White vs Green roofs at McGill

Henry Gass of McGill Daily reports

The fight for Montreal’s environmental future has recently reached new heights, as various environmental groups in the city promote the installation of energy-efficient green and white roofs.

Green rooftops, or rooftop gardens, are becoming more and more popular in Montreal, while white rooftops, flat surfaces with a white polymeric membrane stretched across, are just starting to be introduced.

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Opening permanent sculpture garden in Leidsche Rijn Park – West 8

On September 11, the permanent sculpture garden in Leidsche Rijn Park was officially opened.  As an opening act, the new sculpture Barricade from Spanish artist Fernando Sánchez Castillo was set on fire.

The sculpture garden is inspired by the book Possibility of an Island by French writer Michel Houellebecq. The device of the book –hope and the search for love- suggested a basic principle for the designs of the participating artists Fernando Sánchez Castillo (SP), Mathilde ter Heijne (NL), William Speakman i.s.m. Gijs Frieling (NL), Daniel Roth (DE), Rob Voerman (NL), Zilvinas Landzbergas (LT) en Lucas Lenglet (NL). The eight, literary work by writer Arnon Grunberg was also presented on the 11th.

Barricade (2009) by Fernando Sánchez Castillo


Anonimous monuments (2009) by Daniel Roth

Wood Chapel (2009) by William Speakman

SOURCE: WEST 8

Ball State Day at the Indiana State Fair

This year, the Ball State Backyard will have a new, fresh design. Located in the Ball State Ag/Hort Building and hosted by 16 student ambassadors, the Backyard will feature the Digital Dome and a garden railroad. A 50-inch plasma screen will show five video stories that visitors can view, in addition to plasma screens in columns running slideshows of pictures of campus.

The Backyard was designed by landscape architecture faculty and students, when it debuted at the fair in 2004. Landscape architecture professors Malcolm Cairns, German Cruz, Cynthia McHone and Les Smith designed this year’s presentation of the Backyard.

Les Smith instructs and oversees the interdisciplinary Summer Semester Design/Build class and student set-up team, providing guidance in the design, construction and layout of the structures that compose the Backyard exhibit.

“The Department of Landscape Architecture is committed to conceiving, developing and promoting the practice of sustainable design principles by providing distinctive professional learning experiences to its undergraduate and graduate students,” Smith said.

“The Ball State Backyard demonstrates a number of sustainable-design techniques, such as use of recycled materials, use of renewable materials, simulation of pervious paving surfaces and enrichment of the environment and habitat through dense vegetation.”

SOURCE: Ball State University

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