HNTB & MVVA win ARC Wildlife Crossing Competition


Announced in Washington DC at the Transportation Research Board’s Annual Conference on January 23rd, 2011, the ARC jury of internationally-respected professionals with expertise in design, ecology, and engineering selected the team led by HNTB with Michael Van Valkenburgh & Associates (New York) as the winner of the ARC International Design Competition.

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Speck: Cars are a greater risk than crime to pedestrians

Jeff Speck of Speck Associates recently gave a presentation at the University Park Alliance as apart of the Urban Innovators Speakers series. Speck  stated that “Most American cities have been shaped around the automobile” and “Cars are a greater risk than crime” to pedestrians. He also spoke about the need to create thriving cities and that cities need to be designed for people.

Read more at [Ohio.com]

Adriaan Geuze: ‘Parks are like poetry and music’

Adriaan Geuze, founding partner of WEST 8 was recently interviewed in 60 seconds by Wall Street Journal. Adriaan talks about European and American landscapes and gives some interesting insights into his personal life and landscape architecture. The insight I like most in the interview is

Parks are like poetry and music. They basically have no reason to exist—that is also what is so special about them. They are places where you can dream about a non-realistic, non-time-related world.

Read more at the Wall Street Journal – On the Cutting Hedge: Design firm West 8 brings a modern sensibility to urban landscapes.

Hume: local food — it’s an urban design issue

Food Security, Urban Farms and Rooftop Agriculture are all topics that becoming more prevalent in people conversations about the landscape and urban design.  Gord Hume, an former councilor and author of Cultural Planning for Creative Communities recently gave a keynote speech where he stated

“Local government has to make the provisions for local food — it’s an urban design issue,”

Gord also went on to speak about Urban Food Terminals and Food as a tourism drawcard.

Read more at [Leamington Post]

Chicago Rarities hoping for an Urban Orchard at Logan Square

Chicago Rarities Orchard Project is a non-profit organization founded to establish community rare-fruit orchards in Chicago. There current project is Logan Square an abandoned lot that Chicao Rarities hopes to turn into a community orchard and plaza. Currently they are working with the City of Chicago and Altamanu planning + landscape architecture + urban design on developing the plan for the orchard.

Read more at Chicago Rarities Orchard Project

Spotted at Huffington Post

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