LIBRARY Readers ALERT no. 115

LIBRARY Readers ALERT: A Semi-monthly Service for Students
no. 115 (4 March 2009)


1. “FirstPerson: In Bogotá, the people’s politician,”
Parks & Recreation vol. 43, no. 11 (November 2008): p. 69-71.

Enrique Peñalosa is a visionary politician in Bogotá, Colombia. During his three-year tenure as mayor of Bogotá from 1998-2001, he transformed a city overrun by crimes and pollution to a city of parks, bicycle paths, schools and libraries, enjoyed by all its citizens. Public pedestrian space, Peñalosa believes, can promote social equity and reduce human conflicts in poor communities.

More on Peñalosa

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2. Taylor, Robin. “Green roofs turn cities upside down,”
Ecos no. 143 (June/July 2008): p. 18-21.

Japan is the leader in green roof technology in Asia. The Roppongi Hills roof garden in Tokyo, for instance, includes a rice paddy that produces 60 kg of rice a year. It also has an organic vegetable plot, a breeding colony of frogs and a barbecue area for corporate functions. Green roofs are designed to replace vegetation lost on the ground, and provide a host of energy, water management and aesthetic benefits to counter the effects of global warming.

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Destruction or reconstruction?
(DS796.H74 K462 2008-03)

This episode of the Hong Kong Connection reviews the attempts the H15 Concern Group made to preserve buildings in Lee Tung Street, Wanchai. You will hear views from different parties including the Wanchai residents, the Urban Renewal Authority, academics and a former Town Planning Board member.

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Shibam Urban Development Project

No one knows for sure when the ancient city of Shibam, Yemen, was constructed, but experts date one of its mosques to around 800 AD. Over the years, Shibam fell into ruins and most of its inhabitants left. The Shibam Urban Development Project, which started in 2000, successfully rehabilitated the city. The project not only emphasizes the physical preservation of the site, but also aims at creating a vibrant community with sustainable social and economic infrastructure. It won the 2007 Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 2007.

Enjoy the lavish photos and buckle up for an interactive 3D flight.

Related links:
The genius of vernacular Yemeni architecture

Yemen chronicle : an anthropology of war and mediation / Steven C. Caton

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