Vancouver is poised to become one of the creative cities of the world, but that success could be eroded if it can’t find a way to provide affordable housing, says the current guru of urban planning.
“You are in the proverbial catbird seat,” said Richard Florida, the hugely popular author of The Rise of the Creative Class, whose work has generated headlines around North America and even appearances on The Colbert Report.
For one, he says, Vancouver has developed a new kind of urbanism that combines a beautiful built environment with a beautiful natural environment
Read more @ the SOURCE: Vancouver Sun – City’s creativity relies on affordability, author says.
While discussing the proposed $7.5 million renovation of the Downtown Mall, city planners and the MMM Design Group, the Norfolk-based design firm contracted to do the work, have repeatedly vowed to remain faithful to the original Lawrence Halprin design. Interestingly, no one bothered to consult Halprin himself.
Reached at the California studio where he’s busy working on his memoirs, the 92-year-old landscape architect says he was unaware of the current plan to update his 1976 Charlottesville Mall design. Still, it wasn’t unfamiliar news. Quite a few of his landscapes have been renovated and altered over the years– and in 2003, the same year he received the National Medal of Arts from President Bush, the nation’s highest honor for artistic excellence, his Skyline Park in Denver was demolished.
Read more @ the SOURCE: The Hook – ONARCHITECTURE- Mauling the Mall? Don’t change the bricks: Halprin.
It’s unmistakable and unprecedented as Calgary’s first eco-friendly and fully sustainable office building.
The Water Centre “landscaper” building, as long as the Calgary Tower is high, is home to nearly 800 water treatment staff, cost $43 million to build and should pay for itself within 15 years through energy savings, said city project manager Russ Golightly.
read more @ the SOURCE: Metro News.ca – City unveils self-sustaining water centre.
A half-million-dollar plan to re-engineer and protect Mud Lick Creek is designed to enhance what is one of Roanoke County’s most popular parks.
County Engineer George Simpson led a discussion Monday morning with 30 to 40 people at Garst Mill Park on a project to fight erosion and pollution of the creek there.
Approximately 3,000 linear feet of Mud Lick Creek run through the park, making it one of the park’s most prominent features and one that’s especially popular with children, who wade in it.
The project, which the county is calling a “restoration,” is a pilot, Simpson said, attempting to re-create the natural contours of the stream. Similar programs may be attempted in other watersheds threatened by pollution and erosion if this one is successful.
SOURCE: redOrbit – Mud Lick Creek Project Fights Erosion, Pollution – Science –
A new development, such as an office and retail building or landscaping enhancement, doesn’t suddenly appear by magic, although it may seem that way to citizens who are not paying attention. There’s often a long process, including planning, negotiating and compromising among developers and city officials, followed by city meetings and public hearings as builders struggle to meet city requirements. The first draft of a plan is rarely, if ever, the last.
Loyola Corners – This shopping district that traces back to Los Altos’ early days may receive a makeover. Responding to safety concerns and complaints of lack of aesthetics, the city has employed landscape architect David Gates to draft a Loyola Corners beautification plan – repairing and adding new sidewalks, adding landscaping and repainting streetlights black.
The project is in the “very early stages right now,” Assistant City Manager James Walgren said.
SOURCE: Los Altos Town Crier » Behind the scenes.
Neophyte farmer Nicholas Read is spending the summer learning how to grow food. With the help of City Farm Boy Ward Teulon, who runs a network of 14 backyard vegetable farms in Vancouver, he hopes to learn to tell the difference between a seed and a weed. This is his second report.
Even this early in the growing season, some crops are ready to harvest. Spinach, radishes, a few varieties of lettuce, several kinds of salad greens and herbs are all ready to eat. That’s because these crops can tolerate a cool soil temperature; others can’t. It’s also why if you visit a farmers’ market now, you won’t find much else unless it’s been grown in a greenhouse.
read more @ the SOURCE: Vancouver Sun – Urban Farmer II.
What do vertical farms, green roofs, soft cars, breathing walls, and Dongtan, China, have in common? They were all subjects of discussion at Friday’s Future Cities event in New York City, part of the four-day 2008 World Science Festival.
To a packed house, Columbia University microbiologist Dickson Despommier described his vision for feeding the planet’s burgeoning, and increasingly urban, population. The vertical farm takes agriculture and stacks it into the tiers of a modern skyscraper. Instead of stopping at the corner pizzeria for dinner, Despommier suggested, you could pluck a nice head of lettuce, maybe some corn, and some tomatoes for a big salad, all in your own building, on the way to your apartment. You can’t get fresher or more local than that.
SOURCE: Gristmill – Vertical farms and future cities | Gristmill: The environmental news blog .