Top European planner ‘astonished’ by rural housing sprawl – The Irish Times – Fri, Oct 24, 2008

Virna Bussadori, president of the European Council of Spatial Planners, told The Irish Times that “green land shouldn’t be used for building houses everywhere” and the Government should be doing more to protect these areas.

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Urban Planning Expert to head Australian Major Cities Unit

Ms Dorte Ekelund – a person with more than 25 years of urban planning experience – will head up the new Major Cities Unit within the Office of Infrastructure Australia.

As head of the Major Cities Unit, Ms Ekelund will advise government on urban design and development at a time when there is more pressure than ever before on our cities from challenges such as climate change, ageing infrastructure and population growth.


Foster + Partners selected as architects for New Central Library in The New York Public Library’s historic Fifth Avenue building

The new central library will serve users of all ages and will feature expansive new reading rooms with open shelf circulating collections overlooking Bryant Park. After nearly 40 years in which it has served exclusively as a research library, the historic building will feature extensive circulating collections, including those moved from the nearby Mid-Manhattan Branch.

SOURCE: Foster + Partners.

Dow Hyperlast launches VERDISEAL™ – the Assured Green Roof Waterproofing System

Problems with roof garden water leakage, root damage and installation can be overcome with the introduction of Dow Hyperlast’s VERDISEAL™.

VERDISEAL is a verdant roof membrane waterproofing system that balances economic high performance with flexibility in installation and use. VERDISEAL can be easily applied to any shape of roof or balcony, providing a long-lasting, reliable seal, resilient against leaks and root penetration.

Read more @ Dow Hyperlast – VERDISEAL.

Architecture Billings Index Falls More than Six Points – AIA

Washington, D.C., October 22, 2008 — Following three consecutive months of signs of greater stability in design activity, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) fell precipitously, dropping more than six points. As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI shows an approximate nine to twelve month lag time between architecture billings and construction spending. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the September ABI rating was 41.4, down sharply from the 47.6 mark in August (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The inquiries for new projects score was 51.0. This is also the first time in 2008 that the institutional sector has fallen below the 50 mark.

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Building urban India – Columnist –

India’s cities face many challenges, and one looms larger than the rest: How much will it cost to build our urban infrastructure?

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Compost In The Mix For Storm Water Management :: BioCycle, Advancing Composting, Organics Recycling & Renewable Energy

Projects in Georgia highlight the use of compost in the engineered soil matrix for bioretention cells, which sustainably manage storm water runoff.

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