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Links for June 8th from 12:16 to 17:27

by Mel Starrs on June 15, 2010

in News

These are my links for June 8th from 12:16 to 17:27:

  • American Society of Landscape Architects – Content Details – Incredible list of resources: "Economic Models focuses on economic sustainability, which involves the development of a healthy economy that supports and sustains people and the environment over the long-term. In a market-driven economy, cost is a deciding factor in determining whether a project moves forward. To be sustainable, projects must not only provide environmental and social benefits, but also provide economic value. Ecosytem service models can also be used to quantify the inherent economic value of services nature already provides for free.<br />
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    The toolkit is arranged from macro- to micro-scales, beginning with sustainable regional planning, and moving to sustainable cities & communities planning, sustainable neighborhood planning, and, then finally, site-specific tools related to sustainable landscapes and green buildings."
  • et – Full Story – Scariest taxi ride of my life was in Cairo. This is an ambitious scheme – to be lauded: "In a city where an efficient metro system is regularly disregarded because of its social stigma, as are the more chaotic microbus and bus services, and where cycling in rush hour traffic is tantamount to suicide, the concept of Downtown Cairo without cars is unfathomable to many residents. Environmentalists are excited about the project, which they say will serve as a poignant reminder of the negative impact cars have on the environment."
  • Biomass: Boon or Bugaboo? – Good article summarising some critcisms of biomass. US bias.
  • Does high density development make travel more sustainable? | Sustainable Cities | CABE – ? "Concentrating growth in urban centres damages economic growth and quality of life…. Because travel takes longer it costs more. People travel shorter distances and the economy suffers.<br />
    By contrast, in lower density places where travel is easy, people have better access to a wider selection of jobs, homes, shops and services. Businesses have a larger market area for their goods – there’s more competition, lower prices and greater prosperity.<br />
    If we want to build successful, prosperous places, we have to let people live where they want. We should stop forcing people into flats built on brownfield land – in places where people don’t actually want to live and where there is little economic growth. Take…the south of England for example – employment is growing in the west and south whereas new homes are being built to the east in places such as the Thames Gateway. Instead, we should promote low density, dispersed development where there is a quick, efficient flow of goods and people."