National Parks Report, Urban Woods and Green Energy Centre opens

Scotland has seen had a lot of green news this week with the National Parks Report being released, which recommends the reducing the numbers of members of the authority and setting up a short term National Parks Strategy Group. The government also earmarked
£1m for a makeover of Urban Woods including upgrading trails and planting new trees(from The Herald). Aberdeen saw the official opening of the Scottish European Green Energy Centre(SEGEC) which will focus on marine energy, offshore wind, long distance super grid development and smart distribution grids, carbon capture and storage, renewable heat and energy efficiency.

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OMA reduced plans for Commonwealth Institute

The Architects Journal reports that the OMA plans for redevelopment of the former Commonwealth Institute in Kensington have been submitted with reductions in height and less demolition of existing buildings about outcry from conservation groups.
via Architects Journal – OMA’s Institute plans ‘significantly reduced’

World Landscape Architect first reported on the OMA Commonwealth Institute project in December 2008.

New Chair of CABE appointed

Paul Finch has been appointed as the new chair of CABE and will take over from Sir John Sorrell this December.

Paul is Programme director of the World Architecture Festival, and editor emeritus of Architectural Review and Architects’ Journal.

He has chaired CABE’s London 2012 design review panel since 2006. A former commissioner and deputy chair of CABE, Paul spent five years as chair of CABE’s design review panel, and also chaired its regional committee.

Sir John Sorrell said he was delighted by Paul Finch’s appointment as his successor: ‘He will be a powerful advocate for good design. He brings an encyclopaedic knowledge of architecture and urban design, and he knows the work of every leading designer, internationally as well as nationally. Most importantly he knows how to get the best out of them, which is exactly what we need in difficult economic times.’

SOURCE: CABE

Government criticised for ‘ignoring’ its obligations

timesofmalta.com reports

The International Council of Monuments and Sites (ICoMOS) has lambasted the government for “ignoring” its obligations when it failed to address a number of issues raised by UNESCO on Valletta‘s world heritage status.
The organisation was reacting to the news that UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee has asked the government to submit a state of conservation report on Valletta by February next year.

SOURCE: timesofmalta.com – Government criticised for ‘ignoring’ its obligations

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Britain’s streets revealed as no-go areas – Living Streets

Living Streets announced the findings of a report into street survey yesterday. The new report was to mark the 80th anniversary of the formation of Living Streets (formerly the Pedestrians Association), highlighted the changes in how streets are used.

Stating that almost half the children aged between 5-10 years old never play on their streets and that over 2/3 of the parents use the car or public transport to go to supermarkets as they were out of walking distance.

New research shows our streets are in danger of losing the social function they have had in the past, as they are shifted from social hubs for the community, into spaces considered no go areas for children.

Tony Armstrong, Chief Executive of Living Streets said:

“Overall the research published today paints a bleak picture of how our streets have changed over the past 80 years. More than a quarter of people today know less than two of their neighbours, where as the majority of older respondents remember knowing at least 5 of their neighbours well when they had a young family. In addition to this, it is becoming increasingly rare to see children playing out on the streets. We have effectively designed ourselves out of our own communities through urban planning that has failed to prioritise people.

SOURCE: Living Streets

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