Montreal transforms a dump into a park

November 18, 2009,AEDT

Montrealers are enjoying St.Michel Environmental Complex, a former quarry and garbage dump that is a park-in-progress. The site is being transformed from wasteland into a new green park, gone are the trucks, the seagulls and smelly garbage. Currently the park is being capped with building rubble and soil. The park | Read More

Michigan school creates sustainable architecture program

November 17, 2009,AEDT

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 | Read More

Auckland’s First Shared Space Street

November 17, 2009,AEDT

Voxy.co.nz reports The final concept design for the upgrade of Elliott Street in Auckland’s CBD has been approved by two Auckland City Council committees, for what will become Auckland’s first shared space street. Shared space is at the forefront of international urban design and aims to combine rather than separate | Read More

The State of Town Planning in Ghana

November 17, 2009,AEDT

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 | Read More

Scientists unveil plant DNA barcode

November 16, 2009,AEDT

Telegraph reports Scientists meeting at the third International Barcode of Life conference in Mexico City last week have agreed on a region of DNA that will be used to identify plants by genus in a new system of codification. Although genetic “barcoding” of animals, which allows scientists to identify animals | Read More

StossLU installs Stockpile in Cambridge

November 16, 2009,AEDT

Recently, Stoss Landscape Urbanism—firm of Chris Reed, Design Critic in Landscape Architecture, installed Stock-Pile in Radcliffe Yard, Cambridge, MA. Harvard GSD reports The project was commissioned by Barbara J. Grosz, Dean of the Radcliffe Institute and Higgins Professor of Natural Sciences at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, | Read More

Masdar to use more PV’s to power city

November 12, 2009,AEDT

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 | Read More

Australia Will Invest $2.4 Billion To Modernize Perth Airport

November 12, 2009,AEDT

Perth Airport is a vital part of the Western Australian and national economy. In response to Perth’s growing need for modern, well-planned aviation infrastructure, the Master Plan sets out a ten-year, $2.4 billion investment program which includes the phased relocation of all regular passenger services to the International Precinct. Perth | Read More

Spacing goes underground to think differently about public spaces

November 12, 2009,AEDT

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 | Read More

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