Eco-towns should be near urban sprawl, say planning chief – Birmingham Post

July 7, 2008,AEDT

The Government should drop proposals for eco-towns in rural locations and concentrate instead on developing sustainable communities in urban areas, according to the chairman of Birmingham’s planning committee. Councillor Peter Douglas Osborn said the council would be pushing ahead with its own plans to build five eco-towns within the Birmingham | Read More

Golf ‘ruining our green and pleasant land’

July 6, 2008,AEDT

The sport’s growing popularity has led to dozens of important parks being turned into 18-hole courses, leading to what English Heritage claims is “irreversible damage to the historic environment”. The warning comes as the organisation prepares to launch the first comprehensive register of the country’s neglected historic treasures this week. | Read More

Landscape failed in eco-town plans, says Landscape Institute

July 4, 2008,AEDT

The importance of landscape is neglected in the Government’s eco-towns plans, the Landscape Institute said this week. Chair of the Landscape Institute Policy Committee Jon Lovell said eco-towns provided “an outstanding opportunity” but warned that the sustainability of the proposed eco-towns depended on the integration of landscape planning, design and | Read More

Fight for Waterfront design hots up : Express & Star

July 4, 2008,AEDT

First glimpses of how the multi-million million pound Walsall Waterfront development could look have been revealed after developers announced the final shortlist of designs. We’re looking for a defining piece of architecture for Walsall and now have a shortlist of seven really powerful concepts to choose from.” The London-based contenders | Read More

Sensory garden for pupils – Liverpool

June 24, 2008,AEDT

A SENSORY garden for pupils with learning difficulties was being opened today by Liverpool’s Lord Mayor. Cllr Steve Rotheram was visiting Redbridge School, Fazakerley, to view the garden, which is designed to stimulate the senses. The garden was developed alongside the Liverpool’s Youth Offending Service in Liverpool, which brought a | Read More

Martha Schwartz – I Hate Nature – new installation

June 16, 2008,AEDT

Martha Schwartz is one of the world’s best-known living landscape architects. Her installation in the courtyard at Kjarvalsstadir alludes both to the artist’s experience of nature as explored in the exhibition “Dreams of the Sublime and Nowhere” and to the debate over environmental protection versus exploitation. On display until July | Read More

Ecotowns: for and against – Times Online

June 16, 2008,AEDT

The Times has published an insightful article about the ‘eco-towns’ proposed by the UK Government Ten new clean, green ‘eco-towns’ will be built by 2020. And pigs might fly, say critics. They argue that the government is bulldozing through a programme that will create the slum estates of the future | Read More

Arup creates a gateway to Zaragoza Expo 2008

June 15, 2008,AEDT

Two Arup buildings opened on June 13 forming central features for the Expo 2008 in Zaragoza, Spain. The Bridge Pavilion, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects and Arup is a pedestrian bridge and also serves as the main entrance to the Expo site. The bridge also provides one of the event’s main exhibition | Read More

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