Landscape failed in eco-town plans, says Landscape Institute

The importance of landscape is neglected in the Government’s eco-towns plans, the Landscape Institute said this week.

Chair of the Landscape Institute Policy Committee Jon Lovell said eco-towns provided “an outstanding opportunity” but warned that the sustainability of the proposed eco-towns depended on the integration of landscape planning, design and management. He said that green space needed to be viewed as essential infrastructure – as equally as important as roads, services and other ‘grey’ infrastructure’ components.

SOURCE: Landscape Institute – Landscape failed in eco-town plans, says Landscape Institute.

Fight for Waterfront design hots up : Express & Star

First glimpses of how the multi-million million pound Walsall Waterfront development could look have been revealed after developers announced the final shortlist of designs.

We’re looking for a defining piece of architecture for Walsall and now have a shortlist of seven really powerful concepts to choose from.” The London-based contenders are Flacq and Featherstone Associates in a joint submission, Jacobs Architecture, Woods Bagot, Piercy Conner Architects and Type_O. In addition moh Architects (corr) from Vienna and Kirkland Fraser Moor Aldbury are in the frame.

SOURCE: Express & Star – Fight for Waterfront design hots up

Auckland students win by sustainable design

Open to University of Auckland Civil and Environmental Engineering students, the competition brief was to re-design a system that reduces stormwater runoff and pollution in new housing developments, while contributing to good urban design.

The competition was jointly sponsored by the Auckland Regional Council, the Hobsonville Land Company – a subsidiary of Housing New Zealand Corporation – with support from The University of Auckland.

The proposed re-design area covered 25 hectares of land in north-west Auckland currently being developed by the Hobsonville Land Company, and was to “set new benchmarks for sustainable development” using a Low Impact Design (LID) approach.

The winning team were Alex Cheah, Jonathan Church and Andrew Hope. They received a prize of $1,500. Runners up were Jade Gibson, Rachel Kelly and Julia Wells, who received $1,000. The third place went to Nick Hohaia, Sam Reed and Leon West, who received $500.

SOURCE Scoop.com.nz: Auckland students win by sustainable design.

Government delays eco-town design competition – Building Design

Government plans for a competition to “set the design standards” for its eco-towns programme have been delayed by at least a year amid mounting hostility to the 10 proposed developments.

The contest, announced last October by then housing minister Yvette Cooper, was set to involve “leading creative thinkers” in architecture and landscape design, as well as a so-called citizens’ panel. It was due to name winning proposals early this year.

But the competition, run by Cabe, the RIBA and the Prince’s Foundation, has now been mothballed until this October.

SOURCE: Building DesignGovernment delays eco-town design competition -

New York City’s Green Real Estate Blog – greenbuildingsNYC

Times Square is about to receive New York City’s first green-powered electronic billboard. Tokyo-based Ricoh Company, Ltd. will install a 47 by 126 foot sign on the Reuters Building (3 Times Square, at the northwestern corner of 42nd Street and 7th Avenue) that will draw power from 45 solar panels and 4 wind turbines. In what should be an interesting twist, if the photovoltaics do not receive sufficient sunlight or winds are not strong enough to drive the turbines, the sign will simply not illuminate. According to Ricoh, the installation should account for a reduction of 18 tons in carbon dioxide per year.

SOURCE: greenbuildingsNYC: New York City’s Green Real Estate Blog.

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