The UK Government has released the report with proposal’s for the Eco Towns, below is the full details.
Underlining the government’s determination that only the best quality schemes with very high sustainability standards should qualify for eco-town status, the standards being developed are set to include:
* achieving zero carbon status across all the town’s buildings, including commercial and public buildings as well as homes – a significantly tougher threshold than any existing or agreed targets
* allocating 40 per cent of land within the town to be green space, at least half of which should be open to the public as parks or recreation areas
* providing a minimum of 30 per cent affordable housing to provide more homes for social rent and assist those struggling to get on the housing ladder
* creating more options for travel and reducing residents’ reliance on the car to enable the majority of journeys to be made by sustainable transport, such as public transport, walking and cycling
* ensuring a minimum of one job per house can be reached by sustainable transport to reduce dependence on the car
* locating the average home within 10 minutes walk of frequent public transport and everyday neighbourhood services
* raising the threshold for individual homes so that they must all achieve at least level 4 of the Code for Sustainable Homes, which includes standards for household waste recycling, construction waste, water efficiency measures and reduced pollution.
SOURCE: Directgov – Newsroom – Eco-towns set to face toughest ever green standards :
Great article in the Wall Stree Journal By J.S. MARCUS about the various architects and urban designers such as OMA, Zaha Hadid, Libeskind, etc.
Read more @ the SOURCE: WSJ.com – Designer Cities: The Development Of the Superstar Urban Plan
The Berkerly Daily Planet reported on the City Council meeting for the Downtown Area Plan for Berkerly. In the meeting a Commissioner raised queries about the language used by the landscape architects and other authors in the Area Plan document. The terms in question were
– ‘to reference Strawberry Creek’ in which a they were referring to a design element such as water that would be used to represent Strawberry Creek.
also the term ‘wayfinding’ devices in relation to directional signage was also confusing to the readers.
and the last term was ‘vocabulary of features’ in relation to streetscape design
Often as built environment professionals we use professional jargon to express our concepts, thoughts and ideas for a design. However, I think we often forget to consider the reader’s education and demographic that when writing a document.
I am not one to shy away from using a terms/phrases such as ‘interpretation’ in relation to signage or informative/education signage or ‘using the consistent design language’ however I usually try to remember to aim at the level of the design knowledge of the audience and the client to strike a balance between a professional design document and one that the general public can understand.
In the case of the Berkerly Downtown Area Plan, I can understand that with a University’s involvement that the authors felt it necessary to use design language however, I think it is best when writing design statements and documents to be more relaxed and use plain language when the reader’s are from the general community and those who are not in the built environment profession. This often allows residents and participants to understand and feel more apart of the design process.
Read about the Berkerly Downtown Plan @ the Berkerly Daily Planet
LOVE it or hate it, Redcar seafront is in line for change – and residents can have a say on its possible new look.
Redcar and Cleveland Council is hosting an exhibition so the public can comment on how the seafront might be developed in conjunction with a £12m new sea wall scheme.
RIBA will draw up a shortlist of five schemes for the second stage of the competition, with the authors invited to present proposals to a jury panel.
The competition is open to all practising architects, landscape architects, town planners and urban designers. Subject to gaining the necessary approvals, it’s hoped to start work on a new £12m sea wall in 2010.
SOURCE: Redcar residents to have say on new look for seafront – Gazette Live.
An exceptional feature of Nissan Americas is the 2.5-acre wetlands, now thriving due to Nissan’s investment in its restoration. In an effort to restore natural balance to the area while enhancing biodiversity and natural beauty, Nissan has planted more than 50,000 plants native to Middle Tennessee. The wetlands, located on the property’s southwest corner, are fed by an underground spring and run-off from nearby retention ponds. Water quality will be improved as water passes through the wetlands. The landscape design features carefully planned green spaces and includes a water-runoff system that captures and collects rainwater from the entire site, directing it to one of two water-control systems for irrigation.
SOURCE: Nissan/Infiniti News Room.
Kiosk 2008 by Lisbon-based landscape architect Sofia Costelo. The bijoux installation in the plaza adjoining Wallpaper* HQ in Southwark looked, for all the world, like the ubiquitous red telephone booth; but on entering the booth, the visitor was treated to a series of three-minute soundscapes inspired by the sea, desert, forest and lavender fields, with the occasional bloom of water mist and lavender scent for the full sensorial experience. Unexpectedly, the soundscapes, played in a random sequence, made for an experience that was both isolating and curiously addictive.
SOURCE: London Festival of Architecture – Architecture – Wallpaper.com