The Chiswick chain saw massacre?

Dare to apply for permission to fell a tree and you can stir up the most passionate of responses. Dare to apply to fell more than 300 in a Grade I-listed historic public park and you have a full-scale battle on your hands.

Such is the case in the leafy environs of Chiswick House, in west London, where the trees in question are due to be cut down as part of a large-scale restoration project that could be given the go-ahead by Hounslow council’s planning committee tomorrow.

The Chiswick chain saw massacre? – Times Online.

Museum to focus on issues of the era

The American Revolution Center’s planned museum will serve as a critical link among Pennsylvania’s Revolutionary War sites, organizers say. When it opens in 2011, it also will serve as a model of green construction and environmental sensitivity.

The three-level museum will be built into a hillside on 78 acres near the north bank of the Schuylkill River. The land on which it will sit is within the boundaries of Valley Forge National Historical Park but will remain privately owned.

Museum to focus on issues of the era. Pittsburgh Post Gazette

One man envisions downtown entry

About a year ago, Kent Mendenhall, a former Pittsburg resident, walked into Pittsburg City Manager Allen Gill’s office.

After some discussion, Mendenhall left Gill with detailed drawings of what an entryway to downtown Pittsburg could look like.

“It was amazing,” Gill said. “He just walked in, unsolicited, left us some drawings to look at and possible plans. What’s impressive is that those plans are on-line with what has been talked about in many different committees about what to do for a north entryway.”

One man envisions downtown entry | The Morning Sun.

Global warming pact set for 2009 after US backs down

World climate negotiators set a 2009 deadline Saturday for a landmark treaty to fight global warming after two weeks of intense haggling led to a climbdown by an isolated United States.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, who flew to the Indonesian island of Bali for a late appeal for flexibility, praised the deal as a “pivotal first step” to confront climate change, “the defining challenge of our time.”

Following gruelling all-night talks, the conference of 190 nations finally launched a process to negotiate a new treaty for when the UN Kyoto Protocol’s commitments expire in 2012.

AFP: Global warming pact set for 2009 after US backs down.

‘People Need Beauty’: Architect Oscar Niemeyer Turns 100

Oscar Niemeyer, the last surviving founder of architecture’s Modernist movement, turns 100 on Saturday. The grandfather of Brazilian architecture is a living legend, and plans to remain so for a while.

‘People Need Beauty’: Architect Oscar Niemeyer Turns 100 – International – SPIEGEL ONLINE – News.

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