A new initiative will help make Chicago’s 1,900 miles (3,000 kilometers) of alleyways more sustainable. The miniature streets behind homes and buildings, used mainly for garbage collection and parking access, keep main roads cleaner and less congested but are prone to flooding. The city’s innovative Green Alley Program promotes improved construction techniques and materials that can improve drainage, reduce runoff, and relieve strain on the city.
Environmental News Network: Chicago’s Alleys Turning Green.
BROOKLIN, Canada, Dec 3 (IPS) – Expanding European forests absorbed 126 million tonnes of carbon dioxide from 1990 to 2005 — equivalent to 11 percent of European Union emissions from human activities — while a U.N. target to plant one billion trees mainly in Africa has been surpassed.
CLIMATE CHANGE: Forests, the Great Green Hope?.
By 2012 it is estimated that 65 per cent of Kenya’s population will be living in urban areas. This is also in line with global trends where actually the majority of the world’s population will be living in urban centres in the next 10 or so years.
Nationmedia.com Poor urban planning making the country become one big slum.
BALI, Indonesia (AP) — Faced with melting polar ice caps and worsening droughts, climate experts at a massive U.N. conference Monday urged quick action toward a new international pact stemming an increasingly destructive rise in world temperatures.
U.N. global warming conference kicks off – Dec. 3, 2007.
Integrating Habitats. A design competition.
Planning and stewardship › Land and development › Nature-friendly development › Integrating Habitats. A design competition.
Integrating Habitats calls for innovative, visionary design proposals that combine design excellence, ecological stewardship and economic enterprise.
Metro: Integrating Habitats. A design competition..
BALI, Indonesia (Reuters) – Delegates from about 190 nations gathered in Bali on Sunday to try to build on a “fragile understanding” that the fight against global warming needs to be expanded to all countries with a deal in 2009.
more at Reuters
“Is that ‘echo’ with an ‘h’?” asks architect Paul Dowsett cheekily, referring to the extensive list of eco-friendly and sustainable technologies his firm, Scott Morris Architects, is incorporating into the renovation and expansion of this historic mansion.
There is a duality to the project. Firstly, Mr. Daniels’s team – which, in addition to Mr. Dowsett, includes project manager Nick Egizii, landscape architect Ron Holbrook, interior designer Phillip Moody and Simon Boone of Generation Solar – will be restoring as many of the home’s art deco features as possible. They include the domed foyer ceiling, the sweeping terrazzo staircase and the amazing sprung-floor ballroom in the basement.
“I’m fanatically devoted to Toronto and to preserving what we can of the housing stock,” explains Mr. Daniels, a self-confessed heritage lover. Reconsidering, he corrects himself: “Preserving is not the right word because this is not a preservation, this is a reimagining of something but trying to respect as much of what the original building has to offer.”
Since the home’s deco features seem to stop somewhere past the foyer (perhaps because the original owner got a case of cold feet), Mr. Daniels is “reimagining” what might have been and installing deco trim, moulding and other finishes throughout. more at Globe and Mail – Dave Leblanc