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Expert speakers and panelists from 17 countries will address "Design for Environmental and Social Sustainability" at the Eighth International Conference on Concrete Block Paving - "Sustainable Paving for Our Future," November 6-8, 2006, at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco. The event, hosted by the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute (ICPI) Foundation for Education & Research, will focus on segmental concrete pavements and their ability to address total environmental design, including ecological, energy, safety, and visual design needs for the 21st century. The conference will emphasize sustainable pavement applications, low-impact development approaches, stormwater management with permeable interlocking pavements and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).

"Design for Environmental and Social Sustainability" will feature presentations on sustainable aspects of segmental concrete pavement, concrete paving blocks in the renewal of commercial streets, the preferential use of concrete block paving in residential streets, sustainable weed management on concrete block pavement and environmental friendly concrete pavement blocks.

The three-day technical program will feature also presentations on permeable interlocking concrete pavement, manufacturing, construction, performance of recycled materials, education and training, pavement management and performance, structural design, testing and verification, innovative paver designs and paver life-cycle performance. In addition to the technical paper sessions, the conference will include a one-day seminar for design professionals and a one-day workshop for civil engineering university professors.

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$15 million Donation Pedals Bike Trails Forward

The five downtown cultural districts connected by the Indianapolis Cultural Trail include: Fountain Square, Indiana Ave., Mass Ave., Canal & White River State Park and the Wholesale District. The Indianapolis Cultural Trail will also connect with the Monon Trail, allowing visitors easy access to Broad Ripple Village from downtown.

The Gene and Marilyn Glick Foundation's $15 million donation has geared up plans to connect the various districts and neighborhoods of downtown Indianapolis with bike trails and pedestrian paths. The donation represents 30 percent of the projected $50 million cost of what is called the Indianapolis Cultural Trail.

The city has plenty of concrete and asphalt, but that will be transformed into seven miles of more esthetically appealing and rideable hardscape. Six of the 7.5 miles of trails will take back a lane of traffic for itself, which the city fathers say is unprecedented for a U.S. urban center. The trails will also be landscaped with flowers and trees and feature public artwork. Construction on the first route begins in March 2007 and should finish in 2009.

The Indianapolis Cultural Trail is a public and private collaboration led by the Central Indiana Community Foundation, the city and several not-for-profit organizations. Monies are also coming from federal grants. Mayor Payne specifies that no money is coming from the city budget.

BIA Show 2007

The Brick Industry Association (BIA) will hold its Brick Show 2007 at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center in Orlando, Florida March 29-31. BIA's Brick Show is the only national tradeshow and conference for the clay brick industry. Exhibitors include some of the premier brick manufacturers in the U.S. and suppliers to the industry.

The event includes the Grand Opening Reception in the exhibit hall, tours (Kennedy Space Center and "Airboat Adventure"), a golf tournament and the Annual Banquet and Reception on closing night.

Educational sessions include: "Green Building Design," "Architect Panel" and "Homebuilder Panel."

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Euro vs. U.S. Hardscapes

Roger Lewis, an architect and a professor emeritus of architecture at the University of Maryland, recently wrote a piece in the Washington Post about the design and construction shortcomings of U.S. "horizontal urban surfaces," i.e., streets, sidewalks, parking lots, plazas, etc., compared to those of Europe.

He cites Washington, D.C.'s cheaply built exposed-aggregate crumbling concrete curbs and sidewalks cracked and heaved up by tree roots and cycles of freezing and thawing. He bemoans the National Mall lawns that abut walkways cheaply built with exposed-aggregate concrete, instead of granite, with no attempt to create "visually distinct seams or edges that materially define the transition."

By contrast, he says: "... ground planes in European city centers are thoughtfully designed, well constructed and continuously maintained. ... Europe's urban streetscapes and civic spaces are almost always artful compositions. Underfoot are durable paving materials arranged in meaningful patterns that articulate patterns of use and movement. Pathways and their edges--streets and sidewalks, bike lanes, crosswalks, alleys and narrow passages, medians and transit stops--are demarcated by visible changes in paving. Europeans do not rely only on reflective white paint."

He notes further that borders around and within public squares, courtyards and plazas are "typically delineated with pavers of differing materials, shapes and colors. Contrasting pavers are further used to produce geometric patterns, which may be purely decorative. But they also can mark and differentiate functional zones, accentuating elements within civic spaces – fountains and pools, trees, light poles, sculptures, columns, pavilions and pergolas, or even rainwater drains."

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