It’s not often you go from your day job to turning a sheep over and inspecting its hooves,” says Brigitta Richards. A nursery nurse, Richards is one of a growing number of volunteer shepherds recruited by Brighton and Hove city council as part of an initiative to reintroduce grazing to its urban parks, after an absence of more than 50 years. “It gets me out and about, and you’re doing something to protect and conserve the environment as well.”
SOURCE: The rise of the urban shepherd – Society – The Guardian.
Championing the value of large trees in the urban environment
The environmental, economic and social benefits of trees are well documented. Members of The Landscape Institute routinely work to ensure that trees form an integral part of the urban landscape and public realm. However, the valuable contribution made by large-growing trees in particular is often compromised or precluded by negative perceptions relating to maintenance, nuisance or safety and associated costs.
The Role of the TDAG
The Landscape Institute is a member of the Trees and Design Action Group (TDAG) – a multi-disciplinary group of individual professionals and organisations from both the private and public sectors who have come together under The London Tree and Woodland Framework to collaborate in achieving an increased awareness of the role of trees in the built environment. Its other members include representatives from the GLA, Design for London, Urban Design London, Transport for London, the City of London and other London boroughs, the London Trees and Woodland Framework, the Forestry Commission, Royal Parks, the Tree Council, Trees for Cities, various leading developers, representatives of the insurance and utilities industries and design consultants.
SOURCE: LI – The Landscape Institute and the Trees and Design Action Group.
West 8 announced in Dutch that they have won a park competition the following is a translation of the announcement.
The challenge is an integral plan for the sewage plant (RWZI), where the new building is connected to the national park Diezemond. It indicated how the water purification plant in a responsible and innovative manner can perform functions in respect of recreation, tourism, nature and energy.
De opgave betreft een integraal plan voor de rioolwaterzuiveringsinstallatie (RWZI), waarbij de nieuwbouw is verbonden met het natuurpark Diezemond. Daarin is aangegeven hoe de RWZI op een verantwoorde en vernieuwende wijze functies kan vervullen ten aanzien van recreatie, toerisme, natuureducatie en energieopwekking.
Scotsman.com reports that RMJM the Edinburgh based firm has launched a project worth £1m in conjuction with the Stephen Lawrence Trust to encourage more inner city youths from ethnic minorities to pursue a career in architecture.
RMJM worked on the Scottish Parliament building hopes that the project will increase the diversity and creativity of architecture and help address the global skills shortage that will become more pressing over the next 25 years as more architects retire.
SOURCE: RMJM has designs for young urban architects – Scotsman.com Business.
Jon Land of 24dash.com reports that Glynedebourne Opera House of East Sussex, UK will install a 230ft (70m) to reduce the venue’s carbon emissions by 70% and will reduce its impact on the environment.
SOURCE: 24dash – Glyndebourne Opera House given go-ahead for 230ft wind turbine>
Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem is ready to build a 50-thousand city in Balin near Chrzanów in the industrial south of Poland – “Polska” daily reports. The investment is to be financed by Al Nakheel Properties. The same developer is currently building the World – a man-made archipelago of 300 islands designed in the shape of a world map located off the Dubai coast.
SOURCE: Polish Market Online.
FASHION guru turned urban design expert Wayne Hemingway is one of the most outspoken critics of British playgrounds.
He wants UK councils to follow the lead of other European countries like Germany and Denmark, which have a more imaginative approach to play and refuse to sacrifice risk and fun because of health and safety regulations.
Yorkshire Evening Post – Design expert looks to continent to put risk back into playtime –