Mayor announces 10 low carbon neighbourhoods in the capital


Energy ‘doctors’ and loans for solar panels are among the green projects which will be pioneered in 10 ‘low carbon zones’ in the capital, the Mayor of London announced today.

Speaking at the London Congress, a meeting of the Mayor of London and the capital’s 33 boroughs at the Guildhall, Boris Johnson announced the 10 successful boroughs which have won funding to become ‘low carbon zones’.

They are: Barking Town Centre (Barking and Dagenham), Muswell Hill (Haringey), Archway (Islington), Brixton (Lambeth), Lewisham Town Centre (Lewisham), Wandle Valley (Merton), Ham and Petersham (Richmond upon Thames), Peckham (Southwark), Hackbridge ( Sutton) Queen’s Park (Westminster).

Each of the winning boroughs will be awarded at least £200,000 to pioneer energy –busting measures in their low carbon zones.

SOURCE: Mayor of London

DSDHA win Pennine Lancashire Squared competition

Proposed site plan highlighting a series of new spaces along a revitalised route

Proposed site plan highlighting a series of new spaces along a revitalised route

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DSDHA has won the Clithroe square area of the competition seeking ideas for the high profile public spaces in six Pennine Lancashire towns.

An architecture team inspired by Clitheroe’s pretty streets and unique character has triumphed in the Pennine Lancashire Squared competition.

DSDHA’s winning entry for Clitheroe suggests creating not just a square but a network of public spaces, celebrating the town’s unique qualities and reconnecting the market with the historic town centre and surrounding areas. The team’s ideas include making improvements to the market square, and revitalising existing routes through the town to enhance links between arrival ‘gateways’, destinations, pocket parks and meeting places.

DSDHA Director David Hills said: “Working within such a stunning landscape is something about which we are deeply passionate. We hope that our design approach shows respect for Clitheroe’s past whilst simultaneously creating new opportunities for its cultural and commercial renewal. We are extremely excited by this unique opportunity to make this a reality, working in close collaboration with Elevate and the wider Client team.”

The other four practices which made the shortlist for Clitheroe were Mitchell + Associates (landscape architects, urban designers and architects), ARUP and KMCS; Planit-ie; Graeme Massie Architects, rankinfraser landscape architecture and Donald Urquhart, Artist; and Birds Portchmouth Russum.

Winning design teams for four other Pennine Lancashire towns – Accrington(winner: Landscape Projects), Burnley(winner: Civic Architects & Colour: Urban Design), Blackburn(winner: Studio Weave and MESH Partnership) and Nelson (winner: Robinson Landscape Design, Reid Jubb Brown & Kapok) and the final winner – for Bacup – will be announced later this month.

SOURCE: Elevate East Lancashire
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Infrastructure blamed for Turkish floods

Istanbul Floods SOURCE: CCTV

Istanbul Floods SOURCE: CCTV

The deadly floods in Turkey have been blamed on poor infrastructure and illegal development throughout the city like Istandul. Experts stated that areas that had infrastructure 10 years ago to cope with 10,000 people now have populations of 100,000 people with the same outdated infrastructure. The urban development of Istanbul has created large areas of impermeable surfaces that increase the amount and speed of water runoff.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman

Increased Density could mean reduced emissions

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Last week the NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL released a report titled DRIVING AND THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT: THE EFFECTS OF COMPACT DEVELOPMENT ON MOTORIZED TRAVEL, ENERGY USE, AND CO2 EMISSIONS stating that

Increasing population and employment density in metropolitan areas could reduce vehicle travel, energy use, and CO2 emissions from less than 1 percent up to 11 percent by 2050 compared to a base case for household vehicle usage……

The report continues to give examples of if 75% of all new and replacement housing units were developed at twice the density and people drive 25% less then then CO2 emissions would be reduced by 7-8% by 2030, 8-11% by 2050. However if only 25% of housing was developed at twice the density and drove 12% less then the reduction in CO2 would only be 1% by 2030 and 1.7% by 2050.

The report also outlined the obstacles with trying achieve 75% dwellings at twice the denisty including local growth, local zoning regulations, concerns about congestion and home values.

The report also stated that

Government policies to support more compact, mixed-use development should be encouraged, the report says. The nation is likely to set ambitious goals to address climate change and, given the large contribution of the transportation sector to greenhouse gas emissions, changes in land use may have to be part of the effort.  If so, land use changes should be implemented soon, because current development patterns will take decades to reverse

For more information about the report go to the NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL website.

SOURCE: NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL

IMAGE SOURCE: Flickr austrini (suburbia)  Flickr DrPleishner (city)

Dubai Metro launches today

After four years of construction, Dubai will finally have its own Metro. The Metro Red Line will be opened tonight at Galleria of the Mall station by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. The general public will be able to start using the Metro tomorrow morning from 5:30am.

The Metro is hoped to cut traffic congestion on Dubai’s roads and increase public transport usage from 10 to 30 per cent.

SOURCE: The National Newspaper – Dubai Metro launches tonight

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