The European Commission last week hosted a high-level conference on the relationship between soil and climate change, and the role of soil management in climate change mitigation and adaptation. Organic matter plays a fundamental role supporting soil fertility, retaining water, sustaining biodiversity and regulating the global carbon cycle. But organic matter is in decline, and the conference heard how large amounts of carbon have been lost to the atmosphere in recent years. The Commission states it is convinced of the need to act at EU level to protect soil
SOURCE: Jerusalem Post – EU Commission discusses soil degradation and climate change .
Green Sky Thinking debate – deadline for submissions
Do you have a vision of the sustainable city of the future? Or simply some innovative sustainable design solutions you would like to share with an inquisitive high-profile audience of 100 key decision-makers in regeneration, sustainability and urban design?
If so, join the Green Sky Thinking Debate on 16 July 2008. Part of the 2008 London Festival of Architecture, the Green Sky Thinking Debate will take place at Allen & Overy, 10th floor, One Bishops Square, London E1.
This is a great opportunity for young landscape architects, architects, urban planners, landscape designers, engineers and multi-disciplinary design teams to showcase their work whilst demonstrating their commitment to green design.
To submit a brief email a 100 word description of your idea together with 5 lo-res images (no larger than 5mb each)to
firstname.lastname@example.org by 19 June 2008.
SOURCE: Landscape Institute – Green Sky Thinking debate – deadline for submissions.
Tim Holt of San Francisco Chronicle interviews urban planning guru, Jan Gehl about San Francisco and create urban spaces and a more pedestrain city(Ed– Maybe hard with those hills) and open air shopping.
Read more @ the SOURCE: SFGate.com – Making S.F. into a people-oriented city
GRAHAM BLACK AND BRAD KHOURI have written a comprehensive article about designing residential developments in Seattle.
Town homes don’t have to be ugly and dampen the human spirit. But so many of them are eyesores that town homes have become a lighting rod in the local debate over housing. They’ve been blamed for the decline of community and called a threat to single-family neighborhoods. Their rapid proliferation has even prompted recent City Council-led community forums.
Town homes aren’t the problem. A critical part of the housing stock, they allow the city to create more urban density, reduce our carbon footprint and provide an affordable housing option for local families.
Bad design and laziness are the real problem. Badly designed, shoddily built, cookie-cutter town homes that don’t fit or build the character of our city’s neighborhoods isolate residents from one another and discourage open space. Bad design is the result of a formula-driven approach, where generic plans are slapped onto every lot, regardless of site or neighborhood.
Seattle has an opportunity to shape neighborhoods for the future. The city needs to take charge of its permitting and design process, eliminate the loopholes that allow some builders to avoid design review and give an incentive for opting into that process. Design review, when done right, can ensure projects that make the city a more interesting place.
Read more @ the SOURCE: Seattlepi.com - Good design requires innovation.
The Heinz Endowments has given $2 million to Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Architecture to endow a directorship and diversify students in urban design.
SOURCE: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review – CMU gets $2 million gift for architecture school –