Blow for wind farm proposals

PLANS for a controversial wind farm near Pontefract have been slammed by a Wakefield Council consultant.
The news has come as a massive boost to local pressure groups fighting a dogged campaign to see off the plans by developers Banks Developments.

That is the same company planning a wind farm on the outskirts of Leeds in the Hook Moor area near Micklefield, where residents have been similarly outraged.

Read more @ Blow for wind farm proposals by Stuart Robinson – Yorkshire Evening Post.

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North America

Detroit: City’s plan to put foreclosed homes to use – freep.com
Hit by a deluge of foreclosures in the past three years, the City of Detroit said it has found a tool to get some of the houses back into use.

Winner selected for Jarvis Slip Competition – WATERFRONTToronto.ca
Waterfront Toronto, joined by its government partners, today announced that a team led by Claude Cormier Architectes Paysagistes Inc. is the winner of the Jarvis Slip Public Space Design Competition. The design competition was held to produce an innovative design and to bring a fresh, new perspective to the one-acre site at the foot of Lower Jarvis Street.

Talk to your Neighbours First – Ann Arbor News
After hours of listening to residents speak against a large student housing project that the City Council eventually rejected, Ann Arbor Mayor John Hieftje had some advice for the next developer hoping to build on the site: Talk to the neighbors first.

Not in Silver Lake’s Backyard – by Christopher Hawthorne – Los Angeles Times
If you’ve spent any time in Silver Lake lately, you’ve probablyseen the signs. They have nothing to do with this year’s presidential campaign; they don’t point the way to a movie set or offer cash for your house.

They’re the result, instead, of a neighborhood battle that has turned increasingly bitter over the last year or so.

Europe

High and mighty by Will Alsop – The Guardian
Cities never stay still. The destruction of large parts of London in the second world war allowed a new urbanism – not all of it good by any means – to take place. The rise of London to become perhaps the world’s finance capital was accompanied by a realisation that a denser city of mixed use is environmentally more responsible than spreading out into green-belt areas and beyond. All these pressures make our urban environment more vibrant.

LI joins offers Prime Minister support in tackling climate change – Landscapeinstiture.org
The Landscape Institute today welcomed a collaborative letter signed by the leaders of the built environment professions including LI President Nigel Thorne, sent to the Prime Minister, urging a “detailed, equitable and binding agreement” to avert the worse consequences of climate change.

Middle East

UAE Finalising railway plan – UAEinteract.com
The UAE is finalising a 350-kilometre national railway network plan to ease road congestion, said Sultan Bin Saeed Al Mansouri, Minister of Government Sector Development. The track will link Abu Dhabi to the east coast and will eventually be connected with the proposed GCC-wide railway network.

Beijing unveils ‘cool’ Water Cube swimming venue for Olympics

The National Aquatics Center, also known as the Water Cube – one of the two iconic venues for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, was unveiled here on Monday.

It was the public’s first look at the building after little more than three years of construction.

So far the venue has been dubbed the “cool” building of the Games with its translucent, blue-toned outside skin resembling a cube of bubbles?

The center, will host its first event – the “Good Luck Beijing Swimming China Open” – from January 31 to February 5.


Read & See more @ Chinadaily – Beijing unveils ‘cool’ Water Cube swimming venue for Olympics.

A Landscape in Winter, Dying Heroically

ON a cold January afternoon in this tiny village near the German border, the garden designer Piet Oudolf put on a heavy coat and led the way out of the 1850s farmhouse he shares with his wife, Anja, and into his garden. After a few steps he stopped and pointed with pride at a stalk of dead fennel standing in a bed of moribund, wheat-colored joe-pye weed. “Normally, people who garden would have cut this back by now,” he said. “The skeletons of the plants are for me as important as the flowers.”

Read more @ New York Times –  A Landscape in Winter, Dying Heroically .

Seaside the good the bad the ugly of New Urbanism

Seaside, Fla. might have been the backdrop town of Seahaven in the Oscar-nominated film “The Truman Show”, but some of the problems developers faced while creating the new-urbanist beachside community were anything but picturesque.

The Urban Land Institute heard about some of Seaside’s headaches and successes from Jacksonville attorney Doris Goldstein during its 2008 Breakfast Series kick-off Thursday. Goldstein specializes in the legal aspects of new towns, residential and mixed-use communities and condominiums and began working with Seaside’s developer in 1986.

Read more @ Jacksonville’s Financial News and Daily Record.

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