Low-risk landscaping: It’s time to turf the toxins

Meg Sears reports on the pesticides and the downsides to using them to maintain your lawn and laws in Ontario.

Not everyone shares my joy with all flowers. Many people maintain gorgeous lawns by optimizing the conditions for growing grass and letting the plants and insects fight it out. With good agronomy in your corner, the grass will win. But others feel that synthetic pesticides are needed to maintain their sward. That option may end soon, if the provincial government passes legislation to ensure that only least-toxic options are available for sale and use in Ontario.

Read more at the Source: globeandmail.com: Low-risk landscaping: It’s time to turf the toxins.

International designs shape Indian construction projects – Thaindian News

Thaindian News  reports on designs such as the luxury villa designed by Giorgio Armani, an 18-hole golf course conceptualised by Greg Norman and skyscrapers with the FX Fowle touch – hiring global professionals has become a new trend with Indian realtors. With the $15 billion realty sector in India booming at an annual growth of 35 percent and global players lining up investments worth some $10 billion, this industry has begun attracting international planners and architects.

So don’t be surprised if fancy realty project names like Orchard Country, Sun City, Malibu Towne, Espace Nirvana Country and Karma Lakelands also have some top international civil engineers and architects associated with them.

Read more @ International designs shape Indian construction projects –

Source: Thaindian News.

China urged to shift urban growth to supercities

Reuters reports that Shifting China’s model of urbanization to favor huge supercities could boost per capita output, improve energy efficiency and help contain the loss of arable land, the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) said on Monday.

Rapid urbanization has been a major driver of Chinese growth over the past two decades and will become more so over the next 20 years; cities will account for 95 percent of China’s gross domestic product by 2025, up from 75 percent today, MGI said.

But the institute, the economics research arm of consultants McKinsey & Co, said in a report that China could reap even greater economic benefits by adopting a more concentrated pattern of urban growth.

China urged to shift urban growth to supercities

Source: Reuters.

Weep for Urban Renewal

As fantastic as our annual Doors Open weekend (May 26, 27) has been in giving us a chance to tour a vast number of wonderful buildings, it’s also a reminder of the vast number of wonderful buildings we won’t get to see.

Of the more than 20,000 structures that were demolished during the “urban renewal” of the 1950s and ‘60s, arguably the grandest was Toronto’s General Post Office that at one time stood on Adelaide at the head of Toronto Street.

Source: The Bulletin is Downtown Toronto’s Best Read Community Newspaper.

Weep for Urban Renewal

As fantastic as our annual Doors Open weekend (May 26, 27) has been in giving us a chance to tour a vast number of wonderful buildings, it’s also a reminder of the vast number of wonderful buildings we won’t get to see.

Of the more than 20,000 structures that were demolished during the “urban renewal” of the 1950s and ‘60s, arguably the grandest was Toronto’s General Post Office that at one time stood on Adelaide at the head of Toronto Street.

Source: The Bulletin is Downtown Toronto’s Best Read Community Newspaper.

Nice Tower! Who’s your architect?

THE HL23 tower, planned for a site on 23rd Street in Chelsea, is the kind of commission Neil Denari has being waiting for his entire working life. Mr. Denari, a Los Angeles architect who once ran the Southern California Institute of Architecture, has labored on the profession’s periphery for decades. But because of a recent demand for name-brand residential architecture in New York, he is finally getting a chance to test his ideas in the real world.

Read more at Skyline – Residential Buildings – New York – Architecture – New York Times.

Source NYtimes.com

WORLD WATER DAY – 22 MARCH 2008

Saturday 22 March 2008, World Water Day and an opportunity to reflect on water as our main resource for life. It not only a source of energy for drinking but this year it is also become a focus as the worlds source of Sanitation.

Many countries and people around the world fall victim to disease and illnesses due to the unavailability of water to cleanse themselves. 2008 is the International Year of Sanitation and the UN and many other organisations have focused their efforts on get water not only for drinking but for cleansing around the world.

Although you may feel powerless in your own country to help the billions around the world who need clean water, you too can help in your own country by having shorter showers, watering the garden less, planting water tolerant plants, installing a water efficient toilet and/or a water recycling system in your home. You can also help by donating to those organisations who are helping communities build facilities to provide water and also educate millions on the use water efficiently for drinking and washing.

More about activities on Water Day

More about World Water Resources (source UN Waterday)

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