Playground to be designed by game designer

October 29, 2009,AEDT

In recent News via Guardian newspaper a game designer, Keita Takahashi will be working with Nottingham City Council and its landscape architect to come up with a playground design for Woodthorpe Grange Park. SOURCE: Guardian.co.uk Ed note: I think this will offer a new perspective on playground design. Hopefully, this | Read More

Landscaping With a Lighter Touch – NYTimes.com

October 29, 2009,AEDT

A recent article by William L. Hamilton at the New York Times about landscaping enhancing property values interviewed some landscape architects and clients and many drew the conclusion that people are heading towards more low maintenance gardens with few features. Out with the outdoor kitchen and in with the kitchen garden. More | Read More

Autodesk App for iPhone/iPod touch

October 24, 2009,AEDT

Own an iPhone or an iPod touch? Well I just came across a new app from Autodesk Sketchbook Mobile(link to Autodeskpage) that enables you to sketch ideas or even full sketches.The app is based on the Autodesk Sketchbook Pro application (RRP$100USD). Looking at the this app I thought that could | Read More

Dieback threat to WA plant species

October 23, 2009,AEDT

PerthNow reports DIEBACK is threatening 40 per cent of South-West native plants species and has pushed some toward extinction, scientists warn. Department of Environment and Conservation says a destructive pathogen which causes Phytophora dieback, known as the biological bulldozer, is spread through soil, water and plant tissue. read the full | Read More

Design It: Shelter Competition Winners announced

October 22, 2009,AEDT

Over the course of the summer, Design It: Shelter Competition received submissions from people in 68 countries for a total of nearly 600 entries that met competition requirements. On the occasion of the Guggenheim Museum’s 50th Anniversary, we are pleased to announce the two winning entries: David Mares’s CBS – | Read More

Singapore conserving biodiversity well: Expert

October 22, 2009,AEDT

asiaone reports SINGAPORE is taking a unique approach to conserving its biodiversity and is doing well, an expert said yesterday. Unlike many other countries, it makes its natural biodiversity accessible to the public through nature parks such as Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve and parks in urban areas, said Harvard physician | Read More

Growers’ markets taking root in inner Sydney

October 21, 2009,AEDT

Central Sydney(Newspaper) reports “The plan is to make Chippendale into an urban farm with food available where we live and work and even growing vines on otherwise hot empty walls,” Mr Mobbs said. Meanwhile, more than half the land used by Sydney’s market gardens is likely to disappear under developers | Read More

Flawed urban planning in Bangalore impedes night life

October 21, 2009,AEDT

Improper planning and undefined demarcations for business and residential areas in Bangalore is one of the main reasons that impedes the existence of a vibrant night life in the city, said Shankar Bidari, Police Commissioner, Bangalore. via Flawed urban planning impeding night life.

Project to create wetland habitat – BBC

October 21, 2009,AEDT

BBC NEWS reports Conservationists at the Skinflats RSPB sanctuary, near Falkirk, are preparing to allow sea water to flood the site. They hope to create saline pools and salt marshes, boosting the the number of birds and otters on the reserve. The £150,000 project is also designed to alleviate pressure | Read More

Green Building’s Open-Source Push

October 19, 2009,AEDT

BusinessWeek reports Green building geeks now have a more powerful tool for developing next-gen building designs with minimal environmental impact. Software engineers at the Energy Dept.’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) launched this week an update of their plug-in for Sketch Up, open-source 3D building modeling tool. With a growing | Read More

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