New Estidama website launched – AMEinfo.com

AMEinfo reports

“The Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC)has launched the new web site version of Estidama – sustainability in Arabic…….The state-of-the-art online portal includes a number of interactive tools that allow users home page customization according to their bespoke needs and specialized interests on sustainability issues.”

[SOURCE: AMEinfo – New Estidama online resource to foster sustainability knowledge and dialogue]

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I Dream of Denver – NYTimes.com – Op-ed piece by David Brooks

David Brooks is a Op-Ed Columnist for NYTimes.com where he wrote about where Americans would like to live in the USA:

“You may not know it to look at them, but urban planners are human and have dreams. One dream many share is that Americans will give up their love affair with suburban sprawl and will rediscover denser, more environmentally friendly, less auto-dependent ways of living.”

To read the remainder of this great piece go to the [SOURCE: NYTimes.com – Op-Ed Columnist – I Dream of Denver] 

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Capability Brown’s first garden plan to be brought to life after 250 years – Telegraph

Telegraph reports

“A garden design by Capability Brown, one of England’s greatest gardening architects, is to be brought to life after remaining hidden for 250 years.

The sketch, believed to be Brown’s first garden plan, covers around 100 acres of rolling Northumberland countryside close to where he was born in 1716.”

SOURCE:TelegraphCapability Brown’s first garden plan to be brought to life after 250 years

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How Seattle can help green roofs to really grow – Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce

Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce reports

“Green roofs have developed great momentum in Seattleā€™s building industry in recent years, thanks to a growing body of built examples and performance data.

The city now finds itself with a unique opportunity to spark widespread acceptance of green roofs through a collection of policies, programs and incentives.”

[SOURCE: Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce]

Chicago’s Olympic plan puts scenic South Side Park in peril — chicagotribune.com

chicagotribune.com reports

“Besides its disappointing (but still salvageable) plan for an Olympic Village, Chicago’s 2016 bid book raises another major design issue: Will the Games mar or upgrade Washington Park, the South Side park planned in 1871 by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, the same pair that produced New York City’s masterful Central Park?

That question has gained a new intensity because the city’s Olympic organizers don’t just want to put the temporary, 80,000-seat Olympic Stadium in Washington Park, as they first announced in 2006. Now they are proposing to put the Olympic aquatics center there as well.”

SOURCE: chicagotribune.com – Chicago’s Olympic plan puts scenic South Side Park in peril

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