“Abu Dhabi continues unabated with urban and outdoor landscaping projects – Zawya

ZAWYA.com reports

Abu Dhabi continues to invest in the development of outdoor landscaping in the capital, despite the less than favourable economic conditions the world is currently facing. The ‘Plan Abu Dhabi 2030′ which was introduced last year ensures that landscaping development in the emirates continues, and plans for a national park with both green and sand belts. The Government has introduced the ‘Green Gradient’ concept, ensuring green development throughout the emirate in increasing levels.

SOURCE: ZAWYA.com – Abu Dhabi continues unabated with urban and outdoor landscaping projects

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Sustainable roadsides emerge – Ourtribune.com

Ourtribune.com reports

“For the past five years, TxDOT (Texas) has been busy landscaping more than 29,000 acres of land along roadsides in the six counties that make up the Houston District.

Part of the Green Ribbon project, initiated in 1999, is a master plan for the district architectural projects. Each area has a signature design.”

[SOURCE: Ourtribune.com - Sustainable roadsides emerge - Monday, February 23, 2009]

Yale’s aspiring architects face a job shortage – Yale Daily News

Yale Daily News reports

“Architecture is one of the numerous industries deeply affected by the global financial crisis, forcing students to pursue alternate job options. Accepting a temporary post in a different country or choosing a related profession may be the best options for recent graduates, three professors interviewed said.”

[SOURCE: Yale Daily News - Yale’s aspiring architects face a job shortage]

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Floodway to feature recreation, forests, hills – Winnipeg Free Press

Winnipeg Free Press reports

“It may be only 700 metres wide but the redevelopment of the Red River Floodway will be bigger than 16 Assiniboine Parks by the time it’s finished in a decade or two.

Jeff Frank, the landscape architect of the proposed development, said 250 metres on either side of the 48-kilometre portion of the channel between St. Norbert and Lockport will be revitalized, with a combination of nature and recreation-friendly amenities. It will cover about 6,500 acres, dwarfing the 400 acres belonging to Assiniboine park, he said.”

[SOURCE: Winnipeg Free Press - Floodway to feature recreation, forests, hills]

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Fire-safe designs for the future – theage.com.au

  Geoff Maslen of The Age reports

“Ian Weir is baffled. Why is it that local authorities in Australia are so blase about having residents in fire-prone landscapes?

Dr Weir earned his PhD at the University of Western Australia after seven years of research that has resulted in a “bushfire responsive house” ….A practising architect who now lectures in landscape architecture at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Dr Weir is horrified at the destruction and loss of life in the Victorian fires…….”

[SOURCE: theage.com.au - Fire-safe designs for the future]

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