Urban Composter Design Competition for Panama City’s Historic Casco Viejo

A urban agriculture program underway in Panama City’s old quarter is sponsoring a design competition for the perfect balcony-sized composter. Designs must be compact, simple to build out of local materials, cost less than $25 to construct and fit within the character of the neighborhood.

Panama City’s old quarter, Casco Viejo (also called Casco Antiguo), is a UNESCO World Heritage site that is in the early stages of revitalization. With a large percentage of its population living below the poverty line, a group of local organizations and companies have begun an urban agriculture program in an attempt to provide residents with a higher degree of self-sustenance and a wider variety of nutritional options.

Full contest details can be found here: www.arcoproperties.com/images/Urbanposterfinal.jpg

The program is sponsored by Conservatorio SA, Arco Properties (www.arcoproperties.com), Island Planning Corporation, The Canal House (www.canalhousepanama.com) and Fundacion Calicant

Source: PRweb.com – Urban Composter Design Competition for Panama City’s Historic Casco Viejo.

BCSLA Conference 2-3 May Vancouver

LANscapes: Celebrating Collaborative Networks in Space Design
2008 Conference, Trade Show & AGM May 2-3, 2008, Vancouver, BC

Toronto – Jane & Finch – Rebranding won’t provide solutions

“University Heights. That’s the new name, all right? … And we have a logo and everything and you’ll be seeing that all over.”

– Ward 8 Councillor Anthony Perruzza, on his mission to rebrand Jane and Finch

Over the past three decades, Jane and Finch has remained a crack in Toronto’s wall that has, again and again, been covered up with wallpaper.

It has been decorated with grants, surveillance cameras, task forces and studies. But as politicians furrowed their brows at the somehow-surprising findings of each commissioned report, all along, residents have been calling for a new foundation.

Jim Watson politely disagrees with critics who say the provincial government hasn’t committed itself financially to fixing Jane and Finch.

Read more at the Source: TorontoSun.com – Toronto And GTA- Lots of fixes, no solutions.

Korea to help out with Hanoi’s new urban center

Seoul, the capital of the Republic of Korea, will contribute 90 percent of the cost of mapping out a new urban center along Hanoi’s Hong (Red) River, the Hanoi Planning and Architecture Department said Saturday.

After the project plan is drawn up, it will be submitted for approval to the National Assembly in April 2009 and the Prime Minister two months later.

Once approved, authorities will call for bids to carry out the construction of the project.

It is estimated that construction of the new urban center by the Red River will cost about US$7 billion.

Source: Vietnam latest news – Thanh Nien Daily.

NZILA 2008 Awards announced

Supreme Awards (Highest Award)
George Malcolm Supreme Award was won by Isthmus Group in association with Studio Pacific Architecture for Kumototo Wharf Development, Wellington Waterfront
Category: Landscape Design Urban Design

Charlie Challenger Supreme Award was won by Boffa Miskell Ltd for Manukau City Council Restoration Planting Guidelines: Restoring Our Native Plants
Category: Landscape Planning Planning and Environmental Design

Awards of Excellence
Sustainability Award of Excellence – Renee Davies, Waitakere City Council in Partnership with Landcare Research and Architectus and Athfield Architects Waitakere City Council Green Roof

Sustainability Award of Excellence – Wraight Athfield Landscape + Architecture Ltd, Megan Wraight Waitangi Park, Wellington

Sustainability Award of Excellence – Northern Gateway Alliance (NGA) Northern Gateway Alliance Alpurt B2

Sustainability Award of Excellence – Frazer Baggaley ReClaim: Reveal Record Glenbrook Steel Mill

Resene Colour Award of Excellence Isthmus SEART- Sylvia Park

Go to the NZILA awards website for more information

Source: NZILA

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