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
“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 Times – Green policies can save credit crisis and the planet
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
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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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.
read more @ the SOURCE: AIA.org – Architecture Billings Index Falls More than Six Points.