Urban forest grows in Soweto

April 15, 2008,AEDT

The target is to plant 200 000 trees in dry and dusty Soweto by the end of the year. Already well on the way, City Parks has a number of tree-planting projects on the go. WITH thousands more trees being planted in the dusty, denuded areas of Soweto, this area | Read More

CABE – Designing streets for people – not traffic

April 15, 2008,AEDT

Most streets in this country are failing pedestrians, and need to become destinations again, and not simply ways of getting traffic from A to B. Radical new thinking in urban street design may point the way forward. Civilised streets, a new report from CABE, sets out the opportunities and challenges | Read More

BWTC spins turbines for the first time

April 14, 2008,AEDT

The Atkins designed Bahrain World Trade Center (BWTC) made history last week as the turbines on this pioneering project turned together for the first time. The three 29m-diameter turbine blades on Bahrain’s iconic landmark are the first in the world to be integrated on such a scale into a commercial | Read More

Playing with different spaces

April 7, 2008,AEDT

An abandoned municipal area, alongside a neglected backyard in Bat Yam, has been turned into a blossoming garden over the past three weeks, serving dozens of the city’s residents: pensioners, new immigrants, solitary people and families. “We decided to do some recycling in an unused area of the city, to | Read More

Urban agriculture exploding in Vancouver

April 6, 2008,AEDT

As our cities grew and our housing settlements changed, we began to separate the places where we live from the places where food is grown. The average North American food item now travels 1,500 kilometres to reach the grocery store shelves. The quest for a more sustainable way of living | Read More

15 locations shortlisted for next stage of eco-towns programme – UK

April 5, 2008,AEDT

The country’s first eco-towns took a step closer to becoming reality today as Housing Minister Caroline Flint today announced 15 potential locations will go forward to the next stage, providing the opportunity for a major boost in affordable housing across the country whilst tackling climate change. Housing Minister Caroline Flint | Read More

Landscape Institute – Draft Position Statement on Climate Change

April 2, 2008,AEDT

Following on from the success of our annual conference on the subject of climate change last November, the Landscape Institute’s Policy Committee and members of staff from the Secretariat have been working to develop our draft Position Statement on this theme. Please help us ensure that the final Position Statement | Read More

Can eco-density be beautiful? – Crosscut Seattle

March 29, 2008,AEDT

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 | Read More

China’s Three Gorges Dam: An Environmental Catastrophe? – Scientific American

March 27, 2008,AEDT

For over three decades, the Chinese government has dismissed warnings from scientists and environmentalists that its Three Gorges Dam—the world’s largest—had the potential of becoming one of China’s biggest environmental nightmares. Read more @ China’s Three Gorges Dam: An Environmental Catastrophe? Source: Scientific American.

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