Disney still in negotiations for Shanghai Park

According to Wall Street Journal the village of Jinjia on the far eastern side of Shanghai is getting ready to be relocated as Disney continues negotiations on opening a theme park by 2012.

Disney Hong Kong has been open almost 3 years however has had mixed reviews due to its size and that the theme park was not adjusted to Chinese tastes. It will be interesting to see if Disney has learnt from HK Disney and create a Disney World Florida sized park on the Mainland.

Read the Wall Street Journal Article for more information

Hong Kong opens processing plant for manure – guardian.co.uk

Hong Kong has prepared a HK$37 million ($4.75 million) composting plant to deal with up to 20 tonnes of manure a day from horses taking part in equestrian events in next month’s Olympics and September’s Paralympics.

Hong Kong opens processing plant for manure – guardian.co.uk.

UKlandscapearchitect.com Launched

Today we have launched another website UKlandscapearchitect.com. Our new website carry over the design language of our sites such as worldlandscapearchitect.com and all the great features. So for all those in working and interested in UK landscape Architecture take a look at

UK landscape architect.com

Eco-towns set to face toughest ever green standards : Directgov – Newsroom

The UK Government has released the report with proposal’s for the Eco Towns, below is the full details.

Underlining the government’s determination that only the best quality schemes with very high sustainability standards should qualify for eco-town status, the standards being developed are set to include:

* achieving zero carbon status across all the town’s buildings, including commercial and public buildings as well as homes – a significantly tougher threshold than any existing or agreed targets
* allocating 40 per cent of land within the town to be green space, at least half of which should be open to the public as parks or recreation areas
* providing a minimum of 30 per cent affordable housing to provide more homes for social rent and assist those struggling to get on the housing ladder
* creating more options for travel and reducing residents’ reliance on the car to enable the majority of journeys to be made by sustainable transport, such as public transport, walking and cycling
* ensuring a minimum of one job per house can be reached by sustainable transport to reduce dependence on the car
* locating the average home within 10 minutes walk of frequent public transport and everyday neighbourhood services
* raising the threshold for individual homes so that they must all achieve at least level 4 of the Code for Sustainable Homes, which includes standards for household waste recycling, construction waste, water efficiency measures and reduced pollution.

SOURCE: Directgov – NewsroomEco-towns set to face toughest ever green standards :

Inner-City Farms – TIME

Inner-City Farms is an look at Urban Farmers a new trend in USA and other developed countries. Read the article at TIME – Inner-City Farms

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