WORLD WATER DAY – 22 MARCH 2008

Saturday 22 March 2008, World Water Day and an opportunity to reflect on water as our main resource for life. It not only a source of energy for drinking but this year it is also become a focus as the worlds source of Sanitation.

Many countries and people around the world fall victim to disease and illnesses due to the unavailability of water to cleanse themselves. 2008 is the International Year of Sanitation and the UN and many other organisations have focused their efforts on get water not only for drinking but for cleansing around the world.

Although you may feel powerless in your own country to help the billions around the world who need clean water, you too can help in your own country by having shorter showers, watering the garden less, planting water tolerant plants, installing a water efficient toilet and/or a water recycling system in your home. You can also help by donating to those organisations who are helping communities build facilities to provide water and also educate millions on the use water efficiently for drinking and washing.

More about activities on Water Day

More about World Water Resources (source UN Waterday)

Living Steel – Extreme Housing – 3rd International Architectural Competition

Have you ever taken your innovative ideas to the extreme? Now is your opportunity. If you have the ingenuity to create affordable, energy efficient housing that minimizes climate change emissions and withstands temperature extremes.

Judged by some of the leading architects around the world, total prizes and honoraria is €100,000, with the winning design being awarded €50,000. The winning architects will have the opportunity to utilize the exceptional qualities of steel to construct their design in Cherepovets, Russian Federation, known for its extreme temperature ranges.  

Last year there was 3 winning firms – one for Brazil, UK and China.

Go to the Living Steel website for more information

New fee schedules for professionals operating within the built environment – South Africa

Fee guidelines for professionals working within South Africa’s built environment are set to come under scrutiny over the next few months, when fee and work-reservation proposals for professionals operating in the sector will be presented to the Competition Commission.

Read more @ Competition body to apply its mind to new fee schedules for professionals operating within the built environment.

Source: Engineeringnews.co.za

Bigger cities means more poverty says UN

Urbanisation in the Asia-Pacific region has driven up poverty, says the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (Escap).

The agency’s latest yearbook showed that with an increase in urbanisation and growth, urban poverty had also worsened.

This year represented a turning point in human geography. For the first time in history, more people now live in cities than in rural areas.

Although the Asia-Pacific region, along with Africa, was still one of the least urbanised regions of the world, its urban population had grown at the fastest pace in the last 15 years, said the yearbook, which describes economic, social and environmental trends in Asia and the Pacific.

Source: Bangkok Post : General news.

The triumph of ugliness – National – smh.com.au

Are Australians visually illiterate? That’s the question that architects, designers and their critics have been pondering since the first convict staggered ashore, whacked up a bark humpy on the edge of Sydney Harbour, hung an emoh ruo sign on the front door and stuck a gnome in the garden.

The Pritzker Prize-winning architect Glenn Murcutt is in no doubt.

Read more @ The triumph of ugliness – smh.com.au.

Source: Syndey MOrning Herald

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