Hand over the mini-malls

The ubiquitous L.A. mini-mall is the 1980s love child of bad tax laws and shortsighted planning policies. But we have them all around us — every street corner it sometimes seems — and they’re not getting any prettier as they age. I propose that we embrace the mini-mall and make it a positive feature of the contemporary urban landscape.

Hand over the mini-malls – Los Angeles Times

Green roofs taking root

Shaw, a Eugene home­owner interested in environmentally sustainable building techniques, installed the green roof on an addition two years ago.

It’s one of a handful of public and private Eugene buildings that sport a layer of greenery on top, a trend that has taken off in larger metropolitan areas such as Portland and Chicago.

A technique dating back thousands of years, it was resuscitated in Germany more than 20 years ago, and is gaining ground in the United States.

Green roofs taking root: The Register-Guard, Eugene, Ore..

Waterfront plan: A magnet and, hopefully, model

Relax, Toronto, all is not lost; the wheels of change grind no slower here than in any other city.

So says Dutch landscape architect Adriaan Geuze, whose firm, West 8, is now redesigning the central waterfront in partnership with Toronto’s DTAH.

“Bureaucratic resistance is normal,” he says, smiling reassuringly. “It’s the same everywhere.”

Geuze should know; he’s worked in cities across Europe and North America. Still, he admits he has his work cut out for him in Toronto.

TheStar.com | News | Waterfront plan: A magnet and, hopefully, model.

American Institute of Architects pushes sustainable buildings : Business News : Commercial Appeal

American Institute of Architects Memphis chapter as it launches an ambitious 2008 agenda under the leadership of Self Tucker principal Jimmie Tucker.
Jimmie Tucker, principal in Self Tucker Architects Inc., said AIA will focus in 2008 on encouraging “green” development, the push for a civic design center that would serve as a clearinghouse for design and planning issues and on getting more children and young adults interested in architecture.

Jimmie Tucker, principal in Self Tucker Architects Inc., said AIA will focus in 2008 on encouraging “green” development, the push for a civic design center that would serve as a clearinghouse for design and planning issues and on getting more children and young adults interested in architecture.

American Institute of Architects pushes sustainable buildings : Business News : Commercial Appeal.

People spending to much time indoors

There’s a good reason for wanting to instill the urge to explore nature early on. In the January 2008 issue of the journal Environment and Behavior, landscape architects in Scotland suggest that regular childhood visits to the woods or similarly green places influence adult attitudes toward these same areas.

The work was done by Catherine Ward Thompson from the Edinburgh College of Art together with Peter Aspinall and Alicia Montarzino from the Heriot-Watt University.

Enjoying the green – INQUIRER.net, Philippine News for Filipinos.

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