Ecologically sustainable park behind Honan Allston library

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

K-STATE PROFESSORS TEST NATIVE PLANTS AS ROOFING ALTERNATIVE


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

Fire safety concerns raised for green roofs – Daily Commercial News

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

Beyond the Crisis: Towards a New Urban Paradigm – Archinect : Features

Archinect reports

“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]

PUB (Singapore) launches Water Design Guidelines for developments

PUB reports

The ABC Waters Design Guidelines has been launched by Senior Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources, Dr Amy Khor, on 25 June 2009. It is a document to introduce PUB’s ABC Waters Programme (a strategic programme aims to transform our drains, canals and reservoirs into beautiful, vibrant and flowing streams, rivers and lakes) and the potential applications of ABC Waters Design Features (bioretention swales, rain garden, wetland etc.) to the industry professionals, as well as the public and private sectors.

The ABC Waters Design Guidelines aim to create a sustainable and more livable city through the treatment of stormwater (rainwater) closer to source as well as beautifying urban spaces and creating new community focal points and greater urban bio-diversity.

Goto the PUB website to download the document

SOURCE: PUB

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