Green trees deliver green benefits – ABC News (Australia)

ABC News reports

“The economic benefits of greening urban areas outweigh the costs, a new US study has found.

Dr Greg McPherson of the US Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service in Davis, California will present the most comprehensive modelling to date on urban forests at the Urban Greenscapes Symposium in Canberra this week.

“This research is quantifying the role trees can play in clearing the
air, reducing stormwater runoff, sequestering carbon dioxide and saving
energy,” says McPherson, of the Center for Urban Forest Research…”

SOURCE: ABC News (Australia) – Green trees deliver green benefits

Rwanda: Kigali Master Plan Launched

allAfrica.com reports

“Kigali City Council (KCC) yesterday launched its Conceptual Master Plan which will serve as a roadmap for the expansion of the city in the next 50 years.

The Master Plan is based on research and analysis of a wide range of background conditions and technical aspects outlined in the existing conditions report.”

SOURCE: allAfrica.com: Rwanda: Kigali Master Plan Launched (Page 1 of 1)

What’s the future of ‘The Infrastructural City’ of L.A. – Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times reports

“The timing could hardly be better for “The Infrastructural City” a new collection of essays on Los Angeles edited by Kazys Varnelis, director of the Network Architecture Lab at Columbia University.”

[SOURCE: Los Angeles Times - What's the future of 'The Infrastructural City' of L.A.]

If city builds box-on-the-bay, joke gets worse – MiamiHerald.com

MiamiHerald.com reports

“Grove Harbor Marina wants to build a 21,000 square-foot office building on Coconut Grove’s crowded waterfront. Their proposed box-on-the bay is not a part of the Grove’s waterfront master plan nor is it in compliance with the shoreline’s 50-foot setback law.”

SOURCE: If city builds box-on-the-bay, joke gets worse – Central Miami – MiamiHerald.com

NIU unveils plans for ‘Memorial Garden’ – NIU

NIU unveils plans for ‘Memorial Garden’ – NIU – Office of Public Affairs

Northern Illinois University will build a garden near Cole Hall, with a curved peaceful walkway and five illuminated sections of cardinal red granite, as a permanent memorial to victims of the Feb. 14, 2008 shootings on campus.

The plan for “Memorial Garden” was unveiled today during events commemorating the tragedy one year ago. Those activities included a wreath-laying ceremony at the future garden site, located just east of Cole Hall.

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Ultimately, the advisory Memorial Committee identified a peaceful
garden and/or sculpture as the top memorial concepts. The group also
recommended that the memorial be located within sight of Cole Hall,
include the “Forward, Together Forward” theme and be easily accessible
to the public. A memorial wall was also among the top concepts
identified by the committee.

A smaller group headed by Jeff Daurer, director of capital budgeting
and planning for the NIU Division of Finance and Facilities, then
created the more detailed memorial plan. Representatives of HKM
Architects + Planners, Inc. of Arlington Heights—which designed Barsema
Hall, the Yordon Center and the Barsema Alumni and Visitors
Center—assisted the group, donating its time and expertise in landscape
architecture and design.

SOURCE: NIU unveils plans for ‘Memorial Garden’ – NIU – Office of Public Affairs

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