City’s free bike service so popular adding 6,500 bikes

Yesterday the Shanghai Daily reported that planners for Shanghai’s Minhang district plan to add 6,500 bikes over the next 5 years due to the popularity of the existing 3,500 free bike service. Since the service started 10,000 residents have applied for the service.

The article also quoted Wu Zhongquan, a Minhang construction commission official as saying

the free-bike program is meant to solve the problem of the final trip home after alighting from public transport.

Traffic planners call this stage “the very last 3 kilometers” from homes or schools to traffic hubs.

Playground to be designed by game designer

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 will create a playground that will encourage children to spend more time in the landscape. It is good to see a city that could create a playground that responds to the new generation of children who are growing up in an age when games are played virtually not physically.

Landscaping With a Lighter Touch – NYTimes.com

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 native plants and natural aesthetic.

The landscape architects in the article were:

Mike Mushak (CT, NY) said his clients were more interested in growing vegetables and getting their hands dirty than owning and operating the elaborate outdoor appliances…..

Anne Howerton(SF) said “how much work you want to put into maintaining a property, at any price point.”…….

Andrea Cochrane(SF) said about clients with green intentions – “They’re definitely aware, but when people look at the amortization — the payback — they tend to cut it out. I’ve become a little jaded about that.”…..

Perry Guillot(NY) stated that “High, high maintenance, that’s moved on,”……..“It’s like having five bad kids in the house, constantly needing things.”

Read the full article at the the [SOURCE: New York Times - Landscaping With a Lighter Touch]

Autodesk App for iPhone/iPod touch

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 have many applications for built environment professionals  including sketching ideas for clients instantly, making notes on a plan on site, make notes on site photos for use later during site analysis, or mark and note site photos during construction inspections and many other applications. The application includes 3-6 layers, 25 different brushes and pens, zooming up to 2500%.

The Autodesk Sketchbook Mobile(link to App store) is available from the iTunes app store for $2.99. or you can download the Free Trial version Autodesk Sketchbook MobileX (link to App store)

found via Venture Beat

Dieback threat to WA plant species

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 article at the [SOURCE: PerthNowDieback threat to WA plant species].

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