Mexico plants 8 million trees in latest green project – Reuters

Mexicans went out and planted more than 8 million trees across the country on Saturday as part of a government push to shed its reputation for environmental mismanagement and rampant illegal logging.

Packs of volunteers, including oil workers and schoolchildren, trekked into fields and forests up and down Mexico wielding shovels and wheelbarrows full of government-supplied saplings. They planted a 8.3 million trees, the environment ministry said.

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Auckland a city in need of ambition – NZ Herald

Auckland is failing to fulfil its potential and needs to be bidding for ambitious projects such as the 2016 Commonwealth Games, says Ludo Campbell-Reid, the city council’s urban design champion.

Campbell-Reid, who was brought to Auckland two years ago by then mayor Dick Hubbard to give the city a cohesive design framework, has spent a month in London where normally sanguine Londoners are getting excited about the Olympics being held there in 2012.

SOURCE:  NZ Herald – Auckland a city in need of ambition – 06 Jul 2008 -

Golf ‘ruining our green and pleasant land’

The sport’s growing popularity has led to dozens of important parks being turned into 18-hole courses, leading to what English Heritage claims is “irreversible damage to the historic environment”.

The warning comes as the organisation prepares to launch the first comprehensive register of the country’s neglected historic treasures this week.

SOURCE: Telegraph.co.uk

Wildcard storm the Danish Embassy – London Festival of Architecture

Collaborating with Hemingway Design, Wildcard Creative have designed and produced another dynamic space in which to showcase the most exciting talent in the Danish Architectural community.

London, UK (PRWEB) July 5, 2008 — Leicester based design agency Wildcard Creative have taken over the underground car-park of the Arne Jacobsen designed Danish Embassy in London for sust-DANE-able, an exhibition of sustainable Danish Architecture. Wildcard transformed the entire space with over 1000 CAD cut cardboard profiles up to 3 metres high, incorporating plasma screens, audio and digital print. The entire installation uses recycled materials and will eventually be recycled at the end of its life.

Part of London Festival of Architecture, the event is open to the public until 12th July, Tues – Fri 3-7 PM, Saturday 12-4 PM. Prior registration required at http://www.sustdaneable.dk/en

SOURCE: London Festival of Architecture – Wildcard storm the Danish Embassy.

Lower Don Lands project receives sustainable development award

Waterfront Toronto, alongside Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, has been honoured for the sustainable design of its Lower Don Lands project.

The new development, one aspect of Waterfront Toronto’s 8000-hectare central waterfront transformation, recently received the 2008 Royal Architecture Institute of Canada’s (RAIC) Sustainable Development Award.

The award is designed to recognize the role urban design and architectural excellence play in maintaining and enhancing the quality of life in Canadian cities.

SOURCE: Beach-Riverdale – THE MIRROR – Lower Don Lands project receives sustainable development award.

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