As our cities grew and our housing settlements changed, we began to separate the places where we live from the places where food is grown. The average North American food item now travels 1,500 kilometres to reach the grocery store shelves.
The quest for a more sustainable way of living is taking aim at this separation of people and food with a commitment to urban agriculture. There are few places in North America where urban agriculture is exploding as fast as it is in the Vancouver area.
The urban agricultural movement promises a new vision where people are living in harmony with the lands and ecosystems around them. Urban agriculture invites food production back into our communities through innovative planning and design.
Source – Vancouver Sun – Urban agriculture exploding in Vancouver by Bob Ransford
World Expo Shanghai has chosen up to 55 projects – almost twice the expected number – to exhibit in the Urban Best Practices Area of the Expo site, organizers announced yesterday.
A local green building project, called “Eco-house in Shanghai,” is among them. The building, now located in city’s southwest Xinzhuang area of Minhang District, will be rebuilt in the Expo site to demonstrate the energy efficiency concept.
55 urban projects to feature —
Source – Shanghai Daily
The country’s first eco-towns took a step closer to becoming reality today as Housing Minister Caroline Flint today announced 15 potential locations will go forward to the next stage, providing the opportunity for a major boost in affordable housing across the country whilst tackling climate change.
Housing Minister Caroline Flint stated that “We have a major shortfall of housing and with so many buyers struggling to find suitable homes, more affordable housing is a huge priority. To face up to the threat of climate change, we must also cut the carbon emissions from our housing. Eco-towns will help solve both of these challenges.
57 initial proposals were received from local authorities and developers across the country. The 15 shortlisted locations are:
- Pennbury, Leicestershire: 12-15,000 homes
- Manby and Strubby, Lincolnshire: 5,000 homes
- Curborough, Staffordshire: 5,000 homes
- Middle Quinton, Warwickshire: 6,000 homes
- Bordon-Whitehill, Hampshire: 5-8,000 homes
- Weston Otmoor, Oxfordshire: 10-15,000 homes
- Ford, West Sussex: 5,000 homes
Imerys China Clay Community, Cornwall: around 5,000 homes
- Rossington, South Yorkshire: Up to 15,000 homes
- Coltishall, Norfolk: 5,000 homes
- Hanley Grange, Cambridgeshire: 8,000 homes
- Marston Vale and New Marston, Bedfordshire: Up to 15,400 homes
- Elsenham, Essex: A minimum of 5,000 homes
- Rushcliffe, Nottinghamshire: Possible sites still under review
- Leeds City Region, Yorkshire: Possible sites still under review
Read more at the Source: Communities and Local Government(UK Gov’t) – 15 locations shortlisted for next stage of eco-towns programme
“Once people become more aware of green issues, they recognize the advantages,” he says. “If a house, because it is well-insulated and has an efficient heating system, costs $300 less a month to maintain than a similar neighbouring house, that house is worth more.”
An Eco Home survey conducted by Royal LePage Real Estate suggests Canadians are looking for greener homes and are ready to put their real estate dollars on the line for these purchases. Almost three quarters (72 per cent) of the 1,266 people surveyed said they would look for an environmentally improved property when buying their next home, and 63 per cent said they would pay more for an eco-friendly home.
Source: globeandmail.com: The push to greener housing.
The Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) has been selected to redevelop the iconic Commonwealth Institute in Kensington and Chelsea, London, by Chelsfield, one of the United Kingdom’s major property development groups, and their partner Ilchester Estate. The project includes the addition of a major residential scheme alongside the rejuvenation of the 1960’s structure at the edge of Holland Park.
OMA to Redevelop Modernist London Icon.
Source: OMA Website