Archive for September, 2010

GREENinc’s September Newsletter

The GREENinc facebook page is crammed with stuff this month.

There’s news of two of our projects, the June 16th and Sharpeville Memorials. There are book reviews. There are several video downloads. Are you living as if your mother-in-law were the only woman in your life? Find out on the presentation by Jaime Lerner. There are a couple of posts on the our Emmarentia Environmental Education Centre project, which got an Urban Green File inspiration award. There’s an amazing green-roofed school. There are photos of arbitrary things that have intrigued or amused Anton on his rounds. There’s a light that powers itself from wind or sun power. There is an artist who aims to capture the mystery of natural processes. There is news of the Architect Africa Film Festival. And there are lots of other links, some of them to news sites that feature our projects, which we especially like of course. Here are a couple – check out Freedom Park on the urbarama site and the Fairlands Office project on World Architecture News.

What do think of this new newsletter format? Maybe you haven’t been able to access any of the stuff I’ve been writing about because of some kind of information suppression, so I’m still going to put links in. And you can comment on it more easily. Let us know!

Arbour Week 2010 Launched at GREENinc’s Orange Farm Park

I attended the launch of Arbour Week 2010 this morning at the Orange Farm Regional Park. Arbour Week has grown out of Arbour Day (ha ha) and this year’s theme is “Plant for the Planet – Grow Green”. A worthy sentiment. Arbour Week is promoted by the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries which has partnered with our client Joburg City Parks in tree planting intitiatives.

There were many compliments for the park but actually, to tell the truth, it was almost invisible, transformed into an marquee city. Even the olive tree at the entrance to the park found itself squeezed into a marquee! The minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries was to address the crowds (and crowds there were), but couldn’t make it today so her acting DG Mr Peter Thabethe did so instead. No matter, he did a good job, and so did our mayor. The speeches focused on global warming and value of planting trees to mitigate it and they were interspersed with some cultural entertainment, the perfomers including the Soweto Gospel Choir. The whole event was brilliantly MCed by PR Councillor for the Environment, Ms Salphina Mulauzi.

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