On May 4, Greensburg, Kansas, population 1,500, was smashed by a tornado. Celebrity Leonardo DiCaprio saw the destruction and decided to help Greensburg rebuild their into an "Eco-town." DiCaprio pitched the idea to Discovery and the company decided to join with him to make the rebuilding into a 13-part series for Discovery’s new Planet Green channel. The series will be called "Eco-town," and it will document Greensburg becoming a "sustainable model of eco-living and one that will save it from future environmental catastrophe."
DiCaprio plans to executive produce the series through his company Appian Way, with the additional help of Craig Piligiann and Discovery Planet Green. They anticipate working closely with the governor of Kansas and Greensburg to put resources into the rebuilding and make a genuine difference. I think it’s an excellent idea and can’t wait to watch and learn from the effort. Via NY Times.
To get an idea of the damage to this town, check the photos below the fold. It’s unbelievable the damage nature can do.
Soon, London is going to welcome another interesting object to the city’s skyline. If you’re familiar with 30 St Mary Axe, you know what I’m talking about. Now, developer Land Securities will get the opportunity to construct a new, 37-story, Rafael Viñoly-designed building that commentators affectionately call the "Walkie-Talkie" Tower. City councillors were split on whether to approve the scheme, but ultimately it received a 12-8 vote for approval. Some councillors were worried about its location and the asymmetrical impact to London’s skyline. Another councillor said the building design is "striking, remarkable and [an] exciting standalone building." To be located at 20 Fenchurch Street, Land Securities thinks the building is necessary to meet the market’s demand for efficient large floor plates.
Like most towers being designed these days, this one will also include sustainable design. One notable green feature is the roof garden and park. The sky garden will be open to the public on the weekends, making it the highest accessible park in London. Also, there will be a cafe and restaurant on the park level. Via BD Online.
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