How city living fights the waistband sprawl

Sydney Morning Herald reports

“THE closer you live to the city, the better chance you have of being trim, a study of Sydney suburbs has found.

University of NSW researchers, in conjunction with the NSW Department of Health, examined residents in 40 local government areas across Sydney.

They found those living in the outer suburbs were 30 to 50 per cent more at risk of being overweight and 40 to 60 per cent less likely to be physically active than their inner-city counterparts.”

read the full article at the SOURCE:  smh.com.au – Health – LifeAndStyle

Urban otters join foxes and squirrels in Britain’s towns and cities – Telegraph

Telegraph reports

“They were driven to the edge of extinction by pollution, but now otters are staging a comeback that is seeing them even move into Britain’s towns and cities.”

Read the full article @ the SOURCE: Telegraph.co.uk – Urban otters join foxes and squirrels in Britain’s towns and cities

What to do if you get ‘laid off’ in a recession? – World Landscape Architect

1        Keep upbeat
The best thing to do is keep upbeat. You may have lost you job but don’t get down on yourself. Often losing your job in a recession often has nothing to do with skills or attitude but mere numbers. The best thing is to look forward and be positive.

 

2    Training

Now is the opportune time to go to university or undertake a short course. In landscape architecture it would be a good time to go for LEED or some other green qualification. Also read the Sustainable Sites draft documents and keep up to date with the latest developments with other countries associations such as Landscape Institute, IFLA, etc.

 

3    Skills Improvement

If you have just been laid off and you still have some time left at your current job ask your manager if they could give you pointers on which skills you could improve on(eg sketching, design, planting design, project management) and also how they best think you should go about it. If your not at your previous employer maybe arrange a time to meet up with them and have a chat about how you could improve.

 

4    Get free education

The internet is full of numerous whitepapers and information about new technologies including water sustainable design, green design, computer software such as Sketchup that cost nothing for trials versions.

 

5 Keep in touch with your previous employer

Although it may be hard to do and somewhat disconcerting its good to keep in touch with your previous employer so that when the economy does pick up they can give you some part time work and thus you’ll be first pick for new positions when they have enough work to employ you full time.

 

6 Volunteer

There are many green groups and volunteer organisation around the world that need help with green initiatives. Now is a good time to talk to them about helping out and to keep your skills and knowledge sharp for when you go back to full time work.

 

7 Networking – Start a support group or discussion group

Whether it’s in your city or on the internet. Get in touch with other fellow landscape architects, architects, planners, engineers through social websites such as Land8lounge and start a weekly meet up, try and stay positive and help those also who start to get down on themselves.

 

8 Get in touch your University

University’s are always looking for new lecturers and tutors and you maybe able to get a part-time paid position. If not offer to be a guest lecturer or tutors although this may not pay it will look good on your resume that you put back into the profession whilst laid off.

 

9 Brush up on your resume and folio

Brush up your resume and pick you best pieces of work that shows your strengths. Try and keep a broad range of projects in your portfolio to show your versatility. Also keep checking back at World Landscape Architect and also look at the list of job sites at Dirt Blog at ASLA.

 

10 Relax and keep an open mind

Now is the festive season, its time to relax catch up with friends and family and remain positive about your future.

 

11 Don’t give up

Best advice is not to give up and to keep looking for work you might have to move somewhere else but sometimes these downturns can give you great opportunities to reinvent yourself and your skillset.

 

 

People are free to use this article – Please cite the SOURCE as Damian Holmes and link back to World Landscape Architect

           

Chapel Hill adding public art – news&observer

news & observer reports

“CHAPEL HILL – It’s called “Exhale,” because in a sense that’s exactly what it will do.

A sculpture designed by artist Mikyoung Kim for downtown Chapel Hill will emit a fine cloud of mist, spritzed upward and dispersed through a series of gently arced, folded stainless steel ribbons perforated with thousands of tiny holes.”

SOURCE: newsobserver.com - Chapel Hill adding public art

First look at OMA’s Commonwealth Institute scheme – Building Design

bdonline.co.uk reports

“OMA’s proposed luxury new build and refurbishment scheme for the iconic Commonwealth Institute in Kensington has been unveiled.’

read the full article @ [SOURCE: First look at OMA's Commonwealth Institute scheme - Building Design].

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