Green lobby irked by mindless beautifying-The Times of India

The Times of India reports

“City environmentalists and architects are frustrated with KMC’s mindless beautification drives at the city’s parks and tanks, which often endup destroying nature, rather than preserving it.

Conservation architect Manish Chakraborti blamed KMC’s poor planning and the reliance on contractors for the exclusion of tanks from the city. “The KMC does not involve city planners, designers or landscape architects when they want to beautify a place. Instead, they leave it to the wisdom of small-time contractors, who have no aesthetic sense,” he said.”

read the full article @ The Times of India – Green lobby irked by mindless beautifying-Kolkata

Urban otters join foxes and squirrels in Britain’s towns and cities – Telegraph

Telegraph reports

“They were driven to the edge of extinction by pollution, but now otters are staging a comeback that is seeing them even move into Britain’s towns and cities.”

Read the full article @ the SOURCE: Telegraph.co.uk – Urban otters join foxes and squirrels in Britain’s towns and cities

Marshalls release ‘Halt the Greenwash’ publication

Halt the Greenwash
A new publication aimed at raising awareness of false eco and ethical pledges within the landscaping industry

SOURCE: Marshalls

46th IFLA WORLD CONGRESS 2009 Student Design Competition

This competition is sponsored by the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) and directed by the Brazilian Society of Landscape Architects Organization Committee (ABAP):
Lucia Costa, Maria Cecilia Barbieri Gorski, Raul Pereira and Saide Kahtouni, as the Local Competition Director)

The objective of the competition is to recognize superior environmental design achievements made by students in Landscape Architecture programs. The 2009 46th IFLA World Congress in Brazil aims to encourage achievement of the highest standards in landscape architecture education worldwide. The competition invites submissions from teams of students in Landscape Architecture programs or allied disciplines.

All entries must reach the 46º IFLA World Congress Competition Director at the following address by final date, 18th August, 2009.

46th IFLA WORLD CONGRESS 2009 – RIO DE JANEIRO – BRAZIL.

Engineers Study Environmental Benefits Of Green Roofs – KHBS NW Arkansas

4029tv.com reports

“In a research project at the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s Watershed Research and Education Center, graduate student Channon Toland is studying the use of green roofs to control the storm water that now runs off of manmade structures. Working with Brian Haggard, director of the Arkansas Water Resources Center, and Mark Boyer, head of the department of landscape architecture, Toland built 15 mock green roofs at the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s Watershed Research and Education Center in Fayetteville”

[SOURCE: KHBS NW Arkansas – Engineers Study Environmental Benefits Of Green Roofs]

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