Michigan school creates sustainable architecture program

design-training.com reports

Michigan”s Ferris State University has announced plans to introduce a new undergraduate degree program in sustainable design.

Beginning in fall 2010, the Bachelor of Science in architecture and sustainability program, a degree offered through the school”s College of Engineering Technology, will create nine new courses focusing exclusively on ecological building strategies and implementation in addition to the traditional architectural course curriculum.

[SOURCE: design-training.com]

Landscape Architecture professor travels North America studying urban agriculture

Professor Karen Landman, a landscape architecture professor from University of Guelph recently travelled across North America to study Urban Agriculture. Travelling some 18,000 kilometres(11,185 km) across western USA and Canada to see how food was grown commercially in cities.

University of Guelph has a full interview with Professor Karen Landman about her travels what she learnt.

[SOURCE: University of Guelph] via City Farmer News

An Urban Agriculture Symposium is being held at the University of Guelph at the Arboretum on Friday 20 November from 8:30am to 5:30pm at which Professor Karen Landman will give a lecture along with other presenters. However, the cut off date for registration was last Friday, 13th November.

The State of Town Planning in Ghana

Accra

Accra, Ghana - Image via Wikipedia

Kwadwo (Kojo) Fordjour, AICP has written a great article published at Ghana Web which looks at the state of Town Planning in Ghana. Ghana has a population of 22 million with 385 towns and cities, however there is little planning and few universities offering courses in Town Planning. Kwadwo states that the envisioned plan for Ghana for 2015 will be dream unless planning is made the focus of the vision.

Kwadwo also gives an overview of how the APA is assisting Ghana by providing USA tours and job training to members of the GIP. If you are interested in learning more about how you can help they can be contacted via fordjourk@msn.com

To read the article that inspired this post go to article at the [SOURCE: Ghana Web]


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Masdar to use more PV’s to power city

Solar power plant (Serpa, Portugal)

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With the recent drop in costs for photovoltaics (PV) and the effect of dust and haze on solar-thermal technology(the technology originally planned) has caused a rethink in supplying energy to Masdar. The utilities management company has decided to use 50% photovoltaics and 50% solar thermal due to costs. Although photovoltaics produce 20% less energy than solar thermal they will cost 33% less to install. The use of solar power will cost more than 2.5 times the cost per kwh than the current method generating energy via natural gas.

via the [SOURCE: The National]

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Spacing goes underground to think differently about public spaces

Spacing.ca a great magazine and blogs from Toronto and Montreal.

Recently on the latest episode of their radio show (Spacing Radio) went underground into Montreal’s sewer system and look at how Vancouver’s is allowing residents to garden green strips and traffic circles (Ed: sort of a controlled guerilla gardening) to think about public spaces differently.

Its an interesting listen and worth checking every two weeks to see what the latest conversation Spacing Radio is having about Canada and its spaces. Also you can subscribe to the podcasts on the iTunes store.

Go to Spacing Radio to listen to the latest episode.

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