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October 2018

Editor’s pickFinding the voice of Murray River –designing the Cobram Library and Learning Centre

15-10-2018
Cobram Library, CohenLeigh Architects, Australia, Cobram

The Murray River and its surrounding landscape must have a special place in the hearts of the residents living in Cobram, Australia. When plans were drawn to construct the Cobram Library and Learning Centre several years ago, it was decided that the local community must be involved. From the start, community stakeholders had an active hand in …

Editor’s pickAmazon makes first major investment in prefabricated housing

15-10-2018
Amazon, Alexa fund, prefabricated housing start-up, integrated smart solutions, Plant Prefab

As Amazon announced their investment in a prefabricated housing start-up, factory-built homes may just become the next voice-controlled, super-efficient must-have in the future. Cheaper and quicker to build than traditional housing, modular homes are viewed as a solution to housing shortage.  To top it off, Amazon seems keen to ensure the …

Montana State University faculty awarded $1 million grant to research tree chemistry in bark beetle battle

15-10-2018
Montana State University faculty, bark beetle infestation, pine forests, Amy Trowbridge, drought conditions

BOZEMAN - As bark beetles continue to devour sickly pine forests, a Montana State University plant physiologist and ecologist wants to better understand how trees are able to defend themselves amidst a warming climate, drought conditions and hungry insects. Amy Trowbridge, assistant professor in the Department of Land Resources and Environmental …

Editor’s pickThe Heart in Ikast

12-10-2018
‘Hjertet’ (the Heart), C.F. Møller Architects, Vestergade, Denmark

C.F. Møller Architects is behind this project next to the International School Ikast-Brande with a much-awaited expansion which includes several halls, multi-functional and educational facilities. The project enhances the educational facilities at the school, and creates a new meeting point in Ikast, an area of fast growth in Vestergade, …

Indonesia improving FLEGT licensing procedures

12-10-2018
Indonesia, FLEGT licensing procedures

Indonesia has taken several measures in recent months to improve procedures relating to FLEGT licences — the export licences that attest to the legality of EU-bound timber and timber products. The changes are part of a process of continuous improvement that is jointly overseen by the EU and Indonesia, and which is providing important …