In the News 3 September

Green green grass of Arbat [The Moscow News]
A new 2,700m2 (29,000 sq ft) green roof was recently completed at Novy Arbat building in Moscow at a cost of 20 million rubels ($USD625,000).

Horspath wind turbine ‘will harm landscape’ [Oxford Times]
CAMPAIGNERS fighting to protect the Oxfordshire countryside have claimed plans for a 130m tall wind turbine on the edge of the city would damage the landscape and dwarf nearby homes.

Kanner Architects’ Transformation of Venice Boulevard [Curbed LA]
Kanner Architects-designed new apartment complex on Venice and Superior is nearly finished…..but the architecture firm and landscape architect Dan Weeden deserve a lot of praise for helping transform this stretch of Venice Boulevard.

Finance ministry ‘green roof’ saves 5,630 euros in costs [ANA-MPG.gr]
The “green roof” created on the roof the economy and finance ministry building in Syntagma Square,  has resulted in savings of 5,630 euros a year, the ministry announced on Tuesday. The savings arise from a reduction in power used for cooling, amounting to 3,600 euros a year, and a reduction in fuel used for heating by 2,030 euros a year.

The green roof was created in July 2008 and covers about 650 square metres, or roughly half the surface at the top of the building.

Proposed fertilizer ordinance lauded [TBNWeekly.com]
Pinellas county Florida is proposing an ordinance to reduce fertiliser use by homeowners and landscape companies. Recently high levels of nitrogen where found in the local waterways. The county is not going to enforce the ordinance but are counting on an education program of homeowners and landscape companies

Design competitions to be held by the City

The City of Swainsboro, GA in conjunction with County officials,  is interested in creating a more user-friendly environment on the Square by integrating new shade structures that compliment the overall aesthetic and design of the space. New shade structures were first recommended by the Quality Growth Resource Team that visited Swainsboro earlier this year. The City of Swainsboro is only seeking designs, entrants are not expected or intended to build and implement their design into the Downtown Square. A total of $500 may be awarded to the winning design. For more information on this competition, entrants can visit the City of Swainsboro’s website at www.cityofswainsboro.org