Rethinking Urban Renewal

The Dirt / American Society of Landscape Architects
November 23, 2011

Landscape architects were implicated in misguided urban renewal schemes, said Thaisa Way, PhD, ASLA, Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture, University of Washington at The Second Wave of Modernism II: Landscape Complexity and Transformation, a day-long conference organized by the Cultural Landscape Foundation at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City. Before Jane Jacobs and the many urban activists she inspired by her put a stop to the most egregious errors, habitats and landscape were destroyed, leading to the mass alienation of urban residents. Renewal was a horror, but then again, “people love the view of the Coliseum” in Rome (which really was one of the original urban renewal projects). More … 

Deadline: BC Building Code Public Review

This is a reminder that the review period for proposed changes tot the 2012 BC Building Code ends on Friday, December 16. The province’s Building & Safety Standards Branch, Office of Housing and Construction Standards has invited construction and development industry members as well as the public to comment on the proposed changes as well as several conceptual issues related to the industry. You are also invited your take part in policy discussion concerning Balancing Energy Efficiency and Housing Affordability; the Application of the BC Building Code to Existing Building; and Proposals for a Modern Building Regulatory System. To do so, access the online survey at http://www.housing.gov.bc.ca/building/bcbcsurvey/index.htm.