Auckland’s First Shared Space Street 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 the functions of a street. Through specific design, management and maintenance, streets that incorporate shared space improve the environment for people, without needing to ban traffic.

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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, 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

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

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Scientists unveil plant DNA barcode

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 from a small section of their DNA, is already well-established, the system has until now not worked for plant species.

SOURCE: Telegraph – Scientists unveil plant DNA barcode

StossLU installs Stockpile in Cambridge

STOSS LU - Stock-Pile - Image: Jared May SOURCE: Harvard GSD

STOSS LU - Stock-Pile - Image: Jared May SOURCE: Harvard GSD

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, as part of the Tenth Anniversary Celebration of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, October 2009. The design and installation of Stock-Pile was completed in 7 days.

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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]


Australia Will Invest $2.4 Billion To Modernize Perth Airport

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 Airport’s contribution to the WA economy is expected to reach $5 billion by 2029, with the number of direct and indirect jobs supported set to double to 37,000.

SOURCE: Australia Government

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