According to some doomsday scenarios, spiking gas prices could turn the cul-de-sacs and two-car garages that surround North America’s cities – built over the past 60 years and designed for the convenience of people with cars – into tomorrow’s slums.
The predictions for the most part come from subscribers to the theory of “peak oil,” which holds that crude prices will shoot permanently upward as global demand outstrips dwindling supply, ruining the economy. But their predictions are getting a second look now, as suburbanites, especially in the United States, grumble at the rising price of a fill-up.
Read more @ the SOURCE: globeandmail.com: Today’s suburbs, tomorrow’s slums?.
This site in Sandao, Hainan province, has been recreated in the virtual online world of Second Life where the public will design an “Eco-friendly Community” that will later be built on the actual site.
When David Greenberg stumbled across a cluster of tree houses while trekking the jungles of Maui, he felt a sudden and mighty urge to rebel.
“That was the moment I knew I wouldn’t be an urban designer,” he says. The California native with a disdain for convention and an admiration of nature would instead reinvent himself as an “anti-architect” and “anti-designer”.
“Just like the architects went into the rundown parts of the cities in the US during the 1960s to remodel and revive, the landscape architects must go to China’s rural areas and do much the same thing,” he says. For that reason, he says: “I’m so lucky and so happy to be working for my last few years in China.”
SOURCE: Chinadaily – A mastermind of green design.
The latest IFLA World Congress is about to start today in the Netherlands with over 350 delegates attending.
The theme for this Congress is Transforming with Water. This 45th IFLA World Congress will be held in the Netherlands in conjunction with the Apeldoorn Landscape Architecture Triennale(100 days event which started on June 11) which hosts various other cutting-edge landscape events, such as the European Summer School, A Wider View on Cultural Landscape Challenges in Europe, the Conference Landscape and Leisure, and various exhibitions on garden history and landscape architecture.
Key note speeches will be given by Adriaan Geuze(West 8), Anne Whiston Spirn(MIT), Herbert Dreiseitl(Atelier Dreiseitl Waterscapes)
Three Sixty Design is a landscape architecture firm specializing in site planning, landscape architecture, and sustainable appointed Philosophy Communication, Inc., a Denver-based marketing and public relations agency, to manage its new brand, including the logo and business collateral design and Web site development.
Three Sixty Design believes the practice of landscape architecture is a tool to create innovative landscape and ecological strategies for any project, independent of location or budget. Built projects connect architecture and landscape to the site through a holistic approach identifying the client and the site’s needs, resulting in healthy environments that are coherent, economical, site-specific and purposeful.
SOURCE: emediawire – Philosophy Communication Wins Three Sixty Design Account.
Urban authorities which have failed to allocate special trading areas for petty traders in most towns and cities in the country are to blame for the endless quarrels between street hawkers known as machingas and local government officials.
But poverty has also been fueling the increase of street hawkers as most youths flock into cities and towns in search of better lives. But with little education they find themselves unable to secure decent jobs, thereby resorting to petty trading.
SOURCE: IPPMedia.com – Poor planning in towns and cities fuels street hawkers.
Chris Reay, the CEO of Engineer Placements, says the industry is especially vulnerable because engineers are in demand around the world. He says that often when he tries to contact some of the engineers on his company’s database he finds they “are now in Perth, Dubai or China”.
Also, it is not only South Africa that is suffering from a skills deficit — the whole world is affected. When it comes to the lack of technical skills, South Africa is far from alone. In the case of engineers, for example, she says that Germany needs about 8 000.
The Times – It’s one big battle for the brains
Editor – More and more people are not returning back to developed countries due to the higher cost of living, higher taxes and lack of challenging opportunities at home.