Allston/Brighton TAB reports
Allston-Brighton residents received a first look at designs for a new ecologically sustainable park behind the Honan-Allston Library at the July 8 meeting of the Harvard-Allston Task Force.
The design, which was created with residents’ suggestions in mind, was generally well received by those who attended the meeting, though residents asked for the inclusion of a much-desired water element to the park………..
Sustainability was a key factor in the overall design, said Laura Solano, a principal for Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates.
Officials from Harvard University and MVVA stressed that the presentation did not represent the park’s final design.
SOURCE: Allston/Brighton TAB – Ecologically sustainable park behind Honan Allston library
image source: Kansas State University
MANHATTAN — Two faculty members from Kansas State University’s College of Architecture, Planning and Design have taken gardening to new heights.
R. Todd Gabbard, assistant professor of architecture, and Lee Skabelund, an assistant professor of landscape architecture, have installed an experimental green roof — or living roof — over a third-floor breezeway in Seaton Hall’s west wing.
The garden mixes 14 grasses and other plants native to Kansas inside a border of sedum, a shallow-rooted succulent……….
SOURCE: Kansas State University – K-State professors test native plants as roofing alternative
Daily Commercial News reports
California brush fires frequently make the news as they destroy homes and businesses. Supposing a brush fire occurs on top of a downtown highrise?
Read more at the SOURCE: Daily Commercial News – Fire safety concerns raised for green roofs
“This article by Laura Burkhalter and Manuel Castells explores the urban dimension of the current economic crisis, describes the failure of the city forms developed in the 20th century, and outlines a series of alternative proposals on transportation, housing, public space, and urban planning………..”
read the full article at the [SOURCE: Archinect : Features : Beyond the Crisis: Towards a New Urban Paradigm]
The Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith and environmental charity Groundwork London are behind the remarkable garden, which is now open to the public. The garden was developed from a sketch on a paper napkin into a futuristic oasis of subtle lighting, sustainable timber decking, low planters, seating, shrubs and trees. Designed by RHS Gold award winning landscape architects, Adam White and Andrée Davies, the garden fits in perfectly with the Lyric’s own community-involvement programme and for those living in the Ashcroft housing estate right next door, will be a much needed green retreat in a heavily built up part of London.
Images provided courtesy of Groundwork
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