A megalopolis in making on India’s southwest coast – Sindh Today

Propelled largely by funds sent home by people working abroad, mostly in the Gulf countries, Kerala’s coastal belt is undergoing rapid urbanisation of a kind not witnessed elsewhere.

Kerala has five cities, 53 towns and about 1,000 village panchayats. The division into urban and rural areas is arbitrary. Many urban areas retain their rural character and many villages boast of urban amenities. Continuous habitation from one end to the other gives the state the character of a rural-urban continuum.

Read more @ the SOURCE: Sindh Today – A megalopolis in making on India’s southwest coast (Letter from Kerala)

‘Superblocks add to green space’ – The Jakarta Post

Public parks within superblocks run by private developers can alleviate the lack of green public space and help urban revitalization, an expert said Friday.

“The city administration needs to revitalize the city but doesn’t have the cash. So permitting private superblocks is a part of urban revitalization,” University of Indonesia economist Faisal Basri said at the launch of Podomoro City, a superblock in Tanjung Duren, West Jakarta.

SOURCE: The Jakarta Post – ‘Superblocks add to green space’.

Making your garden grow sustainably

Landscape architect Kate Bridger outlines the latest thinking on landscaping newly-built developments and designing sustainable gardens.

SOURCE: icNewcastle – Making your garden grow sustainably.

Pervious Concrete Seminars Offer Solution to Stormwater Runoff – 8/14/2008 – Associated Construction Publications

The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA) and the Portland Cement Association (PCA) have once again combined efforts to offer the seminar Pervious Concrete – A Stormwater Solution in four additional cities in 2008. The seminar has been offered in 28 cities over the last two years. New seminars are scheduled for:

* November 18 – St. Louis
* December 5 – Boise, ID
* December 10 – San Francisco
* December 16 – Albuquerque, NM

SOURCE: Associated Construction PublicationsPervious Concrete Seminars Offer Solution to Stormwater Runoff – 8/14/2008 –

Environment-friendly Olympic Village granted LEED gold award-Xinhua

Chen Zhili, head of the Beijing Olympic Village, received a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold award here on Wednesday presented by the U.S. Green Building Council.

On behalf of the council, U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson honored the award to Chen, who is also vice president of the Beijing Organizing Committee of the 29th Olympic Games (BOCOG).

Chen noted that the concept of “Green Olympics, High-Tech Olympics and People’s Olympics” has been fully implemented at the Beijing Olympic Games. The award affirmed the cooperation between China and the United States in clean energy technology for Olympic Games.

SOURCE: XINHUA – Environment-friendly Olympic Village granted LEED gold award_

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