Green roofs could stop sewage from flowing into waterways

Cities could stop raw sewage from being dumped into local waterways during heavy rains if they installed more rooftop gardens on their buildings, says a Canadian environmental group.

SOURCE: cbc.ca – Green roofs could stop sewage from flowing into waterways: group.

Miami designers, architects join MAM team – MiamiHerald.com

“Miami Art Museum, in the midst of planning and designing a new home in Bicentennial Park, has assembled a design team that consists of at least 10 Miami-based architectural and design firms.

The Miami-based organizations are: A.D.A. Engineering, Miami, as civil engineers; Arquitectonica Geo, Miami, as landscape architects; Douglas Wood and Associates of Coral Gables, as structural engineering subcontractors; EE&G, Miami Lakes, as environmental consultants; JALRW Engineering, Miami, as mechanical engineering subcontractors; Kaderabek Co., Miami, as geotechnical consultants; Laura Llerena Associates, Miami, as landscape architect subcontractors; Miller Legg Associates, Miami, as surveyors; Schirmer Engineering, North Miami Beach, as code consultants; Tim Haahs & Associates, Miami, as parking consultants.”

Read more @ the SOURCE  Miami designers, architects join MAM team – 08/30/2008 – MiamiHerald.com.

Sasaki and Olympic Green – LA TIMES

Christopher Hawthorne wrote an interesting article about the Olympic Architecture and was interesting to read about his conversation with Sasaki about the Beijng Olympic Green as follows:

“I was put through to Dennis Pieprz, the president of the firm, who oversaw its work on the Green. After I asked him whether he would be in the capital during my visit and available to give me a tour of the results, there was a long pause.

“Well, I haven’t been to Beijing in quite some time,” he finally said, explaining that Olympic officials had taken over and modified the Sasaki plan so extensively that the firm now basically disavows the final product.

And there it was, plain as day on the firm’s website, when I went back to check: “Sasaki had no involvement in the design and implementation of the final landscape for the Beijing Olympics.”

So much for signature Olympic architecture. This is something closer to the reverse: A firm anxious to scrub its name from the official record before the Games get underway.”

SOURCE: Los Angeles Times – Chinese architects the winners in Games – .

Shirley Hoy announces departure as City Manager of Toronto

Toronto City Manager Shirley Hoy today announced that she will leave the position of City Manager effective October 6, 2008.

SOURCE: Toronto Cty Council Press Release – Shirley Hoy announces departure as City Manager, Commitment to public service her hallmark.

Moving Downtown to save on car costs

The Associated Press and other news outlets have reported over the last few weeks on the growing trend for young people and empty nesters moving downtown in major cities across the USA to save on fuel costs and to reduce their travel time.

The other growing trend is more people opting to use public transport to get to work whether it be driving to a station and riding to work.

Both of these shifts in commuter patterns is due to fuel however it is not solely in the USA, across Europe and Asis are changing their habits however many governments have been left lagging on public transport as they never anticipated a huge spike in oil. 

Let’s hope this shift to downtown living and use of public transport stays for the long term and creates more livable walkable cities.

The reference SOURCE: Associated Press – Renters go downtown to save on gas, commuting

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