Urban development guidelines published – The Irish Times

“Statutory planning guidelines on development in urban areas were launched on Dec 31, 2008 by Irish Minister for the Environment John Gormley.”

[SOURCE: The Irish Times – “Urban development guidelines published”]

2,000 trees to create the roots of London 2012 Olympic Park – London 2012

Suppliers are being sought for approximately 2,000 mature and semi-mature trees to form the ‘roots’ of the 100 hectare park that will provide a colorful setting and festival atmosphere for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and a new green space for people and wildlife in legacy.

The four to seven metre high trees will be planted over the following three winters as the park is created on cleaned up former industrial land and will include a range of traditional species such as oak, ash, alder, willow, birch, hazel, cherry, poplar, London plane and lime. Companies interested in supplying the trees can register for the opportunity at www.competefor.com – the online ‘dating’ agency matching businesses to London 2012 supply chain work.

Read the full press release @London 2012 – News: 2,000 trees to create the roots of London 2012 Olympic Park

Foster + Partners with Aston Martin win joint first prize in competition to design a new bus for London

The joint submission by Foster + Partners and Aston Martin has won first prize, alongside Capoco Design, in Transport for London’s competition to design a new bus for the capital. The two iconic British brands worked together to challenge preconceptions of bus design with a vehicle that is environmentally sensitive, accessible, convivial and reinvents a much-loved symbol of London for the modern era.

Read more & see the images @ the [SOURCE: Foster + Partners].

Position statement – Green infrastructure and the value of connected, multifunctional landscapes

Landscape Institure reports

“The Landscape Institute believes green infrastructure approaches to land use planning must be afforded the same priority as conventional infrastructural components; a priority that it rightly deserves given its critical role in a wide range of challenges including economic competitiveness, climate change adaptation and mitigation, social cohesion, human health and wellbeing and reconnecting society with the natural environment.

Whilst appreciation of the value of natural elements throughout our urban and rural environments is increasing, there still exists a widespread lack of awareness of just how important these assets are. With this in mind, the Landscape Institute made the decision to produce a position statement on the them of green infrastructure and the important role that the landscape architecture profession has to play in its delivery.

Members’ views are vital in finalising the content of the draft document, a copy of which can be found here. We would be grateful to all members who would be willing to review the draft position statement and provide feedback.

Any queries should be directed to Stephen Russell, Policy and Public Affairs Officer, on 020 7299 4509 or at stephenr@landscapeinstitute.org”

[SOURCE: Landscape Institute – Position statement - Green infrastructure and the value of connected, multifunctional landscapes].

River Soar Footbridge – RIBA

Shortlist announced – River Soar Footbridge Competition

The RIBA is delighted to announce the shortlist in the competition to design a new foot and cycle bridge crossing the River Soar in Leicester.

151 expressions of interest were received from all over the world including India, Australia, Iceland, Brazil and the USA. Six teams have now been shortlisted for the second stage design phase and those teams are:

- Allies and Morrison with Price and Myers

- Explorations Architecture, Paris with Buro Happold

- Knight Architects with Gifford Bridge Designers

- McDowell & Benedetti with Arup

- Moxon Architects with Arup

- Ramboll Whitbybird

James Sinclair of Leicester Regeneration Company said “We have been delighted by both the quantity and the quality of the submissions received, even though this has made the selection exercise a very exacting process. We now have an outstanding shortlist of design teams and look forward to seeing the results of their design development in the New Year”.

The shortlisted designs will be submitted in early February 2009 with final presentations held on 19 February 2009 in Leicester.

SOURCE: RIBA – River Soar Footbridge.

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