This weeks round-up of landscape news and views from around the web
Fresh Kills Park | Flickr User Kristine Paulus
Big City Conservation: New York City’s Hidden Biodiversity | Molly Marquand | Ecology.com
“Where every great city stands today, a natural ecosystem once thrived. London was built on a floodplain of the River Thames; New York was set up on great tracts of oak woodland; and Tokyo, the most populous metropolis in the world, once supported a lush and verdant subtropical forest.”
Vietnam memorial designer says the Earth has lessons to teach us | John Conti | Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Lin perhaps summed up her work best herself when she quoted a prayer attributed to the Chinook Indians of the Northwest: “We call upon the Earth to teach us and show us the way.”
When Designing Space Moves Outside | Jane Parkins | Architecture Source
Due to its incredible benefits, both physical and mental, the connection between interior and exterior architecture has increased in popularity.
Urban areas need better planning | Elly Burhaini Faizal | Jakarta Post
Poor urban planning and over population have become the main challenges for city administrations in their efforts to minimize fatalities in times of disasters, officials and experts have said.
REWRITING A CITY IN NATURE | Diana Balmori | Urban Design Review
“Our understanding of nature has changed radically. Our ideas about urbanism must catch up. By rewriting the city (a semantic departure from “planning”), we will jar the public to this major scientific and philosophical shift in the interaction of nature and the city.”
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Lagoon fountain show from restaurant terraces at night
Green Lake City is a destination mixed-use development in the rapidly growing western district of Jakarta. The master plan makes use of the existing water management constraints to create a central lagoon that connects to the surrounding community and provides a unique waterfront entertainment zone for the retail and commercial components, as well as the residential towers and terraced garden flats.
The Development has been planned in three successive phases. The Lagoon and Canal water features act aesthetically as a central amenity for the new development but also serve functionally by retaining and managing water for the district.
Continue reading Green Lake City | Jakarta Indonesia | Forrec
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The monorail project in Jakarta was abandoned by the developer in 2008 due to legal and financial difficulties, but now the Jakarta Post reports that the project is to be revived.
The Jakarta Post article reports
The project, along with a new mass rapid transit (MRT) system and the revitalization of existing railways, is expected to help solve worsening traffic problems in the capital, Dedy S. Priatna, deputy of infrastructure at the National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas), told reporters Wednesday.
“This March there should be a decision whether [the Jakarta administration] should pay the money [for the initial construction] to Jakarta Monorail. The updated plan to build the monorail should be completed in August,” he said.
“It should be finished by 2015 or 2016,” he added.
Read more at the [SOURCE: Jakarta Post - Abandoned monorail plan to be revived]
During the Convention for Biological Diversity being held in Jakarta from November 30 to December 2, representatives from about 200 companies worldwide in mining, fisheries, construction, forestry, tourism and cosmetics business released a draft charter called the Jakarta Charter which will requires companies to integrate biodiversity into their business strategies to reduce poverty and increase sustainable development.
Jakarta Post cited Ahmed Djoghlaf, executive secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) as saying
“The Jakarta Charter will be open for signatures to all companies in the world that adhere to its principle,”…..
He said the Jakarta Charter on Business and Biodiversity would be submitted for adoption at the convention’s meeting in Japan in Oct 2010.
Executive director of the ASEAN Center for Biodiversity, Rodrigo Fuentes, told reporters that biodiversity loss was a forgotten crisis in the region that received little attention in the media.
read more at the SOURCE: Jakarta Post
Also read more at the Convention for Biological Diversity
Bangkok Post reports
Jakarta, Manila, Vientiane and Bangkok have agreed to move towards becoming green cities and join forces to fight climate change.
Representatives from the four cities have also adopted the draft founding declaration of the “Cool Asean, Green Capitals Initiative” aimed at improving the urban landscape of Southeast Asia’s major cities to cope with the impact of climate change.
Bangkok Post – 4 Asean capitals join forces to turn ‘green’