The City of Ottawa is going online with all major development applications in an effort to increase transparency and build public confidence in the planning-approval process.
As of Tuesday morning, citizens can go on the city’s website and see all of the current development applications and supporting studies for everything from zoning changes that allow taller buildings to site plan applications that show exactly how a building project will be laid out.
Read more @ the Source: Ottawa Citizen – Canada.com – City puts development applications online
Major construction projects produce hundreds of tons of rubble and spoil, but is there an environmentally-friendly alternative to landfill? Four hills which have sprung up on the outskirts of London provide the answer.
For years large quantities of it ended up simply being dumped in landfill sites.
But now, in a more environmentally-conscious age, imaginative solutions are being provided and one of the most innovative has taken shape beside the A40, the main road leading from London out towards Oxford and Birmingham.
Eight years ago Ealing Council wanted to redevelop a 45 acre (18.5 hectare) area of derelict parkland in Northolt, which had become an eyesore.
They recruited a firm of consultants, led by landscape architect Peter Fink, who came up with a solution which included the creation of four man-made hills on the south side of the carriageway. It would become part of a park called Northala Fields.
Source: BBC NEWS – UK – Magazine – The hills of the future – Chris Summers .
A major new campaign to address the severe shortage of landscape architects will be launched next week.
The Landscape Institute – the chartered body for landscape architects – will promote the benefits of the profession to young people aged between 11 and 18.
Landscape architects work on a massive range of projects from master planning the 2012 London Olympic site to creating public squares, gardens and parks across the country. They are also playing an increasing role in tackling climate change and building sustainable communities.
At the heart of the campaign, backed by Government advisors CABE Space, will be the launch of a new website, iwanttobealandscapearchitect.com, which will be unveiled at a special event in central London on 14 May.
Source: Landscape Institute: Shortage of landscape architects to be tackled in major new campaign.
China Architectural Engineering, Inc. (CAE) (AMEX:RCH), a leader in the design, engineering, fabrication and installation of high-end building envelope solution systems, today announced that it has been awarded its first project in the United States, an $11.6 million contract to supply and install the curtain wall for a 21-story luxury condominium project in New York City.
CAE has already begun initial work on the project and expects to have it completed by mid-2009. The Company expects to recognize revenues from the project in various stage payments between the second quarters of 2008 and 2009.
Source : Businesswire.com – China Architectural Engineering Announces First Contract in United States Valued at $11.6 Million.
MANY INDIAN cities do not have public spaces worth their names. Most of the open grounds in urban areas have been converted into stadiums, corporate blocks etc. Space should be such where citizens can gather for conviviality without being bothered by honking of horns.
It is a distressing reality of urban India that open public spaces are being converted into enclosed stadiums, sporting arena or shopping plazas. Earlier, these places were available as neighborhood grounds in till few years ago but have shrunk at an alarming speed.
While in developed countries these spaces are converted into urban settlements for citizenry, the haphazard urban growth in our country has put so much pressure on land that not a small piece of land seems left for any other purpose than commercial or exclusive uses.
Read more @ the SOURCE: merinews.com – Shrinking public spaces in cities.