Leisure park plan for Mapua toxic site

The Nelson Mail (NZ) reports that “A waterfront amphitheatre, a promenade area and a heritage orchard are some of the ideas included in the design for a $1 million waterfront park to transform Mapua’s former toxic site.

Mapua-based landscape architect and urban design expert Robin Simpson is leading the project and is working with Nelson landscape architect Heidi Stewart on the concept plan.”

read more @ the SOURCE: The Nelson Mail – The Nelson Mail.

Australia could do more to promote public architecture: Woods Bagot head

“The UK is more innovative in terms of promoting public architecture, Mark Kelly global director education and science at Woods Bagot told Architecture & Design.”

read more @ the SOURCE: Architecture & Design Australia could do more to promote public architecture: Woods Bagot head.

Flat Bush masterplan for public vetting – NZ Herald

Details of a $1 billion vision for South Auckland will be unveiled next month but its developer is not expecting construction to start until at least 2010.

SOURCE:  NZ Herald: New Zealand National newsFlat Bush masterplan for public vetting

Panel aims at improving urban design

An Urban Design Panel set up by the Christchurch(NZ) City Council is aiming to improve the quality and connectivity of city developments by offering free independent design reviews.

Read more @ the SOURCE: Scoop: Panel aims at improving urban design.

Green policies can save credit crisis and the planet – The Canberra Times

“We need the environmental economists and others thinking outside the square to provide strategies and approaches to secure our social and ecological futures.”

read more @ the SOURCE: The Canberra TimesGreen policies can save credit crisis and the planet

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