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.”

read the full article @ the [SOURCE: The Daily Star]

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

Chapel Hill adding public art – news&observer

news & observer reports

“CHAPEL HILL – It’s called “Exhale,” because in a sense that’s exactly what it will do.

A sculpture designed by artist Mikyoung Kim for downtown Chapel Hill will emit a fine cloud of mist, spritzed upward and dispersed through a series of gently arced, folded stainless steel ribbons perforated with thousands of tiny holes.”

SOURCE: newsobserver.com - Chapel Hill adding public art

First look at OMA’s Commonwealth Institute scheme – Building Design

bdonline.co.uk reports

“OMA’s proposed luxury new build and refurbishment scheme for the iconic Commonwealth Institute in Kensington has been unveiled.’

read the full article @ [SOURCE: First look at OMA's Commonwealth Institute scheme - Building Design].

Chicago 2016 Olympic bid – Historical Park or Reinvigorated Landscape – Opinion

Chicago’s Olympic 2016 bud organizers have changed the location of the aquatics centre to the west side of Washington Park next to the proposed Olympic Stadium however this has not gone done too well with local historians and residents as the park is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The other cause for concern is Washington park was designed by the father of American landscape architecture Fredrick Law Olmsted (also designed of New York’s Central Park). This last point causes more concern from historians and landscape architects across the USA.

This raises a few questions about the role of landscape and landscape architects in society.

Are landscape designs meant to be kept as historical records of the past when they were built or are they meant to evolve with the uses, needs and wants of the city’s citizens?

Are the landscape designs created today envisioned for the future 100 years or the next 10–25years?

For what I have gleaned from the internet that Washington park has itself gone through numerous changes such as sheep grazing, and a conservatory which no longer exist in the park.

We often hold designs of the past in high esteem due to their perceived historical value and romantic notions of place. However, this can often impede or restrict development of landscapes and the possibilities of creating new places that could invigorate a city. Continuing to maintain parks as a historical record or picture postcard landscape often hinders landscape design and management as any change is often seen by users as desecrating the “great” design. This often occurs in landscapes around the world with the replacement or changes to park buildings or trees.

Although landscapes are integral to daily lives and wellbeing of residents changing the design of a landscape such as a park can often reinvigorate the landscape and attract new visitors from around the city and great a new sense of energy and activity in the park.

The Olympic bid should be about the Games and winning for the right reasons, as we have seen in the past Olympics can rejuvenate a city’s community and landscape.

For more information on the Olympic Bid goto Chicago 2016

Also goto the starting point for this op-ed piece
[SOURCE: Chicago Tribune – Chicago Olympic venue switcheroo: Right for the city's bid, but right for its historic parks?]


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