The Sunset Team, Launches ‘Greenbreaking’ Cherokee Lofts Project

The Sunset Team, the acclaimed Los Angeles based real estate agency, is teaming up with ReThink Development to spearhead THE CHEROKEE LOFTS, the first LEED Gold Certified (potentially Platinum certification) mixed-use project in Southern California – and, likely, the nation.

Slated for completion in early 2009, The Cherokee Lofts, designed by architects Pugh and Scarpa, will be the most advanced and distinctive “green” building of its kind in Los Angeles.

Read more @ News Blaze – The Sunset Team, Launches ‘Greenbreaking’ Cherokee Lofts Project.

The good, the bad and the ugly fence – Haaretz – Israel News

The fate of the Judean Desert’s separation fences have apparently been decided. The recent terror attack in Dimona placed added pressure on green groups to withdraw their objections. Opposition to a barrier in the southern area, near the Dead Sea, has in particular diminished, and some activists are even starting to see advantages to having a fence. The defense establishment has yet to decide where and when a fence will be built in the northern desert, near Ma’aleh Adumim; there, too, it will surround at least part of the desert. The Palestinians will once again find themselves facing a new fence. Meanwhile, the security establishment is planning to pave a bypass road dubbed “the fabric of life.”

The good, the bad and the ugly fence – Haaretz – Israel News.

3XN Transforms a Brown Site into a Green One

A brownfield in Norway will be going green, literally, thanks to a new master plan that calls for a rolling green roof to shelter a cultural center. The Danish architecture firm 3XN beat out Henning Larsen Architects, Niels Torp, L2 Arkitekter, and IN’BY LPO Arlitektur and Design in an invited competition to redevelop a former industrial waterfront known as Nedre Malmø, in the town of Mandal.

Read more @ Architectural Record – 3XN Transforms a Brown Site into a Green One | News |

6,000 free ‘granny bikes’ will bring continental success story to capital

They have helped to calm the traffic-choked streets of Paris and spawned hundreds of romances among strangers. Now the French capital’s free bicycle hire scheme is coming to Central London, where 6,000 sturdy bikes will be deployed outside Tube stations and other locations.

Read more at 6,000 free ‘granny’ bikes will bring continental success story to capital – Times Online.

Garden City lands eyed for urban food research

Brian Lewis looks at ‘farm to plate’ in Richmond British Columbia, Canada and how garden cities can help

Read more @ Canada.com – Garden City lands eyed for urban food research.

Cameroon: Douala Urban Council Enters Urban Transport

For the first time in the history of the Douala Urban Council, the council has entered urban transport business.

The council has bought 38 percent of the shares of ‘Sociéte Camerounaise de Transport Urbain’, SOCATUR, which is the lone authorised urban bus service in Douala. SOCATUR, it would be recalled, bought over the defunct state-owned urban bus service, SOTUC.

Speaking at a meeting in Douala mid last month on the sorry state of urban transportation in Douala, the Government Delegate to the Douala Urban Council, Dr. Fritz Ntone Ntone, announced that the situation would soon be ameliorated with modern buses.

Read more @ allAfrica.com: Cameroon: Douala Urban Council Enters Urban Transport

Urban Projects get stricter sanctions

Last year, the city undertook out major projects in transport infrastructure and water drainage, all of which will reduce traffic jams as well as contribute to the city’s socio-economic development.

To ease the burden caused by construction projects, the department is strictly fining investors. For example last year the department collected VND636 million (US$39,745) in fines from 225 violations in a water environment improvement project and VND157 million ($10,000) from the Nhieu Loc-Thi Nghe Canal project.

Read more @ Viet Nam News.

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