Neighborhood Greenness Has Long Term Positive Impact on Kids’ Health

In the first study to look at the effect of neighborhood greenness on inner city children’s weight over time, researchers from the Indiana University School of Medicine, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and the University of Washington report that higher neighborhood greenness is associated with slower increases in children’s body mass over a two year period, regardless of residential density.

SOURCE: Indiana University – Neighborhood greenness has long term positive impact on kids’ health.

Observations about the urban Indian

An interesting look at Urban Indian culture from Aakar Patel

SOURCE: The News – Observations about the urban Indian.

Green roof for library – WalesOnline

DEVELOPERS have planted a grass roof on Cardiff’s new central library.

The sedum turf will help insulate the 55,000sq ft six-storey building in the winter and keep it cool in the summer.

read more @ WalesOnline – Greenroof for library

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

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.

read more @ the SOURCE: The Irish Times – Top European planner ‘astonished’ by rural housing sprawl

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.

Read more @ australia.gov.au – URBAN PLANNING EXPERT TO HEAD MAJOR CITIES UNIT

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.

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