Today is the first day of the ban on retailers supplying plastic bags to customers. Numerous
retailers have started charging customers between 0.3 to 0.5 yuan per bag and supplying the alternative of heshian or material bags for shopping.
The law has come into effect to try and reduce the the direct pollution of the environment and the indirect pollution through the production of plastic bags. The production of plastic bags uses thousands of litres of oil per day in China.
A living roof, drains which lead to sunken wetland, water heated with solar panels – it sounds like something from a green home in the future but these are all standard features of a new housing development in Northampton.
The properties, which all lie just off the A45 by Sixfields, boast a ‘sustainable urban drainage system’ which offers an alternative to traditional drains.
Instead of using sewers for rainwater, the development has specially designed reed-bed ditches which create habitats for wildlife, as well as reducing the risk of flooding in heavy rains.
Read more @ the SOURCE: Northampton Chronicle and Echo – Living roofs, solar panels – all standard in new homes
The transformation of Tysons Corner from a car-dominated tangle of offices, malls and auto dealers into a livable city will start moving ahead in the coming weeks.
Fairfax County leaders and landowners are unveiling sweeping proposals to build densely packed high-rises, miles of new streets, and enough parks, schools, police stations and firehouses to serve an entirely new place.
The results could determine the future not only of Virginia’s mightiest jobs hub, but also what happens across the country. Urban-renewal leaders are looking to Tysons as a model.
read more @ the SOURCE: washingtonpost.com – Plan to Remake Tysons Corner Envisions Dense Urban Center
This year’s Student Landscape Institute Council summer trip will be to Amsterdam and IFLA 2008.
The trip will run from Saturday 28 June to Saturday 5th July.
“The theme for IFLA this year is Transforming with Water, and as well as the IFLA events themselves we will be visiting central Amsterdam, Westergasfabriek Park and Borneo Sporenburg in Amsterdam’s Eastern Docklands,” says Ian Lanchbury, SLIC chair.
“People who cant make all the days but want to attend just part of it are more than welcome.”
If you wish to take part, contact Ian Lanchbury by Friday 13 June. After this date, SLIC will be reserving accommodation, and making travel and meeting arrangements will be made.
“SLIC won’t be making advanced payments for trip attendees, so if you wish to attend, we will provide all the details of where and when to book, to allow you to easily do so yourself – A 3-Day student ticket to IFLA 2008 costs 150 euros. Someone from SLIC will be at the Hostel to meet you on arrival.”
If you are interested in attending or have any questions, please e-mail email@example.com
SOURCE: Landscape Institute – UK
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved an $11.3 million grant to improve urban infrastructure in Nuku’alofa, the capital of Tonga, as urbanization and population growth fuel demand for better infrastructure.
The Integrated Urban Development Sector Project will facilitate fully integrated and coordinated urban planning in Tonga, particularly for Nuku’alofa, which accounts for 34% of the national population and is home to 75% of those living in urban areas.
SOURCE: Solomon Islands News – ADB Provides $11.3M Grant to Help Tonga Improve Urban Infrastructure
Sustainable Housing Awards – deadline for entries 27 June 2008
The Sustainable Housing Awards would like to hear from entrants for all the award categories, but particularly for the Biodiversity / Landscaping Award.
This new awards scheme will celebrate those projects and organisations at the vanguard of housing sustainability best practice.
These awards are free to enter and are open to projects that have been completed between the start of 2005 and 1st June 2008.
The awards will be staged at the Hilton Hotel, Park Lane, London on 11 November 2008.
For more information and an entry form click here
Sustainable Housing Awards – deadline for entries 27 June 2008 – SOURCE: LandscapeInstitute.org
The University of Toronto today announced an historic $14-million gift by John and Myrna Daniels to the Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, the largest ever private gift to any architecture school in Canada.
The gift will fund a major physical expansion and renovation of the faculty and will also endow a scholarship fund for outstanding architecture, landscape and design students. In recognition of the powerful impact this gift will have on the university, U of T will name the Faculty the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape & Design. John Daniels received his bachelor of architecture degree from U of T in 1950 and went on to become one of Canada’s most important developers of residential communities.
“The Faculty of Architecture, Landscape & Design has a fabulous tradition of contributing to the creation of beautiful and functional buildings and sustainable cities,” said President David Naylor. “The Daniels’ remarkable benefaction will play a pivotal role in the education of the next generation of architecture leaders in Canada.”
Read more @ the SOURCE: University of Toronto – $14-million gift launches transformation of architecture education at U of T