Khaleej Times Online reports
“A vital step has been taken to protect the hundreds of plants native to Oman, many of them threatened with extinction due to natural and man-made factors, with the setting up of a state-of-the-art nursery at the Oman Botanic Garden (OBG) in Al Khoudh in the Muscat governorate’s Seeb wilayat.
The nursery was designed by WS Atkins, constructed by Carillion Alawi and project managed by Bovis Lend Lease. The glasshouses were designed and outfitted by Cambridge HOK. “We want to develop the beauty of the Omani Environment and OBG will give an opportunity to scholars and researchers to get details about the Omani trees from one place,” Patzelt said.”
read the full article @ the SOURCE: Khaleej Times Online – Oman Botanic Garden to Help Preserve Hundreds of Rare Native Plants.
Saudi Gazette reports “Burj Dubai, the world’s tallest building developed by Emaar Properties, set several global milestones in high-rise construction in 2008, an epoch-making year for the tower. On course to open in 2009, Burj Dubai has reached a record 780 meters (2,559 ft) height, and has over 160 stories, the most number of floors in any building.”
[SOURCE: Saudi Gazette – Burj Dubai maintains record ascent].
A brand new mentoring programme has been created to support students who have enrolled on the 14-19 Diplomas in Construction and the Built Environment (CBE) and Engineering.
The mentoring programme has been developed in partnership with the Construction Industry Council, Newham Education Business Partnership and the London Borough of Newham 14-19 Education team and will be launched in January 2009.
The programme involves linking volunteer practitioners from related built environment disciplines with young people aged 14 to 19 years old in Newham, giving the volunteer an invaluable opportunity to support and encourage potential future practitioners. The mentoring programme aims to raise the student’s aspirations and self-esteem, support improvement in their academic performance, develop key functional skills and support informed career choices.
Mentors and mentees will have regular meetings at the students’ school or college where they will share knowledge and information which, will enhance the student’s work-based learning and further develop their practical and academic understanding of their chosen career of interest.
For further information or if you wish to become a volunteer and support young people in Newham contact Danna Walker (CIC, Project Manager) on 020 7399 7404 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Read more @ the SOURCE: Landscape Institute – Newham Construction Mentoring Programme.
The New York Times has reported on the Sustainable Sites report in the Home & Garden section. Although some of us may loathe that it is in the “Home & Garden” section, I feel that its great that the mainstream media is giving some coverage to something that we will need to understand, use and educate clients on in the near future.
Remember that public comments are accepted until January 20 so get writing and maybe setup a “Sustainable Sites” meeting or group in your office so that your firm can have a dialogue and discussion about the report.
The article gives good coverage to the report and its contents with a summary of points. Read the full article @ the SOURCE: NYTimes.com – In the Garden – Pushing for Sustainable Landscapes
Prominent Dallas civic leaders Deedie and Rusty Rose have donated $1 million to the School of Architecture at The University of Texas at Austin to fund two endowments in urban planning.
[SOURCE: The University of Texas at Austin – School of Architecture Receives $1 Million to Tackle Urbanization Challenges]