Street furniture in the modern city is a balancing act between creating revenue stream from advertisers and a clean design element that has good design and function.
As reported by the Ottawa Citizen – Ottawa is currently facing this issue and using a $275,000 study to look at design, aesthetics and function and also a public consultation process which ends in December. Ottawa residents are invited to provide input at www.ottawasimplicity.ca
The Ottawa Citizen has reported “Ottawa landscape architect John Wright says street furniture should be quiet and harmonious, with good proportions and materials. Standard pieces should not be used in key places like Festival Plaza, he adds.”
Read more at the SOURCE: Ottawa Citizen – Mayor launches plan to rid sidewalks of ugly street furniture.
The term “urban village” has often appeared in the media, especially in the newspapers of Shenzhen and Guangzhou (coastal cities in southern China where migrant population congregate). In recent years, a “makeover” for these urban villages has become urgent task for local authorities.
read more @ the SOURCE: Economic Observer Online – Rethinking The Makeover of Urban Villages.
Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Donald Tsang said Wednesday the government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) will press ahead with sustainable development, in order to upgrade the quality living environment for residents in this “modern world city”.
When delivering the 2008-09 Policy Address at the Legislative Council Wednesday, Tsang said the local government achieved substantial progress in striking a balance between economic development and environmental conservation last year.
read more @ the SOURCE: Xinhua – Tsang: HK to upgrade living environment through sustainable development_
Newsweek looks at some of the lgreen essons learned by China during the Olympics and how it may keep some of temporary restrictions to improve the environment.
Read more @ Keeping It Green | Newsweek International | Newsweek.com.
“NEW DELHI (AFP) — It’s been touted as a solution to urban India’s traffic woes, chronic pollution and fossil fuel dependence, as well as an escape from backbreaking human toil.”
read more@ the SOURCE: AFP – India’s humble rickshaw goes solar.
16th Street in Morningside Park, which had its ribbon-cutting a few weeks ago, could have been envisioned by some of those designers, to judge from the tasteful, creative layout, a vision of bright blues and greens.
The playground was designed by Alexander Hart, a 33-year-old assistant landscape architect at the Department of Parks and Recreation. “I wasn’t so keen on designing playgrounds until I started doing it,” Mr. Hart, a father of two young children, said on Wednesday morning at the playground. “But once I started, I found the design challenges so interesting.”
Read more @ the SOURCE: NYTimes.com – Big City – In Manhattan, a New Playground Is an Instant Hit