Far West Side.

Founded and headquartered in New York, Tishman Speyer, along with the world’s leading architects, will convert a desolate rail yard into a thriving community complete with acres of green parks and gardens, distinctive residential buildings, striking commercial towers, and exciting retail shops, restaurants, and cultural venues.

Design Team includes:

Murphy/Jahn Architects
Master Plan Architect

PWP Landscape Architecture
Landscape Architect

Cooper-Robertson
Master Planner

Image Credits: Tishman Speyer
Source: Tishman Speyer –
Hudson Yards

UPDATE: RMJM Program with Harvard

RMJM, an international architecture firm with U.S. headquarters in New York City, and Harvard University Graduate School of Design will announced on March 17 the launch of a $2 million program aimed at tackling a global shortage of architects.

RMJM’s $1.5 million donation, matched by another $500,000 from Harvard, establishes the “RMJM Program for Research and Education in Integrated Design Practice,” which aims to stem a “brain drain” in the design and construction industry. It is the one of the largest cash donation received by the Harvard since a donation from The Aga Khan in 1999.

Source: RMJM Hillier 

 

Low-risk landscaping: It’s time to turf the toxins

Meg Sears reports on the pesticides and the downsides to using them to maintain your lawn and laws in Ontario.

Not everyone shares my joy with all flowers. Many people maintain gorgeous lawns by optimizing the conditions for growing grass and letting the plants and insects fight it out. With good agronomy in your corner, the grass will win. But others feel that synthetic pesticides are needed to maintain their sward. That option may end soon, if the provincial government passes legislation to ensure that only least-toxic options are available for sale and use in Ontario.

Read more at the Source: globeandmail.com: Low-risk landscaping: It’s time to turf the toxins.

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