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

Marking of Georgetown – Ideas Competition

The State Government of Penang, Malaysia invites submissions for an international competition for design ideas to physically brand the historic city of George Town, Penang in conjunction with its listing as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008.

Design category: Marking of Public Space
Using available public spaces to mark the World Heritage Site of George Town e.g., walls (public, or possibly private heritage buildings), roads, access points, pedestrian walkways, shelters, bus-stops, manholes, public signages, lamppost, bus stops etc. The winning entry will enter into negotiations with the State Government of Penang, Malaysia to implement the design.*

Stage 1 Prize: RM 10,000 ($US2800)
Deadline – Registration 15 October – Stage 1 Submission 15 November
(please check & confirm dates with competition website)

For More Details go to the competition website – Marking Georgetown

*WORLD LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT* is NOT involved with the Marking Georgetown competition please refer any enquiries to the competition website

5,000 shared bikes for High-Tech Park in Shanghai

ZHANGJIANG High-Tech Park in Shanghai plans to make 5,000 rental bikes available by early-2010 to help workers in the park travel between the Metro Station and offices. The 150 bike rental stations will be positioned every 300 meters in the 25 square kilometer area. The project is to stated in October 2008 with 2 rental stations and 20 bikes now the park has 600 bikes with 50 stations. The bikes are free for the first half hour and then 1 to 3 yuan (15 to 45 US cents) per hour for more time.

SOURCE: Shanghai Daily  РHigh-tech park embraces low-tech transport

Jakarta City calls for help to keep green space

Jakarta City administrators seem to have thrown in the towel claiming that the 650 sq km city is to big to manage with too few city workers and audit team to manage and police development in the city. The city is asking the private sector to help manage buildings in the city and surrounding green spaces. The current green space in the city is 9.97% whereas the plan drawn up in 2000 mandated a minimum 13.49% by 2010.
The Jakata Globe quoted Nirwono Joga, head of the Indonesia Landscape Architecture Study Group, said

“his group and the Indonesian Association of Planners were both ready to step in and form audit teams for the green space supervision program next year.”

SOURCE: Jakata Globe – City calls for help to keep green space

City planning to stop brain drain

Changchun, Jilin China is planning a 12.5 sq km(4.82 sq m) Hi-Tech development Zone to stop the brain drain of its keen entrepreneurs and skilled workers to Shanghai and Beijing. Chanchun is currently planning to build the Changchun Northeast Innovation Center as apart of the Zone to support and encourage its 27 higher learning institutions, 100 technological research institutes and over 40 laboratories.

The Hi-Tech Zone development is scheduled to finish planning and design by the end of 2009. The first phase of the development should be completed by September 2011, the 2nd phase operational in September 2013 and final stage completed in March 2015.

The Hi-Tech Zone will include R&D and production of photoelectronics, LED’s, semiconductor lasers and medical equipment. The zone will also include R&D in biological, medical, high polymer and rare earth chemistry, nano materials and special construction materials.

SOURCE: Xinhua – City tasks innovation center with ending brain drain

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