Sensory park designed to stimulate senses of elderly and disabled

Singapore – A Japanese-inspired sensory park to be built in Singapore will be filled with sweet-smelling flowers designed to appeal to the elderly and Braille signs describing the plants for the blind, news reports said on Friday.

Scheduled for completion in the first quarter of 2009, the 1.1- hectare pilot park near housing for many of Singapore’s elderly is planned to include water features, sculptures to touch and pavement to create special sounds.

Sensory park designed to stimulate senses of elderly and disabled – Asia-Pacific. M&C

Beijing expands 24-hour transport system for Olympics revelers

BEIJING, Dec. 13 (Xinhua) — Midnight revelers will have a wider choice of public transport during the 2008 Olympic Games as Beijing is to launch special bus routes and add seven routes to the 24-hour bus network.

Thirty-four bus routes would be arranged to relieve possible transport pressure around venues and tourist sites during the Games, said Liu Xiaoming, deputy director of the Beijing Municipal Transportation Commission, on Thursday.

Beijing expands 24-hour transport system for Olympics revelers_English_Xinhua.

Shanghai maglev rail route may detour to avoid residences- Xinhua

The planners of the Shanghai-Hangzhou magnetic levitation (maglev) rail project will design the proposed route to avoid residential buildings and lessen the impact of radiation upon people, according to a municipal government official.

“The maglev project has basically two environmental effects: noise and magnetic radiation,” said Zhang Quan, deputy director of the Shanghai Environmental Bureau.

A maglev train generates high levels of noise at speeds exceeding 200 kilometers per hour. “A possible solution for the noise problem may be slowing the train in downtown areas and speeding it up when it leaves urban districts,” said Zhang.

Approved by the central government in March 2006, the 175-km Shanghai-Hangzhou maglev rail project is estimated to cost 35 billion yuan (4.5 billion U.S. dollars). Trains will be able to reach a speed of 450 km per hour.

Shanghai maglev rail route may detour to avoid residences_English_Xinhua.

Waste disposal and waste-watch through community participation

I have a novel idea to mitigate this problem. We all know that careless and irresponsible waste disposal practices are now a punishable offence. Since it is an offence, we tend to commit it. We deem dumping our waste criminally and carelessly on someone else’s premises or ‘elsewhere’ as heroics. This is a common misbehaviour associated with any community. We cannot stop it unless people take the initiative and stop it themselves. How can we make people stop it? The only way out is “waste-watching”. This has nothing to do with watching whether someone is disposing of waste in the right manner. Waste-watch is a new concept I propose to shame the people concerned. Since we are so obsessed with our integrity and dignity, it is a good idea to exploit this weakness of the people. Waste disposal and waste-watch through community participation – Merinews.com

Skypark – The way of the future?

All you need to do is take the elevator to the SkyPark of The Gramercy’s sweeping three-level amenity deck that begins on the tower’s 35th floor. Award-winning designers Jerde Partnership have brought tropical island getaway to this residential project that is almost everything that urban dwellers ever wanted.

The Manila Times Internet Edition | PROPERTY & HOME > A tropical paradise so very high above the ground.

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