Turning Shipping Containers Into Customizable, Affordable Housing – worldchanging.com

Worldchanging reports

“We recently started following the development of a cool new project taking root at Clemson University in South Carolina. Architecture faculty Martha Skinner and Doug Hecker and Landscape Architecture faculty Pernille Christensen are working with their students to design livable, sustainable dwellings using the large shipping containers sent to Caribbean nations.

According to assistant professor Caitlyn Dyckman, the containers are generally considered waste because it’s more expensive to bring them back to port than to leave them in the Caribbean. But the right redesign approach could turn these large vessels into viable housing.”

SOURCE: Worldchanging: Bright Green: Turning Shipping Containers Into Customizable, Affordable Housing

Mexico City road project pits rich against richer – Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times reports

“Mexico City’s elite is up in arms over plans to build roadway tunnels and overpasses through lovely suburban neighborhoods, a project that critics say would push the city’s destructive sprawl into forests and a vital aquifer when fresh air and water are already scarce.”

Read the full article at the SOURCE: Los Angeles Times- Mexico City road project pits rich against richer

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Floodway to feature recreation, forests, hills – Winnipeg Free Press

Winnipeg Free Press reports

“It may be only 700 metres wide but the redevelopment of the Red River Floodway will be bigger than 16 Assiniboine Parks by the time it’s finished in a decade or two.

Jeff Frank, the landscape architect of the proposed development, said 250 metres on either side of the 48-kilometre portion of the channel between St. Norbert and Lockport will be revitalized, with a combination of nature and recreation-friendly amenities. It will cover about 6,500 acres, dwarfing the 400 acres belonging to Assiniboine park, he said.”

[SOURCE: Winnipeg Free Press - Floodway to feature recreation, forests, hills]

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Fire-safe designs for the future – theage.com.au

  Geoff Maslen of The Age reports

“Ian Weir is baffled. Why is it that local authorities in Australia are so blase about having residents in fire-prone landscapes?

Dr Weir earned his PhD at the University of Western Australia after seven years of research that has resulted in a “bushfire responsive house” ….A practising architect who now lectures in landscape architecture at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Dr Weir is horrified at the destruction and loss of life in the Victorian fires…….”

[SOURCE: theage.com.au - Fire-safe designs for the future]

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Market Square Makeover Plans Unveiled In Pittsburgh – WTAE Pittsburgh

WTAE Pittsburgh reports

“In an effort to attract more visitors and businesses to Pittsburgh’s Market Square, the city is planning a makeover for the gathering spot.”

Also included in the WTAE news report is the sketches by Klavon Design Associates

SOURCE: WTAE Pittsburgh – Market Square Makeover Plans Unveiled In Pittsburgh

Other reports on Market Square

Pittsburgh Post Gazette – City unveils plans for pedestrian-friendly Market Square

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review – City will try anew to fix Market Square

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