“Throughout our history, we have grown on the assumption that energy costs would be low,” said Michael Woo, a former Los Angeles city councilman and a current member of the city Planning Commission. “Now that those assumptions are shifting, it changes assumptions about housing, cars and how cities grow.”
Push prices up fast enough, he said, and “it would be the urban-planning equivalent of an earthquake.”
SOURCE: Los Angeles Times – Envisioning a world of $200-a-barrel oil
Eco-towns should be built in urban areas and not in the countryside to stop them becoming “dormitory towns” where people have to drive somewhere else to work, town hall chiefs say.
Eco-towns should be built in urban areas, council chiefs claim
Eco-towns ‘should be built in urban areas’
A new report from the Local Government Association also warned that plans to create 10 eco-towns across the country were “significantly flawed” and risked creating “eco-slums” without proper urban planning.
SOURCE: Telegraph.co.uk – Build eco-towns in urban areas, not the countryside, say council chiefs
Providing jobs and services for the 1,1-billion people expected to move to Asia’s cities over the next 20 years is a task of a magnitude “never before attempted by humanity,” Asian Development Board (ADB) President Haruhiko Kuroda warned on Wednesday.
Asian cities are growing by more than 100 000 people a day, he told the World Cities Summit in Singapore.
SOURCE: IOL: ‘A tidal wave of humanity’.
New York City building owners who install vegetation on at least half of their rooftop space may receive up to $100,000 in a one-time property tax credit.
Bill A.11226 passed the state legislature Tuesday, paving the way for building owners to be compensated about $4.50 per square foot of green roof space, or about a quarter of the cost typically associated with a green roof’s materials, labor, installation and design.
A proliferation of green roofs could save America’s most populous city millions of dollars in energy cooling and stormwater management costs, as well as jumpstart the creation of green collar jobs, say proponents of the bil
SOURCE: GreenerBuildings – NYC Gets a Green Roof Kickstart
DOUGLAS M. JOHNSTON is chair of the Department of Community and Regional Planning and of the Department of Landscape Architecture at ISU wrote a great article about the Iowa floods*
During and after any catastrophe, many will review the events and ask: Why did it happen and what can be done to prevent it? The ongoing flooding in Iowa is no exception.
…….we often fail to remember is that water flows downhill. It comes from somewhere, and it goes somewhere. Anything we do that affects the flow of water will have an impact further downstream. Prairie and forest are good at capturing rainfall. Tile-drained farm fields, roofs, roads, and parking lots are less so. With fewer wetlands, prairies and forest to slow runoff or prevent it, the same rain event will send more water downstream faster.
Read more @ the SOURCE: DesMoinesRegister.com – Guest column: Don’t expect simple solutions to complexities of flooding – The Des Moines Register.
San Franciso Chronicle has published a practical artile on permeable pavement – sort of a Sustainable Landscape Design 101
Does your driveway look like a patchwork quilt, with raised and sunken surfaces; chipped, off-color mortar stuffed into jagged cracks; and a generation’s worth of oil, paint and mold stains? Has the time come to replace it? Or, if your driveway is fine, is this the year to install the new patio you’ve been dreaming of, or some garden walkways?
Whether you’re replacing your existing driveway, patio and walks or installing new ones, you have an opportunity to turn them into water management and conservation features by building them so water can drain through them – in landscaping terms, making them “permeable hardscape.”
SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle (SFgate.com) – Permeable hardscapes let the water soak in.
Another major “green roof” project is set to move forward atop a high-profile building in downtown Minneapolis.
City officials are putting together construction documents for a green roof over Target Center, even as the city – with help from a project team led by RSP Architects – continues the job of planting 40 varieties of mostly native plants on a portion of Minneapolis City Hall.
The Target Center project was first reported by Finance and Commerce in March 2007.
By putting vegetation on top of the 18-year-old city-owned arena, the city hopes to protect the membrane and extend the roof’s life. Green roofs typically last 40 to 50 years, compared to 20 to 25 years for a conventional roof, Guild said.
Read more @ the Source: Finance and Commerce – Target Center roof going green