THE man advising New York on how to revamp its public spaces has slammed the NSW Government’s plan for the former Hungry Mile site, warning it will become “fearsome at night” and a “wasteland” on weekends and public holidays.
The Government wants to transform the historic wharves at East Darling Harbour in what it describes as the biggest urban renewal project in a generation.
Half of the 22-hectare site would become a waterside wedge of parkland and public open space. The other half would consist of residential and commercial buildings.
But the Danish urban planner Jan Gehl, who is visiting Sydney, said a lack of nearby residents, a parkland too large for its own good and a location too difficult to reach, would make the area, known as Barangaroo, dangerous and deserted.
Read more @ the Source: smh.com.au – Hungry Mile wasteland warning
Road signs will remind drivers in Germany they are driving over a piece of history when they cross what was once the armed border between the capitalist West and Communist East starting this fall.
Posted at every intersection along the former border between west and east Germany, the signs will show the path of the Iron Curtain through Europe and the date each crossing was opened to travelers, the ministry of transport in the German state of Saxony-Anhalt announced on Thursday. A design from the Munich firm Büro für Gestaltung Wangler & Abele beat out 20 other entries in a public competition.
Germany will start putting up signs after German Unification Day on Oct. 3 and aims to finish the project before the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall on Nov. 9, 2009. Each sign will cost €5,000, German newswire DPA reported. Wangler & Abele also won €5,000 in the competition.
Read more @ the Source: The Local – Road signs will mark out Iron Curtain in Germany.
The target is to plant 200 000 trees in dry and dusty Soweto by the end of the year. Already well on the way, City Parks has a number of tree-planting projects on the go.
WITH thousands more trees being planted in the dusty, denuded areas of Soweto, this area may reach its urban forest status sooner than expected.
The next big tree planting event planned by Johannesburg City Parks is on 22 April, when the world celebrates International Earth Day. Some 15 000 trees will be planted by the utility in Bram Fischerville and Meadowlands as part of the City’s drive to green Soweto and other marginalised areas.
City Parks has a target of planting 200 000 trees by the end of this year, says Jenny Moodley, its marketing and communications manager. With the Earth Day project and the 24-hour extreme park make-over planned in May for Diepkloof, the tally of trees planted since 2006 will grow to over 78 000.
Source: city of johannesburg – Urban forest grows in Soweto.
New speakers have been announced for the Landscape Institute climate change conference in Bristol on 25 April.
Polly Turton of CABE will examine the ways in which physical and mental health can benefit from good quality landscape in her seminar and Rebecca Knight from Land Use Consultants will present case studies investigating the impact of renewable energy infrastructure on landscapes in the south west.
The second conference will take place in Leeds on 23 May. Both conferences feature keynotes by Rosie Manise of Natural England and Peter Wilder as well as seminars by Professor Robert Tregay, Francis Hesketh and Adam White. The local case study in Leeds will explore Sheffield Manor Fields District Park.
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Climate Change Conferences in Bristol and Leeds.
Landscape architect James Corner unveiled plans yesterday for creating America’s largest urban park in Memphis: a 4,500-acre site, five-times the size of Manhattan’s Central Park. Corner’s firm, Field Operations, beat out Hargreaves Associates and Tom Leader Studio, the other finalists in a six-month competition to master plan Shelby Farms, a patchwork of open space that had been a state-run prison farm during the mid-20th century and has since remained un-programmed.
Read more @ the Source: Architectural Record – Field Ops Wins Massive Memphis Park Competition
THREE spectacular pavilions are being launched in Liverpool neighbourhoods to mark the city’s Capital of Culture year.
A new garden, arts hub and “artistic republic” are being created by residents in Kirkdale, Kensington and Garston.
The specially commissioned pavilions will be opened to the public over the course of a month from the end of April.
Source: 08 arts go local – Liverpool Echo.co.uk.
New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg and EPA Regional Administrator Alan J. Steinberg announced the opening of the third New York City Green Building Competition. This national competition seeks projects and ideas that promote the New York City as the pre-eminent cultural and sustainable urban epicenter. Design projects are encouraged that integrate whole-building principles, employ the tenets of green building construction and end-of-life considerations, anticipate post-occupancy concerns, and complement the community in which they reside.
“Green building is now in the mainstream here with visionary and innovative construction projects gaining a full head of steam all over the city,” Regional Administrator Steinberg said. “This competition helps create more visible examples of building green in the mosaic of everyday city life.”
“Promoting energy efficiency and environmentally friendly design in both old and new buildings is critical to our future, and the core of PlaNYC, our long-term plan for a sustainable New York” said Michael R. Bloomberg, Mayor of the City of New York “I am happy to announce once again that New York City will be holding a green building contest to highlight those who to create a greener future for New York through smart and innovative design.”
To find out how to enter the New York City Green Building Competition visit: http://www.nyc.gov/html/planyc2030/html/news/competition.shtml. Project submissions are due by Friday, May 30, 2008.
Source: US EPA – NYC and EPA Launch Third New York City Green Building Competition