$1.6mil in planting for Toronto – globe and mail

JOHN LORINC of Globe & Mail in a special report states

“In the City of Toronto’s looming $8.7-billion operating budget, this year’s $1.6-million allocation for tree planting looks like little more than a sapling-sized line-item. It’s an outlay that will add 100,000 young trees to Toronto’s parks, public spaces and front yards.”

[SOURCE: globeandmail.com: $1.605MNEW PLANTING $3.853MMAINTENANCE $0.686MPROTECTION]

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Construction starts on Noorderpark – West 8

This week construction works have started at the Noorderpark in Amsterdam. The first part to be developed is Volewijk-Oost and will be ready mid-2009. When all parts are completed, Amsterdam will have a real green central park that functions as a central meeting point, with spaces that can be used for large gatherings and functions.

The design by West 8 for the new park will transform the urban landscape that was created by construction works on the new local railway line, the North-South line. In addition to tying together three existing parks that were isolated from each other, West 8’s design also proposes a broad circuit track that links the existing disjointed parks, with new bridge connections which span across the canal and over the road and railway line.

SOURCE: West 8

Project H builds their first Learning Landscape in Uganda – inhabitat

Inhabitat reports

Design nonprofit Project H has completed the construction of their first Learning Landscape, a playground that teaches elementary math concepts using ten interactive games. Built from reclaimed tires in a simple sandbox structure, the pilot installation was built at the Kutamba AIDS Orphans School in southern Uganda by Project H design fellows Dan Grossman and Heleen de Goey. The grid system facilitates games that teach addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division, along with spatial and logical reasoning. The Kutamba installation is the first of many – Project H hopes to build at least 5 more in Africa and in the US.

SOURCE: Inhabitat » Project H builds their first Learning Landscape in Uganda

When to cut a deal, when to run – reportonbusiness.com

reportonbusiness.com: When to cut a deal, when to run

“When times were good, Scott Wentworth’s clients thought little of spending $150,000 to spruce up their properties with outdoor kitchens, hot tubs and babbling pools.

Mr. Wentworth, a landscape architect and owner of Scott Wentworth Landscape Group in Kingston, specializes in large residential projects …….instead of pitching pricey projects that would see his customers have their dream yards by the end of the summer, he’s showing them how to spread the cost over several seasons.”

[SOURCE: reportonbusiness.com: When to cut a deal, when to run]

Quake-hit panda reserve awaits Hong Kong aid – People’s Daily Online

People’s Daily Online reports

“Work to rebuild Sichuan province’s Wolong Nature Reserve, which was destroyed in the massive May 12 earthquake last year, is expected to start later this month after an aid program gets a nod from the Legislative Council of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region government.

The epicenter of the 8-magnitude earthquake was just 30 km from Wolong. The disaster left a panda dead and another missing ever since.

The bureau has jointly developed a reconstruction plan with Peking University, Chinese Academy of Sciences and Beijing-based Turenscape Company.”

SOURCE: Quake-hit panda reserve awaits Hong Kong aid – People’s Daily Online

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