‘Superblocks add to green space’ – The Jakarta Post

Public parks within superblocks run by private developers can alleviate the lack of green public space and help urban revitalization, an expert said Friday.

“The city administration needs to revitalize the city but doesn’t have the cash. So permitting private superblocks is a part of urban revitalization,” University of Indonesia economist Faisal Basri said at the launch of Podomoro City, a superblock in Tanjung Duren, West Jakarta.

SOURCE: The Jakarta Post – ‘Superblocks add to green space’.

Shanghai closes in on green roof target – China Daily

Shanghai is well on the way to turning most of its rooftops green.

The Shanghai landscaping administration bureau said Monday that so far more than 95,000 sq m of rooftops have been covered in grass and shrubs, very close to the annual target of 100,000 sq m. The city will spend 5 million yuan ($710,000) this year on the campaign.

SOURCE: China Daily – Shanghai closes in on green roof target.

Summer Street- NYC – a great success

Summer Streets is a 6.9mile car free route through one of busiest and congested cities in the world – New York. The route stretches from Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park and connections to the Hudson River Greenway, allowing participants to plan a long or short route through Manhattan.

The first Summer Streets occured last Saturday from 7:00 am – 1:00 pm and will occur again for the next two Saturdays.

Read more at NYC.gov or about last weekends event at New York Times

A DIY Guide To Building A Green Roof Hits The Virtual Shelves.

London, England. Two of the UK’s leading proponents of green roofs have teamed up to produce ‘THE DIY GUIDE TO GREEN & LIVING ROOFS’ – a guide aimed at individuals with a Do-It-Yourself inclination along with those having trouble persuading local contractors to take up the challenge of installing a green roof on their behalf.

‘The DIY Guide to Green & Living Roofs’ is available to buy in eBook formats at http://www.livingroofs.org/DIY_Guide_intro.html for GBP 11.65.

SOURCE: PressZoom.com – Global News Service – News and Press Release Distribution.

Lisbon developers waiting for buildings to be condemned

The Portugal Resident reports that “HUNDREDS OF Lisbon city centre buildings are standing empty because owners don’t have the money to do them up.

Despite being granted planning permission for improvements and change of use, many 19th and early 20th century buildings remain in a dilapidated and rundown state because the owners believe it is cheaper to wait until they have to be torn down and sell the land on to developers….”

Read more @ the SOURCE: The Online Resident – online edition of The Resident – Algarve and Lisbon Edition – News, information and classifieds.

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