In Newark, Children Reclaim a Playground’s Meaning – NYT

To cover the littered lake of cracked asphalt, the students suggested gardens. For the darkest corners of the schoolyard, they asked for new playgrounds, safe and bathed in light.
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To help relieve the dark memories of the site at the Mount Vernon School where four young people were shot, three of them fatally, in August, the schoolyard here will be remade.

At a community meeting at the school on Tuesday night, students who participated in redesigning the schoolyard, in collaboration with landscape architects and the Trust for Public Land, unveiled the plans.

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3XN Transforms a Brown Site into a Green One

A brownfield in Norway will be going green, literally, thanks to a new master plan that calls for a rolling green roof to shelter a cultural center. The Danish architecture firm 3XN beat out Henning Larsen Architects, Niels Torp, L2 Arkitekter, and IN’BY LPO Arlitektur and Design in an invited competition to redevelop a former industrial waterfront known as Nedre Malmø, in the town of Mandal.

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Zimbabwe: Clear Policy on Urban Agriculture Vital

Harare City Council must have a clear-cut policy on urban agriculture that takes into consideration the need to conserve the environment and the contribution of urban farming towards household food security.

Haphazard urban farming has negatively impacted on the environment and, in some instances, affected protected conservancies, forests and wetlands.

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$39million for new international terminal in Wellington, NZ

Wellington Airport’s new $39 million international passenger terminal has been designed to look like rocks, echoing its location on Wellington’s south coast.

The building, designed by Wellington architects Studio Pacific Architecture, and Christchurch’s Warren and Mahoney, is the second stage of refurbishments and due to be finished by 2009.

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Group Five sees urban risks

Pretoria – Group Five believes housing and property developments on the edge of urban areas could be at risk because of a lack of power, but the listed construction and engineering group thinks Eskom’s capacity problems have been exaggerated.

Group Five chief executive Mike Upton said yesterday that Eskom’s capacity would increase as the utility brought back units from maintenance and rolled out its full repower programme, such as the refiring of the Grootvlei and Camden power stations.

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