UNEP and EU Sign Partnership for Sustainable Cities and Regions

Copenhagen | IMAGE CREDIT: Flickr user madsflash

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the European Union’s Committee of the Regions (CoR) recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding, signalling a new phase of cooperation between the two institutions. The agreement sets out a framework for strong cooperation with the shared goal of achieving a sustainable future. Both institutions agreed to prioritise five areas namely: multilevel environmental governance; green economy and resource efficiency; climate change mitigation and adaptation; biodiversity and ecosystems management; and decentralised cooperation for development. It reinforces both institutions belief that there is a need to strengthen the role of local and regional authorities within the policy-decision making process if this objective is to be achieved.
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Student Project | Shifting Grounds | Christina Ting

Student Project: Shifting Grounds | Singapore | Christina Ting

“shifting grounds – rethinking the residential public spaces in singapore”. The project focused on enhancing social interaction within the community through landscape interventions in and around void decks in Singapore’s urban residential estates.

Singapore is densely populated, thus majority of its residents live in public residential estates where the landscape is typified by “void decks”. 90% Of Singapore’s population live in public housing, which in singapore is referred to as mass housing. This is in contrast to Melbourne, where only 10% of the population live in public housing.

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Rethink Athens Design Competition

The ALEXANDER S.ONASSIS PUBLIC BENEFIT FOUNDATION has launched Rethink Athens, a European architectural competition for the re-constitution of Athens city centre along the axis of Panepistimiou str., and invites all interested candidates fulfilling the eligibility criteria to register. Purpose of the Competition is the selection of the Architect (Person or legal entity), that will undertake the design of the architectural public space for the creation of a New City Center in Athens along the axis of Panepistimiou Street.

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FPT City | Danang Vietnam | SOM

FPT City | Danang Vietnam | SOM

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) was awarded the Master Plan commission for FPT City in Danang, Vietnam.  SOM’s preliminary plan for a sustainable new high-tech community at the edge of the city has been applauded by local authorities, including the Head of Planning and the Peoples Committee of the City of Danang.  SOM is now working closely with these authorities to finalise the project’s design and ensure its delivery.  This is SOM’s second recent project ‘win’ in the country and follows the firm’s recent success of Green Tech City in Hanoi.

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EPA launches Stormwater Management design competition for students

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is launching a new design competition called the Campus RainWorks Challenge to encourage student teams on college and university campuses across the country to develop innovative approaches to stormwater management.

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Plan West: West Baton Rouge Parish Comprehensive Plan | Tipton Associates

Plan West: West Baton Rouge Parish Comprehensive Plan

Regional Plan

West Baton Rouge Parish has a total land area of 122,000 acres with a population of only 22,000 residents but has exceptional assets: a rich agricultural heritage and abundant natural resources within close proximity to a major metropolitan region. Plan West, the West Baton Rouge Parish Comprehensive Master Plan was created to preserve the unique qualities of the Parish while providing a framework to guide future growth for the next twenty years.

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Peachtree Street | Atlanta USA | Perkins+Will

Peachtree Street | Atlanta USA | Perkins+Will

Civic Plaza | Image Credit: Michelle Litvin

Perkins+Will’s new Atlanta office presented the opportunity to transform an existing building in the heart of Midtown by both reusing the building’s worthy assets and correcting its signature faults. Recently certified LEED Platinum, with the highest score ever recorded in the Northern Hemisphere, the success of the project suggests that reuse and renovation is central to the concept of sustainability. While earning accolades for excellence in building design, one of the project’s most profound features is its renewed connection to the street. Like the building, the site design represents the humanistic values and sustainable aspirations of the firm through open, welcoming spaces and material and detail choices.
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