More than 550 firms register their interest in international design competition

More than 550 companies from across the world have registered their interest in an international design competition to create inspirational public spaces in six town centres in Lancashire.

The brief for Pennine Lancashire Squared will be launched this Friday (August 15) in Nelson, but the competition has already attracted interest from more than 40 countries, including China, Australia, India, Venezuela, Vietnam, Iran, Serbia and Peru. Further interest has come from Qatar, Norway, Jordan and Croatia.

Read more @ the SOURCE: Landscape Institute – More than 550 firms register their interest in international design competition.

Shanghai closes in on green roof target – China Daily

Shanghai is well on the way to turning most of its rooftops green.

The Shanghai landscaping administration bureau said Monday that so far more than 95,000 sq m of rooftops have been covered in grass and shrubs, very close to the annual target of 100,000 sq m. The city will spend 5 million yuan ($710,000) this year on the campaign.

SOURCE: China Daily – Shanghai closes in on green roof target.

Summer Street- NYC – a great success

Summer Streets is a 6.9mile car free route through one of busiest and congested cities in the world – New York. The route stretches from Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park and connections to the Hudson River Greenway, allowing participants to plan a long or short route through Manhattan.

The first Summer Streets occured last Saturday from 7:00 am – 1:00 pm and will occur again for the next two Saturdays.

Read more at NYC.gov or about last weekends event at New York Times

MASDAR signs agreement with GPIC

The MASDAR initiative, in Abu Dhabi, signed an agreement with a Bahraini petrochemical fertilizer producer, GPIC, this week under CDM regulations. Dr Sultan Al Jaber said, “Masdar is introducing the CDM mechanism to the hydro-carbon based fertilizer industry in the Gulf region” with the initial project capturing over 100,000 tonnes of CO2 for selling to the UN.”


Read more @ the SOURCE: WAM.

Eco-village challenges urban limit – National Business Review (NBR) New Zealand

A consortium including CDL Land, Foodstuffs (South Island) and Ngai Tahu is seeking a plan change for a significant new residential subdivision just north of Christchurch city limits in Prestons Rd….has potential for up to 6000 residents in 2500 homes.

Read more @ the SOURCE: National Business Review (NBR) New Zealand  – Eco-village challenges urban limit

Top 20 Indian cities hold keys to urban growth-The Economic Times

Economic Times of India reports that Twenty top boom cities in India are projected to have their household income grow at 10% annually over the next 8 years, and they already account for 60% of the surplus income (income minus expenditure) generated at present.

Even as businesses search for promising new markets among thousands of booming small towns that dot the country, they should pause and reassess the potential of India’s top 20 cities, according to a new study “The Next Urban Frontier: Twenty Cities To Watch”, co-authored by National Council of Applied Economic Research’s (NCAER) Rajesh Shukla and Future Capital Research’s Roopa Purushothaman. The two had also authored the BRIC report……”

Read more @ the SOURCE: The Economic TimesTop 20 cities hold keys to urban growth- Indicators

Top Olympic athlete Yao Ming is the UN Environment Programme’s first-ever Environmental Champion

Basketball megastar Yao Ming, who plays for the National Basketball Association ( NBA ) and for China’s Olympic team, is one of the most famous athletes in the world today. He is a national icon in China and carried the Olympic Flame into Tiananmen Square on 6 August, as well as being his country’s flag-bearer at the Opening Ceremony.

“I am delighted and greatly honored to accept the UN Environment Programme’s offer to become their first ever ‘Environmental Champion'”, Yao Ming said. “In my role as Environmental Champion, I will work with governments, the private sector and the public to promote good and effective management of our environment so we can preserve the planet for future generations.”

SOURCE: UNEP Press Release

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