RMJM help inner city youths become architects

Scotsman.com reports that RMJM the Edinburgh based firm has launched a  project worth £1m  in conjuction with the Stephen Lawrence Trust to encourage more inner city youths from ethnic minorities to pursue a career in architecture.

RMJM worked on the Scottish Parliament building hopes that the project will increase the diversity and creativity of architecture and help address the global skills shortage that will become more pressing over the next 25 years as more architects retire.

SOURCE: RMJM has designs for young urban architects – Scotsman.com Business.

New parks in the capital

The Phnom Penh Post reports that the new and improved parks are providing Phnom Penh residents some much-needed respite from the squeeze of the capital city’s increasingly cramped quarters.

The Wat Botom, Hun Sen, Vimean Ekreach and Wat Phnom parks have all undergone makeovers and are drawing hoards of locals to relax, exercise, picnic or loll with their sweethearts.

SOURCE: The Phnom Penh Post – New parks: too little, too late for capital?.

University of Hawaii uses green concrete for student housing landscapes

The Univeristy of Hawaii is using pervious (permeable) concrete for the pedestrian paths in the student apartment buildings. According to Stephen Baginski of Kaikor Construction who is the contractor states that the concrete can be 10 to 20 per cent more expensive as it is more difficult to work with and can harden too quickly.

SOURCE: University of Hawaii tries out environment-friendly concrete – HonoluluAdvertiser.com – The Honolulu Advertiser.

230ft wind turbine for Opera House

Jon Land of 24dash.com reports that Glynedebourne Opera House of East Sussex, UK will install a 230ft (70m) to reduce the venue’s carbon emissions by 70% and will reduce its impact on the environment.

SOURCE: 24dash – Glyndebourne Opera House given go-ahead for 230ft wind turbine>

Dubai developer to build new city in Poland for 50,000

Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem is ready to build a 50-thousand city in Balin near Chrzan√≥w in the industrial south of Poland – “Polska” daily reports. The investment is to be financed by Al Nakheel Properties. The same developer is currently building the World – a man-made archipelago of 300 islands designed in the shape of a world map located off the Dubai coast.

SOURCE: Polish Market Online.

City Will Explore Broad Bike-Sharing Plan – NYTimes.com

The city took a tentative step this week toward fulfilling the dream of a certain kind of urban idealist, saying that it will explore the possibility of creating a bike-sharing program that could make hundreds or even thousands of bicycles available for public use.

“This is a really big deal,” said Wiley Norvell, a spokesman for Transportation Alternatives, an advocacy group for cyclists, pedestrians and transit riders. “In the realm of things you can do to boost bicycling in a city, bike-share is at the top of the list.”

The city asked companies and organizations interested in running a bike-sharing program to provide assessments of how it could work.

SOURCE:  NYTimes.comCity Will Explore Broad Bike-Sharing Plan –

Public hold key to $25m city facelift – NZ Herald

Aucklanders have three weeks to comment on a $25 million plan to revitalise Aotea Square and turn it into the city’s premier civic open space, able to host events for 20,000 people.

Urban design professionals are divided over the draft plans for the square, which opened in 1979 and has been on the drawing board for a makeover since 2000.

SOURCE: NZ Herald – Public hold key to $25m city facelift (+photos) – 10 Jul 2008 –

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