Green lobby irked by mindless beautifying-The Times of India

The Times of India reports

“City environmentalists and architects are frustrated with KMC’s mindless beautification drives at the city’s parks and tanks, which often endup destroying nature, rather than preserving it.

Conservation architect Manish Chakraborti blamed KMC’s poor planning and the reliance on contractors for the exclusion of tanks from the city. “The KMC does not involve city planners, designers or landscape architects when they want to beautify a place. Instead, they leave it to the wisdom of small-time contractors, who have no aesthetic sense,” he said.”

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European Landscape Convention

Landscape Institute(UK) reports

“The Government ratified the ELC in November 2006, it came into force on the 1 March 2007 and Defra, Natural England and English Heritage produced a Framework for Implementation in England in October 2007.

If you would like to register interest in participating in a workshop please use the following email: elcworkshop@landuse.co.uk. Workshops are scheduled for 13th and 28th January.”

read the full announcement @ the SOURCE: Landscape Insitute – European Landscape Convention.

St. Louis arch: Preservation vs. revitalization – SFGate.com

SFGate.com reports

“For decades, the vaulting curve of stainless steel known as the Gateway Arch has risen above the Mississippi River.

The 91-acre park around the arch, however, is another matter.

……..opponents note that the grounds, designed by the landscape architect Dan Kiley, belong not just to the people of St. Louis but to all Americans.”

read the full article @ the [SOURCE: Sfgate.com – St. Louis arch: Preservation vs. revitalization].

Green Plot Ratio: Environmental planning of cities – The Daily Star

Faysal Kabir Shuvo from the Daily Star writes

“Weeks ago I went through the article ‘Blazing Dhaka: An urban heat island’ written by one of my departmental fellows in The Daily Star. It should undoubtedly be a great concern for the urban experts. The UHI is the worse outcome of urban metabolism process (exchange and transformation of material and energy flow) and is very much explicit in most of the densely built urban environments.”

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How city living fights the waistband sprawl

Sydney Morning Herald reports

“THE closer you live to the city, the better chance you have of being trim, a study of Sydney suburbs has found.

University of NSW researchers, in conjunction with the NSW Department of Health, examined residents in 40 local government areas across Sydney.

They found those living in the outer suburbs were 30 to 50 per cent more at risk of being overweight and 40 to 60 per cent less likely to be physically active than their inner-city counterparts.”

read the full article at the SOURCE:  smh.com.au – Health – LifeAndStyle

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