Providing jobs and services for the 1,1-billion people expected to move to Asia’s cities over the next 20 years is a task of a magnitude “never before attempted by humanity,” Asian Development Board (ADB) President Haruhiko Kuroda warned on Wednesday.
Asian cities are growing by more than 100 000 people a day, he told the World Cities Summit in Singapore.
SOURCE: IOL: ‘A tidal wave of humanity’.
New York City building owners who install vegetation on at least half of their rooftop space may receive up to $100,000 in a one-time property tax credit.
Bill A.11226 passed the state legislature Tuesday, paving the way for building owners to be compensated about $4.50 per square foot of green roof space, or about a quarter of the cost typically associated with a green roof’s materials, labor, installation and design.
A proliferation of green roofs could save America’s most populous city millions of dollars in energy cooling and stormwater management costs, as well as jumpstart the creation of green collar jobs, say proponents of the bil
SOURCE: GreenerBuildings – NYC Gets a Green Roof Kickstart
Biofuels threaten food security and environment
Less than two years ago few people knew about biofuels. Today, Indonesians are struggling to cope with the escalating costs of daily essentials, like rice, as the amount of agricultural land being used to produce this new source of energy increases.
A combination of skyrocketing oil prices and the need to find alternatives to climate changing fossil fuels is driving this new biofuel obsession.
Environmentalists are becoming increasingly worried about the adverse impacts this will have on the country’s rapidly diminishing rainforests.
SOURCE: The Jakarta Post – The Journal of Indonesia Today.
The public lend a hand at the launch of the London Festival of Architecture
Foster + Partners successfully built a conical structure, interwoven with fabric panels hand-printed by the public to kick off the Kensington and Chelsea hub of the London Festival of Architecture on 21 June. A focal point of the Exhibition Road Festival, the tensile structure was hauled into place with a tug-of-war rope by the public at 2pm. More than 4,000 visitors walked through the ten metre-high structure in the afternoon and enjoyed its sound installation by Bill Fontana. Overall turnout on the day was high – more than 30,000 visitors were reported at the event.
SOURCE: Foster + Partners.
Why would a company want employees diving into its trash bins? Because at Sasaki Associates, one of the country’s hottest landscape and urban-design firms that’s shaping the Olympic village in Beijing, life is all about salvaging good from bad.
FOREST PARK IS A LARGE GREEN space on the northern fringes of the Beijing Olympic site, home to this summer’s Games. It may also become the defining project for this 55-year-old team of urban and strategic planners, building and landscape architects, engineers, and graphic designers that specializes in turning bad land into something special. It was back on a Sunday in July 2002 when a young landscape architect fluent in Chinese ran into the office of Sasaki Associates president Dennis Pieprz, screaming, “We won, we won.”
Read more @ the SOURCE: The Boston Globe – Something from Nothing