2012 Biomimicry Student Design Challenge | Water wise

The Biomimicry 3.8 Institute is holding its 4th Annual Biomimicry Student Design Challenge. The challenge theme for this year is Water Wise: Biomimetic Solutions to Water Access and Management. During this year’s Challenge they ask you to examine how nature manages this precious resource and apply what you learn to a local or global water challenge.

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e_co_llectiva | Athens Greece | Athanasios Polyzoidis & Katerina Petsiou

e_co_llectiva | Athens Greece | Athanasios Polyzoidis & Katerina Petsiou
In the project “e_co_llectiva” the public space of the streets and the vacant lots in the internal parts of the four building blocks is unified so as to create a single urban garden-park which promotes the concept of collective activity. This intervention is given the title ‘e_co_llectiva’ after ecology (eco), collectivity (collectiva) and new technologies (e).

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This Week In Landscape | 4 March 2012

This weeks round-up of landscape news and views from around the web

Prospect Park (Flickr User wallyg)

We want a total ban on cars from Prospect Park,  Brooklynites tell city |  Simone Weichselbaum | New York Daily
But Brooklyn residents questioned why officials won’t ban motorists rather than cram cars into a 10-foot slice of pavement during the morning and evening commutes, the only time vehicles are allowed inside the park.

Suburban design: Pomp and paternalism | C.H. | The Economist
A review of  “Foreclosed: Rehousing the American Dream” at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York until July 13

Concentrating on building efficiency is Europe’s new climate-change mantra | Sandrine Dixson-Declève | The Guardian
Since buildings burn 40% of all the energy consumed, insulating them effectively could help the EU meet climate targets….

Harvard-PKU parallel course in eco-city planning | Bai Bing | Peking University
From February 10 to 19, 2 professors and 12 graduate students from Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD), along with 16 graduate students from the College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (CALA) of Peking University (PKU), completed a 10-day program under the guidance of Professor Yu Kongjian, president of CALA.

Gardening turns out to be very eco un-friendly | Roger Dobson & Jonathan Owen | The Independent
A report from the University of Reading and the RHS shows that gardens are a vital part of green infrastructure in cities however, it can contribute CO2 through the use of lawn mowers and peat.  Also here is the the abstract from ‘ The domestic garden: its contribution to urban green infrastructure’ by Cameron, R., Blanusa, T., Taylor, J., Salisbury, A., Halstead, A., Henricot, B. and Thompson, K.

SimCity 5 rumoured to launch in 2013 – Digital Spy
The last version of Sim City launched back in 2003 so news of an all new version slated to be launched in 2013 has caused a buzz in frustrated urban planners and designers  around the world.
See images of the rumoured game 

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UK Survey finds shortage of landscape architects

Green space skills: 2009 National employer survey findings, a survey commissioned by CABE and English Heritage, is the first to reveal the full extent of skills shortages in the green space sector in the UK. The report has found that 14.9% of national employers found landscape architects hard to recruit due to skills shortage. Landscape architects were also on top of the table as the hardest to recruit out of all the green space skills.

22% of  respondents from the Private sector stated that it was harder to find landscape architects whereas only 8.5 of respondents in the Public Sector  found it hard to find landscape architects due to a skills shortage.

Green space skills shows an urgent need to address the skills shortfall to tackle climate change. Planning, design and management are what are needed to help to adapt green spaces to a changing climate, and these were exactly the skills which employers felt their staff most lacked.

The report also identified several priorities to counter the shortage including:

– Develop and maintain a strong evidence base to make the case for investment in green space skills

– Improve the availability and quality of training, including continual professional development

– Increase awareness of the sector and the opportunities it offers, to encourage more people into the sector

Download the report at the [SOURCE:  CABE]

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Bond University to have new school of architecture

Bond University located on the Gold Coast of Australia is to introduce a new school of architecture due to the increasing demand for sustainably built environments. The new school will open in January 2011 in a newly built 6-star Green Star rated School of Sustainable Development building. The Soheil Abedian School of Architecture will offer 50 commencing places in 2011 for the six semester undergraduate program.

Professor George Earl, who will oversee the establishment of the School said, “The demand to design living environments that are sustainable and to address climate change issues are increasing exponentially.

“Climate change has required we evolve the way we design buildings.  Two years ago, the school undertook a survey of green rated building in Australia with 12 projects identified. The survey is currently being repeated but with 140 projects now participating.

Professor George Earl, who will oversee the establishment of the School said, “The demand to design living environments that are sustainable and to address climate change issues are increasing exponentially.

“Climate change has required we evolve the way we design buildings.  Two years ago, the school undertook a survey of green rated building in Australia with 12 projects identified. The survey is currently being repeated but with 140 projects now participating.

[SOURCE: Bond University]

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