Need for green farming schemes in England

Natural England has published a report titled “Agri-environment schemes in England 2009: A review of results and effectiveness”, the report draws on research from the entire 22-year history of the schemes and analyses the impact they have made on England’s farmed environment.

Poul Christensen, Acting Chairman of Natural England, said: “This report provides conclusive proof that agri-environment schemes have again and again demonstrated their value as a fundamental part of the farmed landscape. They have successfully combined the twin goals of caring for the environment and maintaining food production. As well as sustaining our wildlife and heritage, they help combat climate change, educate our children, and deliver local investment and jobs.

To view the full report and summary please visit

SOURCE: Natural England

4 Asean capitals join forces to turn ‘green’

Bangkok Post reports

Jakarta, Manila, Vientiane and Bangkok have agreed to move towards becoming green cities and join forces to fight climate change.

Representatives from the four cities have also adopted the draft founding declaration of the “Cool Asean, Green Capitals Initiative” aimed at improving the urban landscape of Southeast Asia’s major cities to cope with the impact of climate change.

Bangkok Post – 4 Asean capitals join forces to turn ‘green’

Delhi lagging behing other cities

The Times of India reports

The Capital has failed to show the way as Delhi is lagging way behind other metros when it comes to execution of path-breaking reforms under Jawaharlal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM), aimed at revamping infrastructure and urban governance in cities.

Delhi does figure along with 47 cities, including Chennai, Kolkata and Greater Mumbai, in undertaking revision of building bye-laws for mandatory rainwater harvesting in all buildings. Mumbai, facing huge water crisis specially in summers, has failed to meet this important reform condition.

read more at the SOURCE: The Times of IndiaIn urban reforms, Delhi’s a laggard – India –

Elements of Urban Agriculture – Jason King

Jason King, is a Senior Associate at Greenworks and an enthusiastic landscape architect who shares his passionate views at his sites Landscape+Urbanism and veg.itecture. He is also a member of the Sustainable Sites Technical Advisory Group (see our interview). He has has just posted Elements of Urban Agriculture on his blog Landscape+Urbanism.  His post is a great summary of a ideas of a lecture he attended given by Marc Boucher-Colbert.

Jason goes through all the ideas of Urban Agriculture and gives a synopsis of each one.

WPA 2.0 SYMPOSIUM – 16th November

WPA 2.0 SYMPOSIUM at The National Building Museum
401 F Street NW Washington, DC 20001
– Red Line Metro, Judiciary Square
November 16th – 10 AM to 6 PM

SCHEDULE of events:

Keynote: Ron Sims
Deputy Secretary, Department of Housing and Urban Development

Presentations by the six WPA 2.0 finalists

Keynote: Adolfo Carrion
Director, Office of Urban Affairs

Jury Discussion with
Stan Allen, Cecil Balmond, Elizabeth Diller,
Walter Hood, Thom Mayne, and Marilyn Taylor

Policymaker Panel with
Julia Anastasio, American Public Works Association (invited)
Casey Jones, GSA Design Excellence Program
Maurice Cox, NEA
David Burney, NYC Department of Design and Construction
Moderator: Bill Menking, Publisher, The Architect’s Newspaper

followed by the Announcement of WPA 2.0 and WPA 2.0 (SE) Winners

REGISTER on-line now –

Full Day non-National Building Museum Members $100 lunch and reception included
Full Day National Building Museum Members $90 lunch and reception included
Full Day Student Registration $60 lunch and reception included
Half-Day Professional Registration $60 2:00 – 6:00pm reception included

WORLD LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT is not involved with this Event please contact WPA 2.0 organisers

Scotland’s flowers under threat

BBC NEWS reports

One in four species of wild flower in Scotland is under threat according to the campaign group Plantlife Scotland.
Among those flowers most at risk are the corn marigold, heath cudweed, and the lesser butterfly orchid.
The group said the most significant declines are taking place in uplands and farmlands.

Read more at the [SOURCE: BBC NEWS – Under threat: Scotland’s flowers]

Vectorworks gets European versions

Nemetschek North America announced recently that they have released a European versions of Vectorworks 2010 software and are now available in Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Belgium, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands.

“Our localized version is developed by Nemetschek North America, and then enhanced by us to meet the local requirements in our country,” explains Carlos Lüthy, CEO of ComputerWorks GmbH, Germany. “This year there has been much excitement and anticipation about the Vectorworks 2010 line of products, as this version is already getting rave reviews in the English-speaking countries.”

The English-language versions of the Vectorworks 2010 product line were released in the U.S., Canada, U.K., Australia, New Zealand, and other international markets on September 15, 2009.


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