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The European Union is asking Spain why one of its precious wetland reserves has been allowed to dry up so much that the peat which lies beneath the surface is on fire.
Ecologists blame the mismanagement of water resources and over-irrigation for the environmental tragedy in the Tablas de Daimiel National Park, which is part of a UNESCO biosphere and has EU protection.
Read more at the [SOURCE: Aljazeera.net – Burning issue of Spain’s wetlands]
Related article Spanish wetland facing destruction – [guardian.co.uk]
Toronto has won its bid to host the 2015 Pan Am Games – meaning that Scarborough will have a new LRT line servicing Malvern, and the Scarborough Campus of the University of Toronto will be home to a new-state-of-the-art aquatics centre and athletic facility.
read more at the [SOURCE: InsideToronto Article: Toronto awarded 2015 Pan Am Games]
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AECOM Technology Corporation (NYSE: ACM), a leading provider of
professional technical and management support services for government
and commercial clients around the world, announced today that it has won
key contracts worth US$60 million from the Hong Kong Special
Administrative Region to provide infrastructure design and construction
supervision consulting services for the landmark Kai Tak redevelopment
The aim of the effort is to transform the old Kai Tak Airport site into
a vibrant community supported by a variety of commercial, social and
recreational facilities. AECOM’s work will encompass urban design;
landscape, road, drainage and sewerage works; sewage pumping stations;
water supply systems; and dredging and treatment of contaminated
“We are proud to contribute our expertise to this landmark project,”
said John M. Dionisio, AECOM president and chief executive officer.
“This exciting project provides an excellent example of how AECOM is
able to leverage our global expertise and presence to serve our clients.”
Construction is scheduled to be implemented in phases during 2011. The
project’s public park is expected to be completed during 2012, while the
overall effort is scheduled to be completed during 2018.
Hanoi, a constant construction site – IMAGE SOURCE: Flickr – seier+seier+seier
Nhan Dan reports
The Prime Minister of Vietnam – Nguyen Tan Dung stressed that urban planning must be precise and scientific to ensure sustainable development while receiving a delegation of the Vietnam Urban Development Planning Association (VUDPA) led by its President Nguyen The Ba in Hanoi on November 5.
[SOURCE: Nhan Dan — News]
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A developer was ordered to pay a $250,000 settlement for draining a wetland near Cabrillo Mobile Home Park in Huntington Beach. The developer must also restore the environmentally sensitive area. The settlement will be paid to coastal regulators. The developer was attempting to build a parking lot in place of the wetland.
read more at the [SOURCE: latimes.com Developer ordered to pay settlement for draining Huntington Beach wetland]
The Naples Botanical Garden (that WLA previously reported on) will be officially opened to the public at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 14, 2009.
“This is the world’s first significant tropical botanical garden to open in decades and the only garden in the U.S. with a superstar design team,” Holley commented. “They have created a world-class tropical paradise that is not
only a sensory delight but also a place for recreation, reflection and education for today and generations to come.” The cost for this phase of the Garden’s development is $36 million.
Several Gardens will open including the
Children’s Garden designed by Herb Schaal
Brazilian Garden designed by Raymond Jungles (including a Burle Marx ceramic mural)
Caribbean Garden designed by Robert Truskowski
Florida Garden designed by Ellin Goetz
For more detail about the Naples Botanical Garden
Continue reading Naples Botanical Garden Set to Open – November 14
The number of design review panels has more than doubled in the last five years, so that now almost every local authority has access to high quality independent design advice. Over 80 panels are up and running across England.
New guidance has been launched, Design review: principles and practice, to promote consistently high standards for all panels.
The guidance has been developed by CABE, the Royal Institute of British Architects, the Royal Town Planning Institute and the Landscape Institute.