Chicago’s Alleys Turning Green

A new initiative will help make Chicago’s 1,900 miles (3,000 kilometers) of alleyways more sustainable. The miniature streets behind homes and buildings, used mainly for garbage collection and parking access, keep main roads cleaner and less congested but are prone to flooding. The city’s innovative Green Alley Program promotes improved construction techniques and materials that can improve drainage, reduce runoff, and relieve strain on the city.

Environmental News Network: Chicago’s Alleys Turning Green.

Granton Harbour ‘like a dreary Beijing estate’

GRANTON Harbour has received the dubious honour of being shortlisted for the notorious ‘Plook on the Plinth’ award.

Judges compared the waterfront development to a “dreary market-driven estate” in Beijing, rather than the iconic project that developers envisaged.

It also features on the shortlist for the Worst Planning Decision in the 2008 Carbuncle Awards, which aim to find Scotland’s ugliest developments. – Granton Harbour ‘like a dreary Beijing estate’.

Poor urban planning making Kenya become one big slum

By 2012 it is estimated that 65 per cent of Kenya’s population will be living in urban areas. This is also in line with global trends where actually the majority of the world’s population will be living in urban centres in the next 10 or so years. Poor urban planning making the country become one big slum.

Abu Dhabi urban planning council demonstrates progress plan for 2030

The Urban Planning Council (UPC) of Abu Dhabi held a press conference today to showcase the milestones achieved on the Shahama – Saadiyat highway, which will link Abu Dhabi Island, Shahama through Yas and Saadiyat Island.

As the capital enters its next phase of development and regeneration, it is critical that there is cooperation at every level to address the infrastructure requirements that the development will create. Working in conjunction with the private sector including ALDAR, Tourism Development & Invesment Company (TDIC), as well as the Department of Transport, UPC has quickly formed a consortium of experts to construct the Shahama – Saadiyat highway, which is expected to be completed in summer 2009. urban planning council demonstrates progress on abu dhabi plan 2030.

Metro: Integrating Habitats. A design competition.

Integrating Habitats. A design competition.

Planning and stewardship › Land and development › Nature-friendly development › Integrating Habitats. A design competition.

Integrating Habitats calls for innovative, visionary design proposals that combine design excellence, ecological stewardship and economic enterprise.

Metro: Integrating Habitats. A design competition..

£1 Billion Golf Course trumped by the local Council

‘Donald’s Trumptown dream in the dunes is dented by conservationist councillors’

DONALD Trump’s dream of building the world’s greatest golf course in Scotland, his mother’s homeland, lay in ruins last night after it was rejected by local councillors.

more at The Scotsman

AIA – Green Building Report

‘Cities with Green Building Programs Have Increased More Than 400% since 2003’

American Institute of Architects report spotlights geographic breakdown, case study examples and recommendations for local program development

Washington, D.C., November 28, 2007 — Since 2003 the number of cities with green building programs has risen from 22 to 92 for an increase of 418%. In an effort to examine the eco-friendly initiatives of U.S. cities, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) commissioned a study of communities with populations of greater than 50,000 to spotlight the growth and effectiveness of green building policies. The report, Local Leaders in Sustainability, analyzed 661 communities’ best practices, strategies and trends, as well as provides recommendations for cities that are looking to implement green building programs.

Key findings:

• 1 in 7 cities surveyed currently have green building programs
• Number improves to 1 in 5 by next year with current projections
• 39% of citizens live in cities with green building programs
• 36 cities are in an advanced stage of developing a green building program

Click here for regional breakdown and case study examples in full report