Oases in the sky are a growing trend in our concrete jungles

February 18, 2008,AEDT

Scientists and property developers say green roofs on commercial buildings are good for the environment and good for the soul. “Green roofs reduce energy through insulation, reduce stormwater run off and benefit individuals and communities,” says Green Roofs Australia president Geoff Wilson. “But Australia is behind the rest of the | Read More

Vietnam – Coastal tourism taking off

February 17, 2008,AEDT

In late 2007, the Vietnam Import-Export and Construction Corporation (Vinaconex) kicked started its project at the Cai Gia – Cat Ba – Hai Phong Tourism and Urban Area by developing the infrastructure for Tung Thu artificial beach. Tran Ngoc Quang, Director of the Management Board, said the project covers an | Read More

Cities join WWF to cut carbon use

January 30, 2008,AEDT

Shanghai and Baoding have become the first cities to take part in a new WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature) initiative to research less carbon-intensive paths to urban development in China, the international environmental organization said. The Low Carbon City Initiative will initially focus on energy efficiency in buildings, renewable | Read More

More green, less glitz will improve city life

January 30, 2008,AEDT

We need more green, not glitz in the city. We need the soothing green, the trees and shade, the parks where we can amble for a bit of respite from the concrete jungle. Lack of natural landscape for public recreation is a major weakness in our striving international metropolis. Trees | Read More

Builders of city parks

January 27, 2008,AEDT

PARKS are the refreshing green patches in a concrete, gray dominated urban environment. They provide the city’s denizens with fresh air to breathe. Unfortunately, there are not too many of them here in Cebu City. Open spaces, like parks and plazas, compliment architecture. City parks afford its dwellers space, not | Read More

Trend: Creativity Made in China – MAD Architects

January 26, 2008,AEDT

Over the last two decades China has become known as the factory of the world; “Made in China” has often come to symbolize cheapness, sub-standard quality and lack of originality. More recently however, thanks to a booming economy, political deregulation and social development, China has witnessed the gradual evolution of | Read More

Dongtan Eco city shouldn’t be a marketing piece – Planners

January 26, 2008,AEDT

Two countries will lead the world in eco-cities: China and Britain.” The words of British Prime Minister Gordon Brown lingered in the cold Shanghai winter air long after he had given tacit approval to the Dongtan ‘eco-city’, set to be constructed on the formerly preserved wetlands of Chongming Island, near | Read More

Singapore landscape industry to grow 10% a year

January 22, 2008,AEDT

The landscape industry is worth an estimated S$1 billion and the government expects it to grow rapidly. This is according to the Minister of State for National Development, Grace Fu. She was speaking at the Singapore Institute of Landscape Architects (SILA) Design Awards Presentation and Dinner on Monday evening. Ms | Read More

City builders to keep people in mind

January 22, 2008,AEDT

Environmentalists, urban planners and experts at a seminar in the city said architecture and life are closely related with each other. While planning a city and designing any architecture, all should keep in mind the welfare of the people, socio-cultural environment and the cause of humanity. People are becoming urbanised, | Read More

Brown offers China green incentive

January 20, 2008,AEDT

Prime Minister Gordon Brown has promised China £50 million in aid for “green” technology as he seeks to switch the focus of his visit to the country to climate change. The Prime Minister has promised at least that sum will be handed out to support investment in energy efficiency, so-called | Read More

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