Construction of NCKU Green Building Kicked Off – MarketWatch

The blueprint of the most pioneering green building in National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) and also probably the first of its kind in the world, namely the Education Center for Subtropical Green Buildings (ECSGB) with an alias as “Green Magic School”, was recently approved by the City Urban Planning Committee of Tainan City in November, 2008, and simultaneously awarded by the Architecture and Building Research Institute of the Ministry of the Interior as a “Diamond Level Candidate for Green Building Labeling”. The detailed construction and design layout of this Green Magic School has been also completed on December 17th. Public tender on the construction work of the NCKU ECSGB is expected to be called around January of 2009 with an aim for completion of all construction work by 2010.

[SOURCE: MarketWatch – Construction of NCKU Green Building Kicked Off]

Green lobby irked by mindless beautifying-The Times of India

The Times of India reports

“City environmentalists and architects are frustrated with KMC’s mindless beautification drives at the city’s parks and tanks, which often endup destroying nature, rather than preserving it.

Conservation architect Manish Chakraborti blamed KMC’s poor planning and the reliance on contractors for the exclusion of tanks from the city. “The KMC does not involve city planners, designers or landscape architects when they want to beautify a place. Instead, they leave it to the wisdom of small-time contractors, who have no aesthetic sense,” he said.”

read the full article @ The Times of India – Green lobby irked by mindless beautifying-Kolkata

Green Plot Ratio: Environmental planning of cities – The Daily Star

Faysal Kabir Shuvo from the Daily Star writes

“Weeks ago I went through the article ‘Blazing Dhaka: An urban heat island’ written by one of my departmental fellows in The Daily Star. It should undoubtedly be a great concern for the urban experts. The UHI is the worse outcome of urban metabolism process (exchange and transformation of material and energy flow) and is very much explicit in most of the densely built urban environments.”

read the full article @ the [SOURCE: The Daily Star]

Hangzhou Shangri-la to get shorter

In a period when the tallest buildlings are going up such as the Shanghai Tower and Burj Dubai it is comforting to see a city that has the initiative to protect its character and urban fabric.

Hangzhou is requiring that buildings that surround the beautiful West Lake should be made less than 24 metres(78.7ft). The Shangri-La hotel on the edge of the Lake will be made to reduce its building.

read more @ the SOURCE: The Guardian – Chinese city to trim tall buildings

Pandas face tough time this winter

China Daily reports

“Giant pandas living in the wild in Sichuan will face a struggle to survive this winter because of the damage caused to their environment by the May 12 earthquake, an expert said Thursday.

In July, the Sichuan government unveiled a 2 billion yuan ($290 million) plan, drawn up by experts from Wolong, Peking University, the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Beijing-based firm Turenscape, to redevelop the reserve.”

[SOURCE: China Daily – Pandas face tough time this winter].

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