WORK was due to start today restoring the historic Playfair Steps which run from Market Street to Princes Street Gardens.
The steps, which were built in 1828, are being revamped as part of a £10,000 project, which will see the original stone repaired rather than replaced so they keep the look of wear and tear that has built up over the years.
The four organisations involved – Edinburgh World Heritage, the city council, the National Galleries of Scotland and the Halifax Bank of Scotland – are funding the project, which is expected to take a couple of weeks, equally.
Read more @ Edinburgh Evening News – Work begins on £10k revamp of city’s iconic Playfair Steps –
To cover the littered lake of cracked asphalt, the students suggested gardens. For the darkest corners of the schoolyard, they asked for new playgrounds, safe and bathed in light.
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To help relieve the dark memories of the site at the Mount Vernon School where four young people were shot, three of them fatally, in August, the schoolyard here will be remade.
At a community meeting at the school on Tuesday night, students who participated in redesigning the schoolyard, in collaboration with landscape architects and the Trust for Public Land, unveiled the plans.
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Harare City Council must have a clear-cut policy on urban agriculture that takes into consideration the need to conserve the environment and the contribution of urban farming towards household food security.
Haphazard urban farming has negatively impacted on the environment and, in some instances, affected protected conservancies, forests and wetlands.
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Wellington Airport’s new $39 million international passenger terminal has been designed to look like rocks, echoing its location on Wellington’s south coast.
The building, designed by Wellington architects Studio Pacific Architecture, and Christchurch’s Warren and Mahoney, is the second stage of refurbishments and due to be finished by 2009.
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Pretoria – Group Five believes housing and property developments on the edge of urban areas could be at risk because of a lack of power, but the listed construction and engineering group thinks Eskom’s capacity problems have been exaggerated.
Group Five chief executive Mike Upton said yesterday that Eskom’s capacity would increase as the utility brought back units from maintenance and rolled out its full repower programme, such as the refiring of the Grootvlei and Camden power stations.
Read more @ Business Report – Group Five sees urban risks.
They have helped to calm the traffic-choked streets of Paris and spawned hundreds of romances among strangers. Now the French capital’s free bicycle hire scheme is coming to Central London, where 6,000 sturdy bikes will be deployed outside Tube stations and other locations.
Read more at 6,000 free ‘granny’ bikes will bring continental success story to capital – Times Online.