Facing a housing market lull which could drag China’s economy further in the backdrop of a worldwide financial crisis, Beijing is probing possibilities to loosen its macro control to activate the real estate sector.
As many as 18 Chinese cities, including Shanghai,Guangzhou,Hangzhou and Xi’an, have announced detailed policies to boost their property market, which have seen at least four months of consecutive drops in housing prices.
SOURCE: Chinadaily.com – Government to boost Chinese property market.
“The widespread use of vegetated and highly reflective surfaces in New York City.s built environment could improve the City.s environment, public health, and economy, according to a study released today. Urban Heat Island Mitigation Strategies Can Improve New York City.s Environment, written in partnership between Sustainable South Bronx (SSBx) and Columbia University.s Cool City Project, reviewed research that quantified effects of using vegetation and cool reflective surfaces in urban areas.
The full report is available through the SSBx website: http://www.ssbx.org”
SOURCE: E-wire.com – Scientists, Sustainable South Bronx: Cool Surfaces Can Combat NYC Pollution, Save Energy, Improve Health; Green-Collar Jobs Needed.
“New street schemes which merge traffic and pedestrian areas could put blind people at risk, a charity has warned.”
SOURCE: BBC NEWS | UK | Scotland | Tayside and Central | Shared high streets ‘not safer’.
Urban living can get a bit claustrophobic sometimes, making you want to leave the concrete (or stone) jungle as quickly as possible and get to a green, open space.
Which is where Mapa’s new book, Iyim Yerukim (Green Islands), comes in handy. The guide suggests 120 parks and gardens across the country – some in the city, some out of it.
SOURCE: Jerusalem Post – Get the green light | Around Israel .
Read a great interview with Martha Fajardo by Kevin Gaughan of Land8lounge.com
“MARTHA CECILIA FAJARDO, Immediate Past-President of the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA), received her Colombian Landscape Architect Master degree on Landscape Design at Sheffield University, England.”
SOURCE: Land8lounge.com – Martha Fajardo Interview