A new report by the UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC) revealed that it is possible to reduce carbon emissions from energy use down to zero in the majority of new non-domestic buildings, but that companies will have to pay above their baseline costs to do so.
Retail buildings can be zero-carbon by 2020 – but only at a cost.
Nicolai Ouroussoff of the New York Times looks at how New York and in particular Manhattan has turned a corner as it has unveiled many new architecture landmarks in the last year including the IAC Building, Renzo Piano’s Tower and how in the coming years more architectural marvels will grace the skies of one of world’s most renowned skylines.
Manhattan’s Year of Building Furiously – New York Times.
Ahmad Rafay Alam looks at the how Pakistan can create better cities as the urban areas increase to 50% in the next ten years. The writer looks at a wide range of issues such as water, public transport and urban planning & building regulations.
New Year’s resolutions for better cities – The International News
Relax, Toronto, all is not lost; the wheels of change grind no slower here than in any other city.
So says Dutch landscape architect Adriaan Geuze, whose firm, West 8, is now redesigning the central waterfront in partnership with Toronto’s DTAH.
“Bureaucratic resistance is normal,” he says, smiling reassuringly. “It’s the same everywhere.”
Geuze should know; he’s worked in cities across Europe and North America. Still, he admits he has his work cut out for him in Toronto.
TheStar.com | News | Waterfront plan: A magnet and, hopefully, model.