Mayor (London) announces £4million plans to kick-start eco-innovation fund

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, today announced proposals for a multi-million pound ‘London Green Fund’ to boost London’s low carbon economy, create jobs and tackle climate change.

The fund may also be targeted at decentralised energy and new waste technology initiatives – areas that have experienced difficulties in fulfilling their potential and would benefit from the fund’s pump priming function. The fund aims to leverage millions of pounds of private investment to enable the development of carbon-cutting infrastructure at the scale required to meet the Mayor’s 60 per cent carbon reduction target by 2025.

The green fund plans are contained in ‘Leading to a Greener London’, published by the Mayor detailing his environment and climate change priorities for London. The Mayor wants improve Londoners’ quality of life through an ambitious series of environmental improvements, tackling climate change, reducing pollution/improving air quality, consuming fewer resources and using resources more effectively which also exploit the new opportunities coming from developing a low carbon economy.

one of the pledges include:

Making London greener, cleaner and more civilised – 1500 of 10,000 new street trees already planted; 11 parks being revamped with £6million fund; Capital Growth delivering 2012 new food growing plots by 2012; expanding the East London across London; boosting green roofs and green walls; planning protection for existing green spaces; working with the boroughs to tackle litter, chewing gum and graffiti; boosting volunteering

SOURCE: Mayor of London

Fury as Irish deputy PM tells architects to reduce their fees – Architects Journal

Architects Journal reports

Architects have reacted angrily to Irish deputy prime minister Mary Coughlan’s claim that they are a sector that has yet to feel ‘the chill winds of economic reality’, and that they should be slashing fees to make the Republic more competitive.

read the full article at the SOURCE:Architects Journal – Fury as Irish deputy PM tells architects to reduce their fees

Leading UK architects to open Doha office

Trade Arabia reports

Leading international architectural practice Allies and Morrison intends to open its first Middle East office in Doha, in early autumn.

In the UK, Allies and Morrison is playing a pivotal role in preparing masterplan proposals for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Its vast experience spans significant projects such as the challenging restoration of the Royal Festival Hall on London’s South Bank, nominated for the RIBA Stirling Prize in 2008, and the new Astronomy Education Centre at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich and major urban regeneration projects such as King’s Cross Central and Bankside 123.

Allies and Morrison has also been working on the Heart of Doha masterplan together with EDAW and Arup.

SOURCE: Trade Arabia

RMJM’s European landscape architecture division rebrands as STRATA

International architecture firm RMJM has announced that its UK-based landscape architectural division, Land, is to adopt the name STRATA.

RMJM’s landscape architects already operate under the name STRATA in the Middle East and Asia. This step will create a single global design brand for the firm’s landscape business.

Land, as it has been known since 2005, is part of the team which was recently appointed to design the Athletes’ Village for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Other major projects include a mixed use development and public realm masterplan for Maryhill Locks in Glasgow (for client Elder and Cannon Architects and Collective Architecture) and providing landscape architecture services for RMJM’s Okhta Centre project in St Petersburg, Russia.

Viraj Chatterjee, STRATA’s Hong Kong-based Design Director, said; “Our client-base is increasingly international and it’s important that we reflect that in the way we work. Bringing the teams together under one international design brand will help us to share expertise and collaborate more effectively, bringing in talent and experience from around the world in order to meet our clients’ needs.”

SOURCE: RMJM

Damage control – Haaretz

Haaretz reports

The planners behind the recently opened section of Road 6 did their best to reduce the highway’s impact on the environment but admit that ‘irreversible damage’ was done

The planning concept included a comprehensive approach to landscape, out of a desire to minimize damage to plant and animal life. To reduce the amount of digging and filling in, 14 bridges with a combined length of 2.5 kilometers were erected, and three tunnels for the passage of animals were dug.

read the full article at the SOURCE: Damage control – Haaretz – Israel News

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