Jordan initiates environmental forum to tackle urban challenges_English_Xinhua

Jordan will host the Eco-Cities of the Mediterranean Forum 2008 scheduled to open on Oct. 18 with aims to tackle urban environmental issues and promote environment-friendly practices across the Mediterranean region, local daily The Jordan Times reported Wednesday.

SOURCE: XinhuaJordan initiates environmental forum to tackle urban challenges_

Reimagining Cities after Oil – UPenn – 7-8 November

This ground-breaking symposium has been organized to address the role of urban design in the face of one of the most profound and important challenges facing global society: the need to re-imagine and rethink how cities are designed and organized in a future without the plentiful and abundant oil upon which prosperous urban economies have been built.

More information at UPenn Symposium Website

West 8 participates in the 11th International Architecture Exhibition, Venice Italy

As part of the 11th International Architecture Exhibition “Out There: Architecture Beyond Building”, West 8 will participate in “Uneternal City. Thirty years after Roma interrotta”. This is a specific section in the Artiglierie dell’Arsenale dedicated to the city of Rome.

Together with eleven other Italian and international design studios West 8 was asked to re-imagine the City of Rome.

SOURCE: West 8 Urban Design & Landscape Architecture / news / West 8 participates in the 11th International Architecture Exhibition, Venice Italy.

Gulf Landscaping – Abu Dhabi

Gulf Landscaping is an exhibition for the booming Middle East outdoor design and landscaping architecture industries. The exhibition will serve as a sourcing platform and networking event for the regions landscape architects, developers, contractors and other key buyers to enable them to select products, services and solutions for the huge number of major developments in the commercial, retail, leisure and residential sectors, as well as city parks and highways.

Location Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, United Arab Emirates

Event Website www.gulflandscaping.com

Climate Change top of the Agenda @ G8

Numerous news sources have reported on the G8 summit with Climate Change seen as the one of the top issues that needs to be addressed. The other critical issues are being referred to as the 3F Crisis – Food, Fuel, Finance. With many countries heading into slow down and some a recession with high inflation and the skyrocketing price of oil.

Reuters reports that The G8 has gone green with this summit with Carbon Offsetting of all attendees and reporters of flights, hotel accomodation. Also the car fleet being a mix of plug ins, hybrids and hydrogen vehicles including the Honda FCX Clarity recently announced to be leased to Californians. Read more at Reuters

SOURCE: Xinhua, Reuters, Guardian

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