It’s not often you go from your day job to turning a sheep over and inspecting its hooves,” says Brigitta Richards. A nursery nurse, Richards is one of a growing number of volunteer shepherds recruited by Brighton and Hove city council as part of an initiative to reintroduce grazing to its urban parks, after an absence of more than 50 years. “It gets me out and about, and you’re doing something to protect and conserve the environment as well.”
SOURCE: The rise of the urban shepherd – Society – The Guardian.
In the past 10 years, green roofs in Portland have come a long way. Jason King, a landscape architect with GreenWorks PC, said constant sharing among those in the design community helps him and others learn from mistakes and advance green roof designs.
“It’s amazing to see how much better they’ve gotten and more refined they are,” said King. “The mistakes aren’t really mistakes. They’re just ways of experimenting and being able to improve. Everybody is willing to share information.”
King said green roofs can satisfy a number of requirements: they can be low-maintenance ways of providing insulation, they can manage storm water and they can be a “beautiful amenity.”
SOURCE: Daily Journal of Commerce.
Championing the value of large trees in the urban environment
The environmental, economic and social benefits of trees are well documented. Members of The Landscape Institute routinely work to ensure that trees form an integral part of the urban landscape and public realm. However, the valuable contribution made by large-growing trees in particular is often compromised or precluded by negative perceptions relating to maintenance, nuisance or safety and associated costs.
The Role of the TDAG
The Landscape Institute is a member of the Trees and Design Action Group (TDAG) – a multi-disciplinary group of individual professionals and organisations from both the private and public sectors who have come together under The London Tree and Woodland Framework to collaborate in achieving an increased awareness of the role of trees in the built environment. Its other members include representatives from the GLA, Design for London, Urban Design London, Transport for London, the City of London and other London boroughs, the London Trees and Woodland Framework, the Forestry Commission, Royal Parks, the Tree Council, Trees for Cities, various leading developers, representatives of the insurance and utilities industries and design consultants.
SOURCE: LI – The Landscape Institute and the Trees and Design Action Group.
West 8 announced in Dutch that they have won a park competition the following is a translation of the announcement.
The challenge is an integral plan for the sewage plant (RWZI), where the new building is connected to the national park Diezemond. It indicated how the water purification plant in a responsible and innovative manner can perform functions in respect of recreation, tourism, nature and energy.
De opgave betreft een integraal plan voor de rioolwaterzuiveringsinstallatie (RWZI), waarbij de nieuwbouw is verbonden met het natuurpark Diezemond. Daarin is aangegeven hoe de RWZI op een verantwoorde en vernieuwende wijze functies kan vervullen ten aanzien van recreatie, toerisme, natuureducatie en energieopwekking.
Ivor Catto, currently a member of the Executive Board of Atkins, has been named as successor to Tim Wade as chief executive of Hyder Consulting.
He will take on the role on 1 December. Tim Wade, who had announced he would retire on 31 August, will stay on until that date.
SOURCE: Hyder Consulting News
The Moscow Times reports that the city’s urban planning department, headed by First Deputy Mayor Vladimir Resin, said Tuesday that it would be divided into two new branches led by his deputies, with one focusing on planning and the other overseeing infrastructure.
Analysts said the move looked like a response to President Dmitry Medvedev’s demand for an increased focus on both public and private infrastructure development.
SOURCE: The Moscow Times