What does one of the largest independently owned oil and gas companies do to turn over a more sustainable leaf? Well, in this case, EnCana hired green-tech architecture firm du jour Foster + Partners to design their new, environmentally sustainable headquarters in Calgary, Canada. Dubbed The Bow, the new tower’s namesake comes from its overall shape, as well as the breathtaking views it offers inhabitants of the Bow River. As expected from a Foster + Partners design, the form of this sustainable skyscraper follows some very green function.
SOURCE: Inhabitat » Calgary’s new green skyscraper by Foster + Partners.
Forget budget furniture or do-it-yourself interior design – New Yorkers are switching to homegrown dining in an effort to cut costs as the economy flounders.
The number of green-thumbed residents using the city’s vegetable gardens has increased by the bushel in recent months because of soaring prices in the food aisles.
“We have had a huge increase in our participation this year,” said Jennifer Plewka, who manages Drew Gardens in the Bronx, where membership doubled from 25 to 50 in the last year.
Read more @ the SOURCE: NYDailynews.com – City veggie gardens flourish.
Reginans who want their yards landscaped can thank the current boom in the housing industry for longer-than-normal wait times.
Landscaping architects and contractors alike are struggling to keep up with a higher-than-normal demand for their services.
“Like all the other aspects of the construction industry, the landscape side is certainly booming,” agreed Cam Patterson, senior landscape architect for Stantec Consulting Ltd. and past-president of the Saskatchewan Association of Landscape Architects.
The increase in demand for landscaping services is translating into longer wait times for customers. “Projects are definitely taking longer to get built,” Patterson said. “Our biggest problem is finding people to do the work from the design side. We’re looking to hire,” Patterson said.
SOURCE: LeaderPost – easier.com – Landscaping wait grows
IT HAS been a frustrating time for many businesses in India’s IT hub of Bangalore. Endless traffic jams, sporadic power, a chaotic airport and many politicians who just couldn’t give a damn.
For four years, Karnataka state, home to India’s “silicon valley”, was ruled by a chaotic coalition with a regional party. Janata Dal (S)’s support base was among farmers, and politicians were criticised for ignoring Bangalore’s IT “elites”.
The result: more decrepit public transport, four-hour commutes, packed roads and blackouts that have taken some gleam off this city as it faces increasing competition for foreign investment from rival cities such as Shanghai and Manila.
Read more @ the SOURCE – Scotsman.com News – India’s politicians pay the price for ignoring booming urban economy – .
PA to invest $2b in urban projects
Some 1,400 businessmen attend Palestinian Authority’s financial conference in Bethlehem, pledge investments, discuss future of Palestinian economy.
The Palestinian Authority held a financial investors conference last week in Bethlehem. The conference, hailed a great success was led by Tarik Abbas – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ son.
The goal: To show the world the Palestinians have rehabilitated their economy and that the West Bank should not be considered a safe bet for overseas investors.
Read more @ the SOURCE: Ynetnews.com – PA to invest $2b in urban projects – Israel Money, .