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Germany tops the sustainability awards again

Germany tops the sustainability awards again

Arkadien Widdenden is an ambitious industrial regeneration project outside Stuttgart in Germany. Awarded the most sustainable neighbourhood by GreenDotAwards it still retains a village like atmosphere whilst maximising occupancy . Schools are within a ten minute walk and town centre is only a five minute walk away. Recycled products were used extensively alongside non-toxic, environmentally … Continue reading

Palmstead Workshop 2012 & Eelco Hooftman

Palmstead Workshop 2012 & Eelco Hooftman

I was so impressed with the Palmstead Workshop I attended last week, I couldn’t fit it all in one post! Whilst I was inspired and entertained by the talks given by renowned designers Sarah Eberle and James Alexander-Sinclair, as a fellow landscape architect, my favourite speaker of the day was Eelco Hooftman ex. Gross Max. … Continue reading

Fool’s Gold or is it ?

Fool’s Gold or is it ?

At first glimpse I couldn’t see any difference – it appeared to be just a natural desert landscape, but on closer inspection, you can see that certain rocks and pebbles have been coated in goldleaf! This is such a subtle intervention in the landscape which is a direct commentary on our decadent, transient  lifestyle compared … Continue reading

Green Corridor for Rotterdam

Green Corridor for Rotterdam

As landscape architects we’ve been preoccupied by the concept of green corridors and how to create them across our urban fabric. London is desperately trying to re-engage with nature in The Landscape Institute’s design competition for it’s very own High Line, and now The Netherlands are keen to revitalise Rotterdam with a strategy for urban … Continue reading

India’s Solar Powered Future

India’s Solar Powered Future

As India’s economy has been growing exponentially, I have been waiting for them to catch on to the possibility of their greatest resource, sunshine! Now photovoltaic units have substantially decreased in cost due to China’s manufacturing, and with their investment, they could soon become the world’s leaders in this field. With only approximately 1,000 megawatts … Continue reading

Green Walls Rule

Green Walls Rule

Apparently, Green Walls are now officially called Living Walls and green roofs are living roofs. That’s one of the many things I learnt earlier this week when I attended a Living Wall Workshop conducted by the people of Tree Box, a specialist company based in London. The main difference in their system compared to others seems … Continue reading

What the Frack!

What the Frack!

We’re all well aware by now that the end of the world is nigh (well, maybe) and folks seem to be taking their places for the big showdown. Short-sighted governments and corporations would rather make a quick buck than seriously invest in alternative, sustainable energy solutions such as was  posited by Nikola Tesla a hundred … Continue reading

Greening the Sahara with Ancient Terra Preta Technology

Greening the Sahara with Ancient Terra Preta Technology

Between 9000 and 4000 BC the arid Sahara was actually covered with savannas and forests, and was perfect grazing land with regular rainfall but due to climate change and possibly overgrazing, it became the world’s largest desert. As the pressure increases to Feed 9 Billion, and we see our own climate changing, we need to … Continue reading

UK Disincentives Onshore Wind Farms

UK Disincentives Onshore Wind Farms

The Liberal Democrats had a small but significant victory over the Tories this week in getting them to retract their proposals to slash the funding for onshore windfarms. The Treasury, originally planned a 25% decrease in the £400 million per year of state subsides, yet,  in the face on increasing opposition, Liberal Democrat Energy Secretary, Ed … Continue reading

Is the Freak Weather a Sign of The End Times?

Is the Freak Weather a Sign of The End Times?

As we trundle towards our inevitable oblivion at the end of the Mayan Calendar on 21st December 2012, could the global freak weather conditions be heralding our demise? Britain was suffering from the wettest summer ever, although we’ve been given a reprise for the imminent Olympics, whilst the US has been hit with unprecedented heat … Continue reading