Moves towards green building design and construction should not be stalled by a global recession, according to environmental building experts.
Keith Clarke, the chief executive of WS Atkins, an engineering and architectural services firm, said the design and construction industry “simply doesn’t have time” to wait for the end of a recession before taking action on sustainable development.
read more @ the SOURCE: The National Newspaper – Sustainable development crucial for the long term.
Foster + Partners is one of eight leading companies launching a report today warning of the grave risks posed by a 2013 peak in oil production. The Oil Crunch: Securing the UK’s Energy Future is published by the newly-formed UK Industry Taskforce on Peak Oil and Energy Security, and is the first multi-company alarm bell to be sounded on the issue. The report urges the government to prioritise the peak oil threat, dramatically increase investment in clean energy and renewables and develop and implement a long-term transport strategy, founded on renewable energy sources.
SOURCE: Foster + Partners.
As part of its efforts to reduce pollution and create alternative sources of energy to meet growing demand, the city of Dubai has launched a major initiative to harness solar energy.
SOURCE: The Hindu News Update Service.
Christopher Hawthorne of L.A. Times looks at “Amid a period in which bolder has meant bigger, the economic slowdown could help push architects to imagine, identify and define new paths.”
Looking at the current financial crisis and how architecture could benefit in the long term.
SOURCE: Los Angeles Times – Architecture can focus on L.A.’s shared spaces
“We need the environmental economists and others thinking outside the square to provide strategies and approaches to secure our social and ecological futures.”
read more @ the SOURCE: The Canberra Times – Green policies can save credit crisis and the planet
The Hong Kong Envrionment Protection Department published the “Environment Hong Kong 2008” report.
Key initiatives in the report include:
– Cleaner Production Partnership Programme launched in connection with Pearl River Delta factories.
– An injection of $1 billion into the Environment and Conservation Fund to enhance community participation in environment and conservation matters.
A Digital Copy(HTML) of the report can be viewed at the EPD site
HK Residents can give feedbak on the site.
Civic – Guangzhou Baiyun International Convention Center, China, by Buro II
Culture – Oslo Opera House in Norway by Snøhetta
Energy, Waste and Recycling – Landscape restoration of the Controlled Rubbish Dump “La Vall d’en Joan”, Spain, by Batlle & Roig Architects
Health – Centre pour le Bien-être des Femmes et la prévention des mutilations génitales féminines ‘G.Kambou’, Burkina Faso, by FAREstudio
Holiday – Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre, Canada (pictured) , by Hotson Bakker Boniface Haden Architects
Housing – Mountain Dwellings, Denmark , by BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group
Learning – Universita Luigi Bocconi, Italy, by Grafton Architects
Nature – Olympic Sculpture Park, Seattle Art Museum, United States of America, by Weiss/Manfredi Architecture/Landscape/Urbanism
read more @ the SOURCE: World Architecture Festival – Barcelona 22-24 October 2008.