European Green City Index – how green is your city?

December 11, 2009,AEDT

Siemens recently published on their website the European Green City Index showing the results of a study conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit. Copenhagen was ranked #1 with Stockholm (2) and Oslo (3). Dense city centres such as Berlin (8), Paris (10) and London (11) scored high on the test. | Read More

Landscape architects help Australians keep an outdoor lifestyle

December 10, 2009,AEDT

Landscape architects will be among the leaders in the battle to keep Queenslanders cool – and outside – as the world deals with climate change, according to QUT’s Professor Gini Lee. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the first graduates in landscape architecture from Queensland University of Technology and | Read More

Businesses asked to sign up to Jakarta Charter

December 3, 2009,AEDT

During the Convention for Biological Diversity being held in Jakarta from November 30 to December 2, representatives from about 200 companies worldwide in mining, fisheries, construction, forestry, tourism and cosmetics business released a draft charter called the Jakarta Charter which will requires companies to integrate biodiversity into their business strategies | Read More

Construction begins on Scottsdale rain garden

December 2, 2009,AEDT

Rain garden construction begins – Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Construction is under way on the water garden and patio just outside of the Scottdale Public Library.The nearly $60,000 project includes a rain garden and permeable concrete………. Kathy Hamilton, landscape architect and storm water technician with the Westmoreland Conservation District, said Jacobs Creek | Read More

Guelph students present ideas for pit rehabilitation

November 27, 2009,AEDT

Recently University of Guelph landscape architecture students presented design concepts for rehabilitation of  Puslinch quarries. Concepts included wind-turbines to power local industry, resorts, cottages, golf courses, recreational facilities, lakes, wetlands, and trails. The concepts showed numerous uses and activities to enable the park to be used year-round. GuelphMercury.com cited Puslinch Councillor | Read More

Re:Vision Dallas winner announced

November 25, 2009,AEDT

Urban Re:Vision and the Central Dallas Community Development Corporation announced that “Forwarding Dallas” has been selected as the winning design from Re:Vision Dallas, an international design competition. The challenge, to transform a vacant inner-city block behind City Hall into a carbon-neutral community, drew hundreds of entries from top architecture firms | Read More

Annapolis’ floating wetland

November 24, 2009,AEDT

baltimoresun.com reports Annapolis intends to test a floating island in a local lagoon that, if successful, could help clean the water in the Chesapeake Bay, according to Mayor Ellen O. Moyer…… Floating islands are created from recycled plastics and planted with wetland plants that soak up nutrients from the water, | Read More

Suburbs stop growing due to housing bust

November 24, 2009,AEDT

USAToday reports The recession and housing collapse have halted four decades of double-digit growth for nearly half of the nation’s biggest rapidly expanding suburbs. Twenty-four of the 53 cities of 100,000 or more that grew by at least 10% every decade since 1970 lost population in the last two years. | Read More

Ecological Agriculture: can it feed the world?

November 23, 2009,AEDT

The latest edition of the Monthly Review (November 2009, Volume 61, Number 6) includes a paper from Jules Pretty is professor of environment and society at the University of Essex, UK. titled Can Ecological Agriculture Feed Nine Billion People? Below is an extract from the paper Something is wrong with | Read More

The Rooftop Garden Climbs Down a Wall

November 20, 2009,AEDT

Ken Belson of the New York Times has written an interesting piece about green walls which looks at the green wall as a source of food production. Belson talks to a varied number of designers, universities and manufacturers about the green walls as food production. He also states that at | Read More

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