Mayor (London) announces £4million plans to kick-start eco-innovation fund

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, today announced proposals for a multi-million pound ‘London Green Fund’ to boost London’s low carbon economy, create jobs and tackle climate change.

The fund may also be targeted at decentralised energy and new waste technology initiatives – areas that have experienced difficulties in fulfilling their potential and would benefit from the fund’s pump priming function. The fund aims to leverage millions of pounds of private investment to enable the development of carbon-cutting infrastructure at the scale required to meet the Mayor’s 60 per cent carbon reduction target by 2025.

The green fund plans are contained in ‘Leading to a Greener London’, published by the Mayor detailing his environment and climate change priorities for London. The Mayor wants improve Londoners’ quality of life through an ambitious series of environmental improvements, tackling climate change, reducing pollution/improving air quality, consuming fewer resources and using resources more effectively which also exploit the new opportunities coming from developing a low carbon economy.

one of the pledges include:

Making London greener, cleaner and more civilised – 1500 of 10,000 new street trees already planted; 11 parks being revamped with £6million fund; Capital Growth delivering 2012 new food growing plots by 2012; expanding the East London across London; boosting green roofs and green walls; planning protection for existing green spaces; working with the boroughs to tackle litter, chewing gum and graffiti; boosting volunteering

SOURCE: Mayor of London

Fury as Irish deputy PM tells architects to reduce their fees – Architects Journal

Architects Journal reports

Architects have reacted angrily to Irish deputy prime minister Mary Coughlan’s claim that they are a sector that has yet to feel ‘the chill winds of economic reality’, and that they should be slashing fees to make the Republic more competitive.

read the full article at the SOURCE:Architects Journal – Fury as Irish deputy PM tells architects to reduce their fees

RMJM’s European landscape architecture division rebrands as STRATA

International architecture firm RMJM has announced that its UK-based landscape architectural division, Land, is to adopt the name STRATA.

RMJM’s landscape architects already operate under the name STRATA in the Middle East and Asia. This step will create a single global design brand for the firm’s landscape business.

Land, as it has been known since 2005, is part of the team which was recently appointed to design the Athletes’ Village for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Other major projects include a mixed use development and public realm masterplan for Maryhill Locks in Glasgow (for client Elder and Cannon Architects and Collective Architecture) and providing landscape architecture services for RMJM’s Okhta Centre project in St Petersburg, Russia.

Viraj Chatterjee, STRATA’s Hong Kong-based Design Director, said; “Our client-base is increasingly international and it’s important that we reflect that in the way we work. Bringing the teams together under one international design brand will help us to share expertise and collaborate more effectively, bringing in talent and experience from around the world in order to meet our clients’ needs.”

SOURCE: RMJM

Engineers accused of taking ‘tidal reef’ idea in Severn estuary competition – guardian.co.uk

John Vidal reports at guardian.co.uk

Decc rejects proposal from Rupert Armstrong-Evans but accepts very similar project from Rolls-Royce and WS Atkins….

Rupert Armstrong-Evans, who pioneered renewable energy in Britain and now runs a marine engineering firm in Cornwall, spent 18 months researching the idea of a 12-mile long “tidal reef” for the estuary…………

read the full article and watch the video at the SOURCE: guardian.co.uk  – Engineers accused of taking ‘tidal reef’ idea in Severn estuary competition

Transforming Paris: “Le Grand Paris 2030” as a Post-Kyoto Metropolis

Paul Lukez of Worldchanging has written an interesting article about Paris as the urban ideal and how it and then reviews the entries by various firms into Le Grand Pari de L’agglomération Parisienne

The problem of city-making today is as much about making new cities as it is about transforming our existing metropolises, especially suburbs, and edge-city developments. The suburban metropolis is relatively young…

read the full article at the SOURCE: Worldchanging: Bright Green: Transforming Paris: “Le Grand Paris 2030” as a Post-Kyoto Metropolis

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