Zoo to get first master plan in 134 years

The Alipore Zoo in India was founded in 1875 spread across 45 acres housing numerous animals. A new masterplan is being formulated to upgrade facilities, change the housing of most animals, and ban visitors from being food to the zoo. Such a masterplan has been long coming at the zoo as organisations such as PETA have protested and brought to light the issues of cramp cages and living conditions for many of the animals.

SOURCE: The Telegraph – Calcutta (Kolkata) – First master plan in 134 yrs

Winner announced for new School of Design competition

John Wardle Architects and Office dA have been named the winners of the competition to design the landmark new Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning site at the University of Melbourne.

The building will include dedicated spaces for research into sustainable precinct design and performance, along with lecture theatres, a library, exhibition, and specialist workshop spaces. It will accommodate students enrolled in the Bachelor of Environments, one of the degrees formed under the Melbourne Model, and in the Melbourne School of Design as well as provide offices for staff of the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning.

SOURCE: University of Melbourne

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Aboriginal landscape management used to reduce emissions

Dean Yibarbuk from the Bininj(Aborginal) man from Nangark of the Gurrguni clan has written an article in The Guardian about using ancient landscape management practices to manage Northern Australia. The article does not provide how the techniques are reducing emissions but the video below gives more of an insight.

Fighting carbon with fire – Arnhemland, Australia from UNUChannel on Vimeo.

SOURCE: The Guardian – Aboriginal fire management cuts CO2 in Australia
VIDEO SOURCE: Vimeo – Fighting carbon with fire – Arnhemland Australia – United Nations University

Marysville moving on

Artists Impression - SOURCE: We will rebuild Victoria

Artists Impression - SOURCE: We will rebuild Victoria

The draft Urban Design Framework(UDF) for Marysville was released this week for public display and feedback. Maysville was the sub-alpine town that was wiped out during the bushfires that ravage areas of South-East Australia in Febraury this year.  The UDF is seen by the consultants as

There is an opportunity to rebuild the town to create a distinct character that complements the beauty of the surrounding environment and secures Marysville’s economic future. Encompassing the values and aspirations of the community, the Marysville and Triangle Urban Design Framework is an important first step in achieving this.

It will guide the rebuilding of Marysville and assist with decision-making about the projects that will help to attract businesses and services back into the town and provide jobs for local people. It will guide how the town can be rebuilt in a way that optimises the natural and economic advantages of the Marysville and Triangle region.

A copy of the Draft UDF is available here

SOURCE: We will rebuild Victoria via Architecture & Design

Local environment groups get a $5million boost – Australia

Landcare and Coastcare community groups in Australia are eligible to receive grants of between $5,000 and $20,000 for local projects under a new $5 million program. Groups will be able to apply online for projects including coastal rehabilitation, sustainable farming, tree planting, dune rehabilitation and other projects that improve and rehabilitate the landscape.

SOURCE: Australian Department of Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries

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