Hyde Park Plan Clears Hurdle

December 21, 2007,AEDT

The Tampa City Council voted 4-2 on Thursday to rezone the 20-year-old outdoor shopping complex for a $100 million makeover that includes condominium towers and stores. “This is the only true urban village in the city,” said Councilman Charlie Miranda, who also voted to approve the original village plans in | Read More

Balance ‘central’ to urban growth

December 21, 2007,AEDT

Striking a balance between human development, resource allocation and environmental protection amid rapid urbanization is a grim and unavoidable challenge facing the country, experts said Thursday. The unprecedented surge in urbanization has greatly improved the lives of city dwellers, but also resulted in pollution, widening income gaps, depleting resources and | Read More

Palo Alto Online : Stanford Med Center picks big-name architects

December 21, 2007,AEDT

Stanford University has brought in two top-tier New York City architecture firms to design the $1 billion-plus Medical Center expansions, spokeswoman Shelley Hebert said recently. Rafael Vinoly Architects will lead the Stanford Hospital project and Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF) has been selected for the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, Hebert said. | Read More

Get soul into the city, landscape chief urges

December 20, 2007,AEDT

Perth’s vast potential is being strangled by over-reliance on cars and poor use of public space resulting in bland, soulless suburbs, according to Australian Institute of Landscape Architects new WA president Greg Grabasch. Mr Grabasch said Perth, with its abundance of natural beauty, had the potential to be a world-class | Read More

West 8 Design Team Picked for Governors Island Park

December 20, 2007,AEDT

A team of five design companies was chosen today to design the transformation of Governors Island from an abandoned military base into a 90-acre open space at the heart of New York Harbor. The new parkland will include a two-mile promenade on the water’s edge, a 40-acre park occupying the | Read More

1,000-home Hawaii subdivision planned

December 19, 2007,AEDT

A California partnership is moving ahead with plans to develop a nearly 1,000-home subdivision in south-central Maui despite opposition from the County Department of Planning and some nearby residents. Ma’alaea Properties LLC recently filed a draft environmental impact statement for its estimated $400 million project called Ma’alaea Mauka proposed for | Read More

EFLA – Winter Newsletter No.18 Available

December 19, 2007,AEDT

The year is coming to an end. 2007 EFLA General Assembly took place at the end of October in Brussels – it certainly was one of the largest ever. EFLA ExCo decided to have the Seminar and General Assembly at MVillage, the new location for EFLA and IFLA’s joint office. | Read More

DEFRA consultation – Landscape Institute

December 19, 2007,AEDT

DEFRA is currently in consultation on the review of schedule 9 to the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and a ban on the sale of certain non-native species. Pages 12 to 23 and 27 to 31 are perhaps of most relevance to members and any views that you may have | Read More

Interesting piece on Daniel Libeskind’s latest building

December 19, 2007,AEDT

On this snowy Saturday morning in Toronto, I’m moving with the big press pack, up the dramatic staircase inside the Royal Ontario Museum’s Michael Lee-Chin Crystal. At the front, two men are carrying enormous sound booms, and they are leaning in to record the conversation between ROM director William Thorsell | Read More

Gray water recycling gains momentum: Is it safe?

December 19, 2007,AEDT

That’s why, especially in the midst of a drought, some Atlantans cringe at the thought of flushing it down the commode. “Putting drinking water down our toilets doesn’t make sense,” said Danny Feig-Sandoval. The Atlanta contractor is among a handful of Atlantans who have installed gray-water systems in their homes, | Read More

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