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.”
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With more reports today of another major developer cutting jobs, and news in the past week of property prices falling and stock market share values tumbling it appears that the UAE is not immune to the financial crisis spreading across the globe.
Major property projects are still being announced and the government is using the huge fiscal reserves to stabilise the economy and push forward some of its major infrastructue projects. The sense is that the crisis will be short lived in the UAE and GCC countries but will have a moderate impact on the UAE.
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San Bernardino County Sun reports that
“The city needs to put its best face forward, especially on the 215 Freeway frontage, if it wants to improve its image.
That’s the recommendation of Vaughan Davies, director of urban design for EDAW, a 60-year-old Los Angeles urban design firm with offices in 22 cities around the world.
Four months after being retained by San Bernardino’s Economic Development Agency, Davies introduced three different planning strategies for revitalizing the downtown to the public in a standing-room-only presentation in the old Woolworth Building on the corner of Fourth and E streets on Thursday.”
SOURCE: San Bernardino County Sun – Design firm offers three separate strategies to revitalize downtown San Bernardino
Daily Commercial News reports that “A recent study done at the University of Texas at Austin, shows that while green roofs are capable of significant thermal moderation, not all are equally capable of retaining stormwater.”
read more @ the SOURCE: Daily Commercial News – Stormwater retention should be consideration for green roofs