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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RTKL-Designed Dubai Mirdif Center on Target for 2009 Opening – Contract Magazine

Contract Magazine reports

“RTKL, the international architecture, planning and design firm, reports that Mirdif City Center, located on Dubai’s Eastern growth corridor, is on track for a late-2009 opening and
is expected to be the region’s first eco-friendly retail center.”

[SOURCE: Contract Magazine - RTKL-Designed Dubai Mirdif Center on Target for 2009 Opening]

New Estidama website launched – AMEinfo.com

AMEinfo reports

“The Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC)has launched the new web site version of Estidama – sustainability in Arabic…….The state-of-the-art online portal includes a number of interactive tools that allow users home page customization according to their bespoke needs and specialized interests on sustainability issues.”

[SOURCE: AMEinfo - New Estidama online resource to foster sustainability knowledge and dialogue]

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