Construction starts on Noorderpark – West 8

This week construction works have started at the Noorderpark in Amsterdam. The first part to be developed is Volewijk-Oost and will be ready mid-2009. When all parts are completed, Amsterdam will have a real green central park that functions as a central meeting point, with spaces that can be used for large gatherings and functions.

The design by West 8 for the new park will transform the urban landscape that was created by construction works on the new local railway line, the North-South line. In addition to tying together three existing parks that were isolated from each other, West 8’s design also proposes a broad circuit track that links the existing disjointed parks, with new bridge connections which span across the canal and over the road and railway line.

SOURCE: West 8

Sustainability to be woven into new buildings – Gulfnews

Rayeesa Absal of Gulf News reports “Upcoming buildings in the capital will need to have a minimum level of sustainability woven into their design plan in order to enable developers to secure the approval of the authorities for any project, officials told Gulf News.

Moving a step ahead of the Estidama (sustainability in Arabic) initiative launched in 2008 by the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC), the council has unveiled a new development benchmark called Estidama Integrative Design Process (EIDP).”

{SOURCE: Gulfnews: Sustainability to be woven into new buildings}.

Satellite to Monitor Global Greenhouse Gases Launched Successfully

Efforts to tackle global warming received a boost today with the successful launch in Japan of a satellite to monitor greenhouse gases from space.

The Greenhouse Gases Observing Satellite “IBUKI” (or “GOSAT” in its English-language acronym) is the first satellite to observe greenhouse gases and monitor changes in the effects they cause. It was launched from the island of Tanegashima, in southern Japan, by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), a key partner of the United Nations’ regional arm – the United Nations Economic Commission for Asia and the Pacific(ESCAP) – in addressing disaster risk reduction and environmental issues.

SOURCE: UN/ESCAP Information Services

 

Funding freeze halts environmental projects across California – Los Angeles Times

Jordan Rau of the Los Angeles Times reports “Commissions and nonprofits charged with conserving parks, wildlife, water and mountain areas of the state are at risk of laying off staff or closing since the state stopped funding last month.”

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Preserving national resources – Martha Schwartz – BBC NEWS – Magazine

BBC News reports “Can a simple idea help make the world a better place? Professor of landscape architecture, Martha Schwartz argues that we should all be shareholders of the world’s natural resources.”

Listen to Martha Schwartz speak @ The Forum podcast
if this link does work go to Forum Website

[SOURCE: BBC NEWS | UK | Magazine | Preserving national resources]

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