Landscape Architecture professor travels North America studying urban agriculture

Professor Karen Landman, a landscape architecture professor from University of Guelph recently travelled across North America to study Urban Agriculture. Travelling some 18,000 kilometres(11,185 km) across western USA and Canada to see how food was grown commercially in cities.

University of Guelph has a full interview with Professor Karen Landman about her travels what she learnt.

[SOURCE: University of Guelph] via City Farmer News

An Urban Agriculture Symposium is being held at the University of Guelph at the Arboretum on Friday 20 November from 8:30am to 5:30pm at which Professor Karen Landman will give a lecture along with other presenters. However, the cut off date for registration was last Friday, 13th November.

Masdar to use more PV’s to power city

Solar power plant (Serpa, Portugal)

Image via Wikipedia

With the recent drop in costs for photovoltaics (PV) and the effect of dust and haze on solar-thermal technology(the technology originally planned) has caused a rethink in supplying energy to Masdar. The utilities management company has decided to use 50% photovoltaics and 50% solar thermal due to costs. Although photovoltaics produce 20% less energy than solar thermal they will cost 33% less to install. The use of solar power will cost more than 2.5 times the cost per kwh than the current method generating energy via natural gas.

via the [SOURCE: The National]


Turenscape win World Architecture Festival Award

Turenscape (Beijing Turen Design Institute) has been awarded the Landscape Category award at the 2009 World Architecture Festival for a 22-hectare park in Tianjin, ChinaThe Adaptation Palettes: Regenerative Landscape Design

Through Regenerative Design and by allotting landforms, the natural process of plant adaptation and community evolution is introduced to transform a former deserted shooting range used as a garbage dump, into a low maintenance urban park; providing diverse nature’s services for the city including containing and purifying storm water; improving the saline-alkali soil, providing opportunities for environmental education and creating a cherished aesthetic experience.

For more information go to the [SOURCE: World Architecture Festival]

[IMAGE SOURCE: World Architecture Festival]


White vs Green roofs at McGill

Henry Gass of McGill Daily reports

The fight for Montreal’s environmental future has recently reached new heights, as various environmental groups in the city promote the installation of energy-efficient green and white roofs.

Green rooftops, or rooftop gardens, are becoming more and more popular in Montreal, while white rooftops, flat surfaces with a white polymeric membrane stretched across, are just starting to be introduced.

Read the full article at the [SOURCE: McGill Daily – Green, white roofs come to campus]

Urban planning must be precise and scientific – Vietnam PM

Hanoi, a constant construction site – IMAGE SOURCE: Flickr – seier+seier+seier
Nhan Dan reports

The Prime Minister of Vietnam – Nguyen Tan Dung stressed that urban planning must be precise and scientific to ensure sustainable development while receiving a delegation of the Vietnam Urban Development Planning Association (VUDPA) led by its President Nguyen The Ba in Hanoi on November 5.

[SOURCE: Nhan Dan — News]

WPA 2.0 SYMPOSIUM – 16th November

WPA 2.0 SYMPOSIUM at The National Building Museum
401 F Street NW Washington, DC 20001
– Red Line Metro, Judiciary Square
November 16th – 10 AM to 6 PM

SCHEDULE of events:

Keynote: Ron Sims
Deputy Secretary, Department of Housing and Urban Development

Presentations by the six WPA 2.0 finalists

Keynote: Adolfo Carrion
Director, Office of Urban Affairs

Jury Discussion with
Stan Allen, Cecil Balmond, Elizabeth Diller,
Walter Hood, Thom Mayne, and Marilyn Taylor

Policymaker Panel with
Julia Anastasio, American Public Works Association (invited)
Casey Jones, GSA Design Excellence Program
Maurice Cox, NEA
David Burney, NYC Department of Design and Construction
Moderator: Bill Menking, Publisher, The Architect’s Newspaper

followed by the Announcement of WPA 2.0 and WPA 2.0 (SE) Winners

REGISTER on-line now –

Full Day non-National Building Museum Members $100 lunch and reception included
Full Day National Building Museum Members $90 lunch and reception included
Full Day Student Registration $60 lunch and reception included
Half-Day Professional Registration $60 2:00 – 6:00pm reception included

WORLD LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT is not involved with this Event please contact WPA 2.0 organisers

City’s free bike service so popular adding 6,500 bikes

Yesterday the Shanghai Daily reported that planners for Shanghai’s Minhang district plan to add 6,500 bikes over the next 5 years due to the popularity of the existing 3,500 free bike service. Since the service started 10,000 residents have applied for the service.

The article also quoted Wu Zhongquan, a Minhang construction commission official as saying

the free-bike program is meant to solve the problem of the final trip home after alighting from public transport.

Traffic planners call this stage “the very last 3 kilometers” from homes or schools to traffic hubs.

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