Ealing urged to reject Penny Whistle tower

Plans to build skyscrapers in the suburbs were dealt a blow as English Heritage attacked proposals for a 40-storey tower in west London.

The Government’s advisory body believes the centre of Ealing is the “wrong location” for the 469ft block of flats, nicknamed the Penny Whistle.

Rowan Moore, director of the Architecture Foundation, said: “Once again London’s vague planning system is giving rise to a pointless and expensive debate. Is it okay to build towers in suburbs? Yes. But how big is too big? It is up to the Mayor to give a lead, which he has failed to do.”

Ealing council expects to decide on the application next month.

Ealing urged to reject Penny Whistle tower | Evening Standard.

Urban Agriculture thrives in Zimbabwe

RESIDENTS in and around Harare have capitalised on the incessant rains currently being experienced to plant maize and other crops for subsistence as more families get involved in urban agriculture.

A survey around the city, mostly in high-density suburbs, showed that urban agriculture was thriving as most residents took up patches of land dotted around the city to plant various crops for their families.

Allafrica.com

Sydney Design Guide

The Sydney Design Guide has just been launched which gives a great insight to all the things a local person would show you. It encompasses architecture, built environment, objects, industrial design, fashion, art, visual culture, eat/sleep/drink
and a section on Design Resources. A great book for any design professional heading to Sydney.

MacWorld – VectorWorks 2008 Review

MacWorld review a program loved by many landscape architects for its intuitive design layout and ability for the trained to produce great designs with ease.

MacWorld goes through all the new changes to Vectorworks 2008 such as Heads-up display, Workgroup Management, Import Export with ACAD 2008, Streamlining of Viewports. The review also looks at Landmark with its improved plant palette and image geo-referencing with shp files.

Read more at MacWorld

New Law to reduce lawsuits – lets hope others follow suit

In Hawaii a law has recently been introduced that requires complaints against engineers, surveyors and landscape architects registered in Hawaii to be filed first with the state’s Design Claim Conciliation Panel. The introduction of this law will reduce the number of frivolous and fraudulent lawsuits against professionals.

The state of Hawaii has taken a great step towards reduce the burden on the judicial system. Many countries and states have realised that Arbitration and Concilliation is a far better alternative for complainants and professionals to settle disputes. This method of dispute resolution reduces costs and time spent for both parties to settle disputes.

I foresee that this approach of dispute resolution will become popular with states and other countries as they realize that courts are often bogged down with claims that could have been easily solved with a mediator. Changes like this also allow professionals to concentrate on practicing their profession and less on defending themselves in court which is often costly and unnecessary.

Read more from the press release issued by Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs

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