NYC Gets a Green Roof Kickstart – GreenerBuildings.com

New York City building owners who install vegetation on at least half of their rooftop space may receive up to $100,000 in a one-time property tax credit.

Bill A.11226 passed the state legislature Tuesday, paving the way for building owners to be compensated about $4.50 per square foot of green roof space, or about a quarter of the cost typically associated with a green roof’s materials, labor, installation and design.

A proliferation of green roofs could save America’s most populous city millions of dollars in energy cooling and stormwater management costs, as well as jumpstart the creation of green collar jobs, say proponents of the bil

SOURCE: GreenerBuildings – NYC Gets a Green Roof Kickstart

Shanghai to have China’s tallest building – Dragon to dwarf the city’s skyline – Shanghai Daily

CHINA’S tallest building, to be built in Shanghai, will look like a coiled dragon, according to its designer. The 580-meter-high Shanghai Center will top the city’s skyline.

The US firm Gensler and the Shanghai-based Architectural Design & Research Institute of Tongji University. A dozen overseas and domestic firms offered designs for the building from April 2005 but Gensler’s “Dragon” finally defeated the “Bamboo Shoot” from Britain’s Foster & Partners.

SOURCE: Shanghai Daily – Dragon to dwarf the city’s skyline —

Sensory garden for pupils – Liverpool Echo.co.uk

A SENSORY garden for pupils with learning difficulties was being opened today by Liverpool’s Lord Mayor.

Cllr Steve Rotheram was visiting Redbridge School, Fazakerley, to view the garden, which is designed to stimulate the senses.

The garden was developed alongside the Liverpool’s Youth Offending Service in Liverpool, which brought a team of young people on reparation orders to work under the guidance of a landscape architect.

Cllr Rotheram said: “This is a wonderful school which always strives to give pupils the best learning experience possible.

SOURCE: Liverpool Echo.co.uk – Sensory garden for pupils 

City may stop urban village

A PROPOSED urban village for up to 10,000 residents in southern Redland Bay is likely to be opposed by the new Redland City Council.

Councillors are considering changes to the city’s 20-year growth plans in the wake of an election that shifted the balance of power to candidates who promised to slow down development.

The State Government, which is ultimately responsible for planning, wants the new council to provide its views on growth by next month

SOURCE: Bayside Bulletin / The Redland Times – City may stop urban village 

Biofuels threaten food security and environment

Biofuels threaten food security and environment

Less than two years ago few people knew about biofuels. Today, Indonesians are struggling to cope with the escalating costs of daily essentials, like rice, as the amount of agricultural land being used to produce this new source of energy increases.

A combination of skyrocketing oil prices and the need to find alternatives to climate changing fossil fuels is driving this new biofuel obsession.

Environmentalists are becoming increasingly worried about the adverse impacts this will have on the country’s rapidly diminishing rainforests.

SOURCE: The Jakarta Post – The Journal of Indonesia Today.

The public lend a hand at the launch of the London Festival of Architecture

The public lend a hand at the launch of the London Festival of Architecture

Foster + Partners successfully built a conical structure, interwoven with fabric panels hand-printed by the public to kick off the Kensington and Chelsea hub of the London Festival of Architecture on 21 June. A focal point of the Exhibition Road Festival, the tensile structure was hauled into place with a tug-of-war rope by the public at 2pm. More than 4,000 visitors walked through the ten metre-high structure in the afternoon and enjoyed its sound installation by Bill Fontana. Overall turnout on the day was high – more than 30,000 visitors were reported at the event.

SOURCE: Foster + Partners.

Something from Nothing – Sasaki Feaure in The Boston Globe

Why would a company want employees diving into its trash bins? Because at Sasaki Associates, one of the country’s hottest landscape and urban-design firms that’s shaping the Olympic village in Beijing, life is all about salvaging good from bad.

FOREST PARK IS A LARGE GREEN space on the northern fringes of the Beijing Olympic site, home to this summer’s Games. It may also become the defining project for this 55-year-old team of urban and strategic planners, building and landscape architects, engineers, and graphic designers that specializes in turning bad land into something special. It was back on a Sunday in July 2002 when a young landscape architect fluent in Chinese ran into the office of Sasaki Associates president Dennis Pieprz, screaming, “We won, we won.”

Read more @ the SOURCE: The Boston Globe – Something from Nothing 

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