#ReiventingCitiesCompetition; #CarbonNeutral; #Resilient; #UrbanDevelopmentProjects;
Italy, Jan 31 (Canadian-Media): A call had been issued to all architects, designers, urban planners, entrepreneurs, artists, environmentalists and innovators to enter the Reinventing Cities competition, media reports said.
Proposals from multidisciplinary teams of development experts and professionals, with their comprehensive plans, have been invited by nine cities – Cape Town, Chicago, Dubai, Madrid, Milan, Montreal, Singapore, Reykjavik, and Rome -- to reimagine 25 outdated, these cities' underused areas, into carbon-neutral, resilient urban development projects.
Reinventing Cities competition. Image credit: archleague.org
Due to the increasing urgency of the threat posed by the climate emergency, Reinventing Cities serve to accelerate the decarbonisation of cities around the world and create new, more sustainable models of urban development.
About half of C40 cities’ greenhouse gas emissions are caused by buildings which consume more than 30 percent of global resource for common construction materials like steel and concrete. Reinventing Cities channels call for the whole reimagining of how we build and structure communities with their innovation and creativity of businesses and individuals to illustrate the promise of cleaner, smarter development.
Inspiring projects and proposals that will fundamentally change the way people live and work were generated in the first Reinventing Cities competition, launched in 2017.
The largest wooden building in Iceland, the first zero carbon community in Paris, the largest urban solar farm in Texas, and the first zero-carbon social-housing project in Italy were the winning proposals.
#StolenLimestoneSculptureRecovered; #Kabul #NationalMuseumOfAfghanistan; #BritishMuseum
London (England), Jan 24 (Canadian-Media): Recovery of a limestone sculpture stolen from the National Museum of Afghanistan some 30 years ago at a London auction house will be on display at the British Museum before it is returned to Kabul, media reports said.
Limestone sculpture. Image credit: Facebook Page
Limestone statue, known as the Surkh Kotal Bull had been part of a second century A.D. ceremonial frieze in a temple at the site of Surkh Kotal, was excavated in northern Afghanistan in the 1950s and put on display at the museum.
It was spotted by the members of the Art Loss Register, while reviewing items, and offered it for sale.
In 2001, Taliban sledge-hammered the frieze along with about 75 percent of the museum’s artifacts. “It is the only one to be recovered,” said St. John Simpson of the British Museum. “All of the other limestone blocks—more than a dozen—are still missing.”