Meeting the demand for sustainable materials – icWales

The soaring number of eco-communities and eco-homes have resulted in a growing demand for sustainable materials.

One company that has benefited enormously from the boom is T Mawr, a traditional and ecological building company based in Brecon, which began growing rapidly in 2005 and has doubled in size every year since. Its workforce of four in 2000 has increased to 22 this year.

After concerns about the amount of sand extracted and dredged in the UK – 70 million tonnes and 12 million tonnes a year respectively – it pioneered the development of glaster and limecrete, natural alternatives to plaster and concrete, made from glass and lime respectively.

In November, the company launched Welsh sheep’s wool as a means of insulation and now sells 10 million tons of it every month.

Read more @ the SOURCE: icWales Meeting the demand for sustainable materials– Author Steffan Rhys

Architecture Enthusiasts Crowd Gehry Buiding for MAS Awards – The New York Observer

Livable-city activists celebrated the latest, coolest additions to the city’s urban landscape on Thursday inside the stark white interior of Frank Gehry’s first building in New York City, the IAC headquarters on 11th Avenue.

The occasion was the Municipal Art Society’s 2008 MASterwork Awards, which, according to the program, “honor the year’s top projects for their excellence in architecture and urban design, and their contribution to New York’s built environment.”

Read more @ the Source The New York Observer Architecture Enthusiasts Crowd Gehry Buiding for MAS Awards – Author: Dana Rubinstein 

Campuses maintain arboretums for the benefit of all

Walk around the peaceful, grassy campuses of local colleges and universities and you’ll see an interesting mix of modern construction and some of the oldest living relics in the region.

In between the brick and mortar structures, you’ll find stately trees — some of which date back almost two centuries — gracing these parklike settings.

At Waynesburg University, where the white oak (Quercus alba) is the school’s official tree, a long row of oaks lines one side of the walk between Miller Hall and a fountain that fronts the campus.

“Ten years ago, one of our students completed an inventory of trees, which our botany class uses to evaluate the health of the trees,” said Dr. Janet Paladino, assistant professor of biology. “When one dies or is taken out, we plant a new one to take its place.”

Read more about Universities in the USA maintaining their aroboretems @ the SOURCE:
Pittsburgh Post Gazette –
Campuses maintain arboretums for the benefit of all – Author – Dave Zuchowski

City’s Signature Roof – Vancouver Sun

At the moment, the grandest and most ethically ambitious architecture in the city — the green, living roof of the new convention centre — resembles a hair plug job. There’s a lot of bald up there.

It’s sparse, but growth proceeds. They started planting it two weeks ago, and crews are working their way across the six-acre roof sewing and digging in more than 750,000 plants. A green blush appeared on the canvas of the roof’s dark-brown growing medium of pumice and organic matter.

Read more @ the SOURCE: Vancouver Sun – City’s Signature Roof

Bette Midler’s New York Restoration Project

Bette Midler’s New York Restoration Project (NYRP), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to developing and revitalizing parks, community gardens and public spaces in New York City, on May 16 announces the debut of The Toyota Children’s Learning Garden in Manhattan’s Lower East Side neighborhood.

Read more @ SOURCE: The FINANCIAL – Bette Midler’s New York Restoration Project And Preeminent Landscape Architect Michael Van Valkenbur.

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