Does your garden reflect your fantasies? Do your plants make visitors think of Dr. Seuss or Harry Potter?
Does your garden path take you back to Shakespearean times, or to the plants of the Bible?
If not, this may be the year to create a theme garden.
Landscaping can be creative and fun.
The concept of theme gardens has grown as people have become more interested in creating garden rooms to extend their living space and break up the landscape into different types of gardens.
Read more @ the SOURCE: To theme, or not to theme? – Daily Herald
The most recent topic of global interest is Singapore’s breakthrough on the technology to produce reasonably cheap desalinated and recycled water, which meets some 25% its needs and sharply reduces the dependency on imports.
DESPITE a growing disenchantment at home, tiny Singapore has attracted scattered admiration in countries keen to follow its way of solving problems.
These involve mostly economic and management systems that were well crafted and implemented by a purposeful and hard-working population – rather than its form of politics.
Source: TheStar.com.my – City-state a role model for the world.
MANY INDIAN cities do not have public spaces worth their names. Most of the open grounds in urban areas have been converted into stadiums, corporate blocks etc. Space should be such where citizens can gather for conviviality without being bothered by honking of horns.
It is a distressing reality of urban India that open public spaces are being converted into enclosed stadiums, sporting arena or shopping plazas. Earlier, these places were available as neighborhood grounds in till few years ago but have shrunk at an alarming speed.
While in developed countries these spaces are converted into urban settlements for citizenry, the haphazard urban growth in our country has put so much pressure on land that not a small piece of land seems left for any other purpose than commercial or exclusive uses.
Read more @ the SOURCE: merinews.com – Shrinking public spaces in cities.
At the heart of the festival is the largest architectural awards programme in the world. The Awards will showcase, compare and contrast an outstanding range of completed buildings created by a profession which has always looked beyond national borders to the wider world of architectural culture. Headed by Lord (Norman) Foster, the international judging panels will comprise architects, allied professionals, clients and critics, including a “super-jury”, who will decide the ‘best in show’ prize – the first architectural ‘Prix de Barcelona’ .
Entries will be accepted from April 2008, with a closing date at the 20 June.
Shortlisting will be carried out by an international jury during July 2008. At this stage, 16 buildings will be shortlisted in each of the competition’s 16 categories (ie, 256 buildings in total).
All shortlisted architects will then present their work live to juries and audiences at the Festival, competing against each other to become category winners. With 16 categories covering 96 building types, the awards programme is designed to showcase your latest completed buildings, big or small, from anywhere in the world.
22–24 October – World Architecture Festival – Barcelona
The city is set to host Architectural Dialogue 2008, an international forum and exhibition of architecture and design, whose sponsors include City Hall’s committee for investment and strategic projects. The event will take place from May 23 to June 1 at the Popov Museum of Communications.
Source: The St. Petersburg Times – Russia – Design Forum To Visit City.