Sharjah Municipality to complete execution of AED1.5 billion projects – WAM

WAM reports

“Sharjah Municipality (SM), UAE remains committed to completing all ongoing development and infrastructure projects, which it is executing at a total cost of more than AED1.5 billion, it was disclosed by SM Director General, Salah Tahir Al-Hajj.”

SOURCE: WAM

Midwest Ecological Landscaping Association – Annual Conference

Glencoe, Ill. — The Midwest Ecological Landscaping Association, in cooperation with the United States Green Building Council, will hold its annual conference at the Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe, Ill., 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 26, 2009.

Keynote speaker will be Lois Vitt Sale, LEED Accredited Professional architect and Director of Sustainability for Nelson Design Consortium. She will address issues related to the value and challenges of developing industry standards for sustainability.

The featured speaker will be Garth Conrad, MELA President-elect, and Environmental Chair of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers, speaking on “What is a Sustainable Landscape?”

There will be a panel discussion on Developing and Promoting Standards of Sustainability featuring speakers from the U.S. Green Building Council, the Sustainable Sites Initiative, and MELA.

A special feature will be two round table discussions on elements of the conference theme — Nature at Work: Creating Professional Standards for a Sustainable Green Industry — both on issues of sustainable landscaping such as irrigation, soil, construction materials, plants and energy, as well as on elements of the industry such as design/build, maintenance, growers, plant-health professionals and retail.

MELA is an organization of professionals in the landscaping industry who are dedicated to developing and promoting standards for sustainable landscaping. For info: www.melaweb.org

LABASH Expo & Conference – Penn State

The theme for LABASH 2009 is “Make Your Mark;” we’ll present outstanding guest speakers, workshops, and other activities to provide you with the tools you’ll need to make your own mark on the field of landscape architecture. This is an exciting time to be a landscape architect. As students, we are the next generation of leaders in the profession. LABASH 2009 will bring you the most cutting-edge information to help you become a better landscape architect. We look forward to seeing you in February, and we hope Penn State will leave its mark on you with an enjoyable and memorable LABASH experience.

LABASH – Penn State

Make under pressure to alter Tottenham masterplan – Building Design

Building Design reports

“Make could be forced to alter plans for the redevelopment of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club amid claims that the planned demolition of listed buildings on the site would be “very difficult to justify” under planning rules.

Tottenham Hotspur announced last November that Make, alongside landscape architect Martha Schwartz, would masterplan the 8ha site, while KSS designs the stadium.”

SOURCE: Building Design – Make under pressure to alter Tottenham masterplan

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Planning fails to keep pace with urbanisation – Viet Nam News

Viet Nam News reports

HA NOI — Only about 30 to 45 per cent of Viet Nam’s urban zones are the result of detailed planning, a construction ministry survey shows.

And rapid expansion and complex planning procedures are likely to ensure that the rate will not quickly improve.

The survey shows that in major cities such as Ha Noi, Hai Phong and Da Nang from 70 to 100 per cent of the inner-city has been thoroughly planned.

Detailed planning ranges from 25 to 40 per cent in outer-city small-to-medium urban precincts.

SOURCE: Viet Nam News – Planning fails to keep pace with urbanisation

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