Lab report examines new ideas for parks, public landscapes – ASU News

Flying into Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport, you become powerfully aware of a suburban landscape dominated by housing subdivisions, by single-family houses with large yards and private pools. You will also see, interspersed throughout the vast expanse of residential tracts, a scattering of public parks and preserves. But what role do these public landscapes play in a city with so many private landscapes, with such abundant opportunities for personalized leisure?

read more @ the SOURCE: arizona state university: Lab report examines new ideas for parks, public landscapes | ASU News.

Madrid seeks to deepen ties with Indian metros -The Economic Times

Eyeing business opportunities and increased tourism, the Spanish capital of Madrid is seeking to deepen its engagement with Indian metros, particularly New Delhi, by showcasing its expertise in the area of efficient and sustainable development of cities.

SOURCE: The Economic Times.– Madrid seeks to deepen ties with Indian metros – Foreign Trade-Economy-News-

HK under fire for bright lights

Many green groups have recently taken aim at lighting in the international city of Hong Kong. Friends of the Earth have called upon retailers to minimise the lighting and to turn off many of its lights during the (after 2am).

SOURCE: Reuters UK ‘Hong Kong night light pollution under the spotlight | Environment | Reuters’.

Light-rail stations reflect neighborhoods – azcentral.com

Each of Metro light rail’s 28 starter line stations has a unique design, with special efforts taken to reflect the neighborhoods where stations are located.

read more @ the SOURCE: azcentral.com – Light-rail stations reflect neighborhoods.

Green Guru Gone Wrong: William McDonough – Fast Company

Green architect William McDonough has been hailed as a water-walking visionary. The truth is far more complicated.

Read more @ the SOURCE: Fast Company – Green Guru Gone Wrong: William McDonough

China vows to strive for balanced rural and urban development -Xinhua

“China will take multiple measures to support rural economic and social development to realize a balanced growth between its rural and urban areas, according to a Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee decision here on Sunday……” read more @ the SOURCE: Xinhua – China vows to strive for balanced rural and urban development

Lesson from China: Get agricultural land price right-India-The Times of India

“It is ironic that both India and China are having to grapple, at roughly the same time, with the knotty issue of putting agricultural land to industrial or urban use.

India has been beset by a series of protests against the transfer of cultivable land to factory and mining projects. In China, a high-level meeting of the ruling Communist Party discussed sweeping changes last week to allow agricultural land to be used for industrial or non-farming purposes.”

read more @ the SOURCE: The Times of IndiaLesson from China: Get agricultural land price right-India-

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