Outdoor living areas all the rage : Home & Garden : The Rocky Mountain News

The days of spending six digits to remodel that kitchen are over.

Landscape architects are seeing a change in the way people are using their hard-earned money: In the coming decade, they’ll spend their cash (and their time) on the outdoor “great room.”

Erase the image of a simple patio with a few potted plants scattered around. Today, outdoor living is less about communing with nature and more about cooking, entertaining and relaxing outside with family and friends.

Read more @ the SOURCE: The Rocky Mountain NewsOutdoor living areas all the rage : Home & Garden :

City celebrates new environmentally friendly parking lot – NWAnews.com

The team behind an environmentally sensitive parking lot at Gulley Park hopes it example for developers and builders, encouraging them to use stormwater management practices that protect water quality rather than harm it.

The city of Fayetteville partnered with the Uni- will be an versity of Arkansas Department of Landscape Architecture and the Arkansas Forestry Commission to build the 30-space parking lot with four bioswales located on the south and southwest sides of the lot and the center island.

Bioswales are designed to treat runoff water, trapping pollutants and silt, before the water flows into the watershed.

Read more @ the SOURCE: NWAnews.com :: Northwest Arkansas’ News.

Majority Of Scots Values Scotlands Wild Places And Wants Action To Protect Them

IT’S WILD, it’s out there and it matters to almost everybody, even if they hardly ever see it. Scotland’s remote and untamed mountains, moors and glens have been given overwhelming backing in a major new poll for the conservation agency, Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH).

Over 90% of people interviewed said they thought it important for Scotland to have wild places. Of the 1304 who were questioned, only six suggested wild land was not important.

More than 60% of Scottish residents said that action was needed to protect wild areas from being damaged by modern buildings, bulldozed tracks, mobile phone masts, electricity pylons or wind turbines. About 50% thought that wild places were under threat.

SOURCE: Sunday Herald – Majority Of Scots Values Scotlands Wild Places And Wants Action To Protect Them

The hills of the future – BBC News

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 .

Shrinking public spaces in cities

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.

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