A huge project aiming to realize ‘the vision of I.zmir’ with high-rises, congress halls and fair grounds is introduced by Mayor Kocaog(lu. The project, which has its supporters and detractors, is to transform I.zmir into a city of tourism and culture
Re-imagining an Aegean city – Turkish Daily News Dec 13, 2007.
The planners of the Shanghai-Hangzhou magnetic levitation (maglev) rail project will design the proposed route to avoid residential buildings and lessen the impact of radiation upon people, according to a municipal government official.
“The maglev project has basically two environmental effects: noise and magnetic radiation,” said Zhang Quan, deputy director of the Shanghai Environmental Bureau.
A maglev train generates high levels of noise at speeds exceeding 200 kilometers per hour. “A possible solution for the noise problem may be slowing the train in downtown areas and speeding it up when it leaves urban districts,” said Zhang.
Approved by the central government in March 2006, the 175-km Shanghai-Hangzhou maglev rail project is estimated to cost 35 billion yuan (4.5 billion U.S. dollars). Trains will be able to reach a speed of 450 km per hour.
Shanghai maglev rail route may detour to avoid residences_English_Xinhua.
Rutland residents weighing in on the future of the Center Street Alley expressed interest in commercial use, grass and trees and, above all, flexibility at the city’s most hidden park.
Long underutilized and frequently victimized by vandals, the park recently attracted the attention of a local creative economy group trying to revitalize the park by redesigning and rebuilding it.
What the brick-faced and multi-tiered venue might look like in the future won’t be known until landscape architects complete conceptual designs in January.
Casting Rutland alley as a park: Rutland Herald Online.
Industry secretary John Hutton announced in Berlin that Britain wanted to expand offshore wind power to provide about a fifth of the country’s electricity by 2020. This would mark a big increase from the current level of less than 1%.
Five years ago the then energy minister, Brian Wilson, announced that vast areas of shallow sea around Britain would be earmarked for an expansion of wind power that theoretically could power Britain three times over
Government’s offshore wind power target branded ‘pie in the sky’ | Environment | The Guardian.