Shanghai and Baoding have become the first cities to take part in a new WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature) initiative to research less carbon-intensive paths to urban development in China, the international environmental organization said.
The Low Carbon City Initiative will initially focus on energy efficiency in buildings, renewable sources of energy and the manufacturing of energy-efficient products.
“Cities are an important part of China’s economic development, but many face problems such as low energy efficiency and degraded environmental quality,” Li Lin, head of conservation strategies at WWF-China, said.
Read more @ Chinadaily.com – Cities join WWF to cut carbon use by Sun Xiaohua (China Daily)
FUNDING is in place to see a new Crystal Palace built as part of plans to overhaul a historic park.
A leading Scottish Bank, believed to be Clydesdale Bank, has given its support to the scheme in Crystal Palace Park.
It is backing plans for a smaller replica of the famous Crystal Palace as part of £265m worth of private investment in the palace, with additional funding from the park being generated by the development.
Read more at NS – 265m Funding To Build New Palace by Thom Kennedy
A hundred years from now, Atlanta may look drastically different from the city it is today, as planners work to eliminate its 21st century problems of drought and urban sprawl with water collection centers, smaller highways and residents living in new urban areas.
Those aspects were revealed Tuesday as part of an architects’ competition called “City of the Future: A Design and Engineering Challenge,” a series filmed for The History Channel. Last year, futuristic designs of New York, Chicago and Los Angeles were examined. This year the show is focusing on Atlanta, Washington and San Francisco.
“The city at this point actually has to sustain itself,” said Bishop. “We have to create systems within the community itself to allow it to adapt.”
Read more @ Ledger-Enquirer.com – Drought, sprawl, focus of architects’ concepts for Atlanta by Daniel Yee of Associated Press
Prague, (CTK) – Uncontrolled housing development around big cities in the Czech Republic since the 1990s has resulted in an “urban sprawl” devastating the landscape that has brought about more problems than benefits, the political weekly Respekt writes in its latest issue.
Czech cities are now surrounded by an ugly mixture of small family houses, large shopping centres and warehouses, built without any considerate zoning plan and regardless of logic.
Since the collapse of the communist regime in 1989, thousands and thousands of Czechs have fulfilled their dream about an own cosy house outside the urban tumult in the wild that is yet close to the “civilisation,” Respekt says.
Read more about the developing Czech Republic @ Respekt: Landscape suffers from uncontrolled urban sprawl – CTK
We need more green, not glitz in the city. We need the soothing green, the trees and shade, the parks where we can amble for a bit of respite from the concrete jungle.
Lack of natural landscape for public recreation is a major weakness in our striving international metropolis. Trees take time and they don’t yield a profit, like high rises on valuable real estate. All the same, greenery is good city planning.
Dazzling neon lights, skyscrapers, hustle and bustle are all captivating, but without greenery one gets exhausted in the concrete jungle and longs for fresh air, space and peace.
Shanghai’s public green space per capita is now 12 square meters, nearly double the figure 20 years ago, according to 2007 statistics by the Shanghai Forestry Bureau.
Read more of the 3 page Special @ Shanghai Daily – More green, less glitz will improve city life