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
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
Image Source: Flickr – Xtreambar
Will Hurst, David Rogers of Building Design report
It will happen, says government; Cabe to beef up review panel in meantime
A competition promised by the government to help find the best designs for its flagship eco-towns initiative has been mothballed.
read the full article at Building Design – Design competition for eco-towns mothballed
Science Daily reports
New research shows that 21st century British woodlands are less distinctive than those of the early 20th century due to environmental change. Native woodland plants have re-organised over the last 70 years in response to increased soil fertility and loss of light related to increased canopy shading.
SOURCE: Science Daily – Woodlands Suffer Large-scale Biodiversity Loss
Bournemouth University. “Woodlands Suffer Large-scale Biodiversity Loss.” ScienceDaily 21 July 2009.
25 July 2009 <http://www.sciencedaily.com /releases/2009/07/090722083727.htm>
Urban Landscape Group have just launched the Barge Beach Budapest/Uszály Strand
Budapest is famous for its Turkish baths and open air pools, but this summer there is an unusual addition to the capital’s bathing scene: a floating beach on the Danube river, right in the city centre.
Mayor Gabor Demszky on Thursday praised the solution to the “decades old” problem of Budapest citizens being cut off from the Danube by the two busy highways that run along its embankments.
The “beach” is actually a wooden-decked platform built onto old barges of the type that haul cargoes of coal and stone up and down the Danube.
It has an area of 2100 square metres, larger than six tennis courts, with a 16-metre swimming pool, a coffee bar sand pits and a childrens paddling pool and sun loungers.
Az Uszály Strand egy medencés strand, mely egy uszály rakterébõl kialakított úszó- és gyermekmedencébõl, valamint az uszály mellé csatolt 2 bárkából áll, melyeken különleges, a strandolást kiegészítõ „vízélmények” valamint napozóágyak találhatók, melyek 2100m2-en terülnek el. A vízen úszó különleges látványstrand a Duna-part frekventált, turisták által látogatott belvárosi szakaszán jelent unikális élményt az érdeklõdõknek, a hazai közönségnek és a turistáknak egyaránt.
SOURCE: Urban Landscape Group VIA Inhabitat
Image SOURCE: Urban Landscape Group