AUD $4.3 billion Regional Rail Link Contract Awarded in Victoria, Australia

October 21, 2009,AEDT

The $4.3 billion Regional Rail Link project has reached another major milestone with the appointment of Kellogg Brown and Root (KBR) and Arup to complete the final planning and geotechnical work before construction starts in 2010. “Regional Rail Link was Victoria’s highest priority project for action submitted to the Infrastructure | Read More

Growers’ markets taking root in inner Sydney

October 21, 2009,AEDT

Central Sydney(Newspaper) reports “The plan is to make Chippendale into an urban farm with food available where we live and work and even growing vines on otherwise hot empty walls,” Mr Mobbs said. Meanwhile, more than half the land used by Sydney’s market gardens is likely to disappear under developers | Read More

City an ‘obese parody’

October 7, 2009,AEDT

The Age reports FEDERAL Labor MP Kelvin Thomson has savaged the Victorian Government’s handling of urban planning in a blistering newsletter to constituents. Mr Thomson said the State Government’s planning blueprint Melbourne 2030, which aimed to reduce urban sprawl, had failed badly. He attacked State Government plans to increase Melbourne’s | Read More

Call for water savings proposals for Australian towns and small cities

October 2, 2009,AEDT

The Australian Government is seeking proposals to develop and implement practical projects to help secure urban water supplies in Australian towns and cities with fewer than 50,000 people. “Funding under this program will support cities and towns with fewer than 50,000 people to improve the reliability, efficiency and sustainability of | Read More

Shortlisted Designs for the development of Queens Wharf

September 30, 2009,AEDT

The Winners for the Queens Wharf Competition in Auckland, New Zealand has been announced after thorough evaluation and assessment, five designs have been selected from the 237 original entries. The Finalists Design number 024 – Andrius Gedgaudas, Architect, Shanghai China. Design number 046 – Den Aitken, Pete Griffith and Hamish Foote, | Read More

Winner announced for new School of Design competition

September 15, 2009,AEDT

John Wardle Architects and Office dA have been named the winners of the competition to design the landmark new Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning site at the University of Melbourne. The building will include dedicated spaces for research into sustainable precinct design and performance, along with lecture theatres, a | Read More

Aboriginal landscape management used to reduce emissions

September 14, 2009,AEDT

Dean Yibarbuk from the Bininj(Aborginal) man from Nangark of the Gurrguni clan has written an article in The Guardian about using ancient landscape management practices to manage Northern Australia. The article does not provide how the techniques are reducing emissions but the video below gives more of an insight. Fighting | Read More

Marysville moving on

September 11, 2009,AEDT

The draft Urban Design Framework(UDF) for Marysville was released this week for public display and feedback. Maysville was the sub-alpine town that was wiped out during the bushfires that ravage areas of South-East Australia in Febraury this year.  The UDF is seen by the consultants as There is an opportunity | Read More

Local environment groups get a $5million boost – Australia

September 9, 2009,AEDT

Landcare and Coastcare community groups in Australia are eligible to receive grants of between $5,000 and $20,000 for local projects under a new $5 million program. Groups will be able to apply online for projects including coastal rehabilitation, sustainable farming, tree planting, dune rehabilitation and other projects that improve and | Read More

Glenn Murcutt speaks out about Newcastle University

August 14, 2009,AEDT

Glenn Murcutt, the Pritzker prize-winning architect has spoken out about the new and revised architecture and landscape architecture at Newcastle University. Murcutt, particlarly points out that he is amazed at the cutting down of trees and the change in plant material used on the site. He goes on to online | Read More

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