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A lecture by Robert Skidelsky on Keynes (gosh he is so sharp at the age of 79) prompts thought of eco-economics, which he mentioned as one answer to the post-2008 slump critique of mainstream economics. Maynard Keynes of course had

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Listed London landscape destroyed

In the 1960s part of the London County Council’s Holland Park was given over to the new Commonwealth Institute. Designed by RMJM the new building was remarkable for its hyperbolic paraboloid roof. It was described as a tent in a

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Beijing tackles air pollution by shifting the muck around.

Beijing is planning a network of “ventilation corridors” to promote air flow and blow smpg away. Five main corridors will be 800 m wide and minor ones will be 80 m wide according to Wang Fei, deputy head of Beijing’s

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Ancient and veteran oaks and natural capital

There are more veteran and ancient oaks in England than the rest of Europe. Currently 115 ancient oaks are recorded in England and only 97 elsewhere in Europe (including Ireland, Scotland and Wales). An ancient oak has  a girth of

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Urban population statistics

Demographia have an  interesting website. which is an annual world-wide listing of urban areas by Largest Urban Areas in the World, Urban Areas by Geography (Including Selected under 500,000 Population), Urban Areas by Land Area (Urban Footprint) 84 Urban Areas by Urban

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Pro bono publico landscape architecture

May I underline Tom’s page on pro bono landscape architecture by referring to the example of the American Bar Association whose ethical rules require members to contribute 50 hours of pro bono work each year, to quote their website: ”

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No till farming and conservation tillage

No tillage means avoiding ploughing and the consequent disruption of soil structure, increased run-off and soil erosion. It raises albedo and retains soil water. No till farming involves direct drilling of seed without disturbing the soil, at small scale it

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Ruderal planting at the Tate Modern art gallery

This year’s installation at the Tate Modern is an exercise in geometric natural regeneration. 23 tonnes of soil fill 240 triangular planters made of rough timber on a support of scaffolding poles. The triangles reduce in number to form a

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Beckenham Place Park development

A 96 hectare, well wooded, park on the southern boundary of Lewisham Council, Beckenham Place was a country house and park for the Cator family in the eighteenth century. The house was built by Sir John Cator c. 1773 and

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London Housing Crisis

Costs of London rents and freehold properties are rising beyond ordinary workers’ means (to £474,544 in June 2015 (i)). People are having to travel from outside the Greenbelt at great expense. The Mayor’s draft Housing Policy (2014) forecast a need

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