A urban agriculture program underway in Panama City’s old quarter is sponsoring a design competition for the perfect balcony-sized composter. Designs must be compact, simple to build out of local materials, cost less than $25 to construct and fit within the character of the neighborhood.
Panama City’s old quarter, Casco Viejo (also called Casco Antiguo), is a UNESCO World Heritage site that is in the early stages of revitalization. With a large percentage of its population living below the poverty line, a group of local organizations and companies have begun an urban agriculture program in an attempt to provide residents with a higher degree of self-sustenance and a wider variety of nutritional options.
Full contest details can be found here: www.arcoproperties.com/images/Urbanposterfinal.jpg
The program is sponsored by Conservatorio SA, Arco Properties (www.arcoproperties.com), Island Planning Corporation, The Canal House (www.canalhousepanama.com) and Fundacion Calicant
Source: PRweb.com – Urban Composter Design Competition for Panama City’s Historic Casco Viejo.
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“University Heights. That’s the new name, all right? … And we have a logo and everything and you’ll be seeing that all over.”
— Ward 8 Councillor Anthony Perruzza, on his mission to rebrand Jane and Finch
Over the past three decades, Jane and Finch has remained a crack in Toronto’s wall that has, again and again, been covered up with wallpaper.
It has been decorated with grants, surveillance cameras, task forces and studies. But as politicians furrowed their brows at the somehow-surprising findings of each commissioned report, all along, residents have been calling for a new foundation.
Jim Watson politely disagrees with critics who say the provincial government hasn’t committed itself financially to fixing Jane and Finch.
Read more at the Source: TorontoSun.com – Toronto And GTA- Lots of fixes, no solutions.
Seoul, the capital of the Republic of Korea, will contribute 90 percent of the cost of mapping out a new urban center along Hanoi’s Hong (Red) River, the Hanoi Planning and Architecture Department said Saturday.
After the project plan is drawn up, it will be submitted for approval to the National Assembly in April 2009 and the Prime Minister two months later.
Once approved, authorities will call for bids to carry out the construction of the project.
It is estimated that construction of the new urban center by the Red River will cost about US$7 billion.
Source: Vietnam latest news – Thanh Nien Daily.
Supreme Awards (Highest Award)
George Malcolm Supreme Award was won by Isthmus Group in association with Studio Pacific Architecture for Kumototo Wharf Development, Wellington Waterfront
Category: Landscape Design Urban Design
Charlie Challenger Supreme Award was won by Boffa Miskell Ltd for Manukau City Council Restoration Planting Guidelines: Restoring Our Native Plants
Category: Landscape Planning Planning and Environmental Design
Awards of Excellence
Sustainability Award of Excellence – Renee Davies, Waitakere City Council in Partnership with Landcare Research and Architectus and Athfield Architects Waitakere City Council Green Roof
Sustainability Award of Excellence – Wraight Athfield Landscape + Architecture Ltd, Megan Wraight Waitangi Park, Wellington
Sustainability Award of Excellence – Northern Gateway Alliance (NGA) Northern Gateway Alliance Alpurt B2
Sustainability Award of Excellence – Frazer Baggaley ReClaim: Reveal Record Glenbrook Steel Mill
Resene Colour Award of Excellence Isthmus SEART- Sylvia Park
Go to the NZILA awards website for more information
As our cities grew and our housing settlements changed, we began to separate the places where we live from the places where food is grown. The average North American food item now travels 1,500 kilometres to reach the grocery store shelves.
The quest for a more sustainable way of living is taking aim at this separation of people and food with a commitment to urban agriculture. There are few places in North America where urban agriculture is exploding as fast as it is in the Vancouver area.
The urban agricultural movement promises a new vision where people are living in harmony with the lands and ecosystems around them. Urban agriculture invites food production back into our communities through innovative planning and design.
Source – Vancouver Sun – Urban agriculture exploding in Vancouver by Bob Ransford
World Expo Shanghai has chosen up to 55 projects – almost twice the expected number – to exhibit in the Urban Best Practices Area of the Expo site, organizers announced yesterday.
A local green building project, called “Eco-house in Shanghai,” is among them. The building, now located in city’s southwest Xinzhuang area of Minhang District, will be rebuilt in the Expo site to demonstrate the energy efficiency concept.
55 urban projects to feature —
Source – Shanghai Daily