Afrique en ligne reports
Paper-free or paperless conferences may soon be in vogue if a pioneering initiative by the Nairobi-based United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Government of Qatar passes the test of time.
The initiative is being tried by delegates attending an international conference on the protection of the ozone layer.
SOURCE: Afrique en ligne – UNEP, Qatar to introduce environment-friendly, paperless conferences.
The Start reports
“In anticipation of the extension of the Spadina subway north from Downsview, the TTC has hired a gaggle of globe-trotting architects to design six new stations.
Among them are two leading U.K. practitioners, Will Alsop and Norman Foster, both of whom have worked in Toronto. Alsop, of course, is the author of the celebrated “flying tabletop” at the Ontario College of Art and Design. Foster’s only local project is the University of Toronto’s Leslie Dan Pharmacy Building.
“If you can cheer someone up for a few minutes,” Alsop declares, “it’s worth it.” “
SOURCE: TheStar.com | Columnist | Subway station architects intend to cheer you up.
24dash reports that “Four of the UK’s most respected names in architecture, planning and property development are to advise the Mayor of London Boris Johnson on delivering design excellence across the capital
Architects Richard Rogers (pictured) and current RIBA President Sunand Prasad, Chair of the English Heritage Advisory Committee, Joyce Bridges, and Joint Chief Executive of the Argent Group, Roger Madelin will all make up the Mayor’s new Design Advisory Panel.”
Read more @ the SOURCE: 24dash.com – Richard Rogers to join Mayor of London’s design panel » Housing »
Landscape Institute reports that
Grounds for Optimism launched successfully to secondary schools across South East England and Yorkshire and Humberside this September. 100 schools have now signed up to take part along
with many landscape practices.
The repsonse has been fantastic but they are still looking for more landscape professionals to sign up and take part in supporting the schools.
In February 2009 Grounds for Optimism will shortlist school entries down to 10 in each region and each of these schools will be teamed
up with a landscape practice.
Practices need to be willing to donate a minimum of three days of time to supporting these schools. Guidelines will be supplied to all interested practices that have signed up.
Involvement could help schools to refine their designs, understand cost implications, improve their presentations and plan their use of space better.
All the shortlisted schools will have the opportunity to present their designs at a prestigous event next summer, with one
school being chosen as a Gold Award
For more click here Grounds for Optimism.
SOURCE: Landscape Institute (UK)
Kanhu Charan Pradhan of livemint.com writes
”Continuing growth in India and China is now seen as essential for the world’s economic health. Urbanization is a necessary correlate, if not the engine of that growth. Our flagship urbanization programme is the Jawaharlal National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM), directed at strengthening urban governance, providing basic services to the poor in 63 selected cities and enabling these to access capital markets to build infrastructure. Urban infrastructure and construction is a key candidate for replacing the diminished investment demand from industry and financing growth in this sector is necessary to maintain our pace of growth.”
continue reding more @ the SOURCE: livemint.com – How not to fund urban renewal – Views – livemint.com.