Urban greening projects get green light

China Daily

Three remaining greening projects for three areas in Hong Kong Island will begin soon and, given expectations, be completed in the middle of 2011. Together with other ongoing and completed projects, these mark the completion of the Greening Master Plan Initiative for urban areas.

The three areas to be started now, in addition to another four in Kowloon that commenced in late August and early September this year belong to the third phase of the plan, said Kam Chak-wing, deputy head of the Civil Engineering Office.

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New temporary urban space by SLA for the COP15 arrival area

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When thousands of COP15 delegates arrive at the climate summit in the Bella Center, they will not be bored in the queue. SLA has staged the arrival area with a temporary urban space that provides food for thought.

With the project White Balance it is SLA’s intention to put focus on the factors in our cities related to the climate issues pivotal to COP15.

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SURFACES

Bright surfaces reflect the sunlight, thus restricting the city’s overheating and CO2 imprint. The reflection also means that you can reduce the energy used by the street lighting. To draw attention to this, the surface of the arrival area is replaced with a giant circle of white limestone.

The limestone also tells another story: Rainwater that is acidified by the CO2-levels in the atmosphere is neutralized by the limestone. The circle will slowly disappear as long as there is an unnatural level of CO2 in the rainwater.

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BIOMASS

Trees and plants absorb water and CO2. They increase evaporation, provide shade and shelter, creating a comfortable microclimate – all things that will reduce the impact of the CO2 emission. The trees in the arrival area are a reminder of these beneficial effects. The nature will in future cities be integrated in everything we do, if they are to be sustainable.

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WATER

The changing climate’s violent rainfalls coupled with the cities’ sealed surfaces often result in flooding. One solution is to use local seepage and establish delay pools, that also are beautiful and recreational oases in the cities. The arrival area contains 3 water mirrors, each with its own theme. One water mirror contains lime, and a slight bluish tone is visible similarly to the sea below famed Moens Cliff in Denmark. Another water mirror contains bio waste, which slowly will decompose – nature’s way of recycling its own resources. A third is surrounded by water jets, emitting a water cloud every two minutes. During COP15 the pulse daily consumes the same volume of clean water as used by the average Dane.

Stig L. Andersson: The city is an ecosystem where each part is interdependent. Nature and city are not opposites, but merely different systems, that as a whole must be in balance. COP15 will affect the possibility for a future balance between human urbanization and Earths ressources. The arrival area at COP15 will hopefully inspire to this thinking.

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SOURCE: SLA
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Malaysian designers told to return to rain forest and cultural roots

The Star.com.my reports

A prominent landscape designer urged Malaysian designers to put natural beauty and art back into its garden designs and return to her tropical forest roots.

Made Wijaya, a landscape designer, said local designers should look towards the rich local culture like those in Kelantan and Terengganu for inspiration.

SOURCE: The Star.com.my Get out of ‘boxy’ look, says famous Indonesian designer

Sustainable Sites Guidelines & Benchmarks – Launched

As WLA reported recently – today is the launch of Guidelines &  Performance Benchmarks of the Sustainable Sites Initiative. You can download the 233 page report from the Sustainable Sites website.

Today is also the opening of the Call for Pilot Projects to test various aspects of the Sustainable Sites Initiative Rating System using a cross-section of project types, sizes and geographic locations throughout the design, construction and maintenance stages. Feedback from the pilot projects will be used to revise the final rating system and inform the technical reference manual.

Projects outside the USA will be considered but additional documentation will be required in relation to regulations and systems. The Pilot Program does not have an application fee, however fees during the pilot project will range between$500 to $5000.

For more information go to Sustainable Sites Pilot Program.

SOURCE: Sustainable Sites

World Landscape Architect is not involved with Sustainable Sites all information requests and enquiries should go to the Sustainable Sites website

http://www.sustainablesites.org/report/

Need for green farming schemes in England

Natural England has published a report titled “Agri-environment schemes in England 2009: A review of results and effectiveness”, the report draws on research from the entire 22-year history of the schemes and analyses the impact they have made on England’s farmed environment.

Poul Christensen, Acting Chairman of Natural England, said: “This report provides conclusive proof that agri-environment schemes have again and again demonstrated their value as a fundamental part of the farmed landscape. They have successfully combined the twin goals of caring for the environment and maintaining food production. As well as sustaining our wildlife and heritage, they help combat climate change, educate our children, and deliver local investment and jobs.

To view the full report and summary please visit www.naturalengland.org.uk/ourwork/farming/funding/aesiereport.aspx

SOURCE: Natural England

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