This weeks round-up of landscape news from around the web.
Why Designers Need To Stop Feeling Sorry For Africa | Skibsted Ideation | Fast Co Design
Taking a patronizing approach to investing in Africa undermines the continent’s people and entrepreneurial promise, argues Jens Martin Skibsted and Rasmus Bech Hansen.
How green is a parking lot? New efforts to test infrastructure | David J. Unger | Sacremento Bee
A growing number of civil engineers, landscape architects and urban planners are making a case for not just repairing but also for greening the structural underbelly we rely on to drink our water, cross our rivers and park our cars.
NY state parks system getting $89M funding boost | Wall Street Journal
$89 million in New York Works capital projects for the state-run system of 178 parks and 35 historic sites.
Six new spots for architecture lovers | Katia Hetter | CNN
Various spots around the world including the High Line
A new approach to infrastructure | Denise Deveau | Calgary Herald
Canadian cities need to replace their aging infrastructure to accommodate new weather patterns, shifting demographics and social trends
The Shell Game | Martin C. Pedersen | Metropolis Magazine
New York University announced yesterday that it was scaling back its controversial plans for expansion
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CHESTER Zoo (UK) recently submitted planning applications for its ambitious Natural Vision project.
Following extensive consultations, detailed plans for the Heart of Africa biodome together with expansion of the main entrance and car park have been submitted to Cheshire West and Chester Council.
This hybrid planning application includes detailed drawings for the first phase. Future phases may include a hotel and conservation college.
The biodome could be open to visitors by 2014. Chester Zoo is advised by Hill Dickinson, Aecom and Barton Willmore.
You can download the Public Consultation Boards in pdf format (includes more renders and plans)
[SOURCE: CHESTER Zoo and Place Northwest via Architect's Journal]
[IMAGE SOURCE: CHESTER Zoo]
Building posted a report today that some large US firms the size of Jacobs, AECOM and CH2MHill maybe looking at acquiring firms in the UK. Many UK firms have established offices in Europe, Middle East and North Africa which makes their businesses more appealing as they have established company structures and trained personnel. They also have large infrastructure projects such as Crossrail and work in North Africa already on their books.
US Companies are seeing that the recession has abated in the US and Europe so its the most opportune time to acquire companies at low valuations and increase their personnel count and revenues across the world.
Read the article at Building for a list of targeted companies, analysis and interviews.
Accra, Ghana - Image via Wikipedia
Kwadwo (Kojo) Fordjour, AICP has written a great article published at Ghana Web which looks at the state of Town Planning in Ghana. Ghana has a population of 22 million with 385 towns and cities, however there is little planning and few universities offering courses in Town Planning. Kwadwo states that the envisioned plan for Ghana for 2015 will be dream unless planning is made the focus of the vision.
Kwadwo also gives an overview of how the APA is assisting Ghana by providing USA tours and job training to members of the GIP. If you are interested in learning more about how you can help they can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org
To read the article that inspired this post go to article at the [SOURCE: Ghana Web]
IMAGE SOURCE: Flickr – sarahemcc
Once a town that had numerous wetlands to show for it, Kampala’s wetlands now count for only 16 per cent of the total cover. Al-mahdi Ssenkabirwa writes about the dangers that await us as a consequence.
Wetlands are a vital resource because they serve as sponges and water filters. They also prevent destructive flooding along lakes or rivers. But this resource is considerably disappearing by the day. Reason – excessive pollution and encroachment.
SOURCE allAfrica.com – Uganda: Vanishing Wetlands Put Country at Risk of Ecological Disasters