Road signs will mark out Iron Curtain in Germany

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.

Urban forest grows in Soweto

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.

Climate Change Conferences in Bristol and Leeds

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.

field operations win Shelby Farms Competition

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 RecordField Ops Wins Massive Memphis Park Competition 

08 arts go local – Liverpool

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.

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