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………..”

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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

Futuristic roof garden opens to the public in Hammersmith, London

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.

Lyric Theatre

Lyric Theatre
Images provided courtesy of Groundwork

SOURCE: Groundwork
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Fear of green building costs unfounded – Business 7

Business 7 reports

“Research conducted on behalf of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Scotland (RICS Scotland) has found green building design is not as costly as developers believe.”

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Futurist: Toronto in 2010 – Torontoist

The Torontoist is running a special section this week to look at the future of Toronto
goto Futurist: Toronto in 2010 – Torontoist to find out more information

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