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

$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

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