This Week in Landscape | 20 July 2014

A landscape architect in East Africa | Kate Street | NZILA
“There is such a strong satisfaction that comes from designing for someone’s basic needs. Designing for blind and deaf children adds a whole new dimension to the job at hand.”

Infrastructure and our way of life: lessons from the Atlanta BeltLine | Claire Nelischer | Spacing
An interview with Ryan Gravel, a senior urban designer with Perkins+Will who has helped to lead the design of the Atlanta BeltLine.

The Soil Pollution Crisis in China: A Cleanup Presents Daunting Challenge | He Guangwei | Yale e360
“China’s soil problem, he said, is not only one of pollution but also soil quality and erosion, and improving soil quality with increased organic matter and better pH levels is particularly urgent. ”

Tehran, the City of River Valleys, Needs a Landscape Ecological Approach to the Design and Planning of Its Waterways | Kaveh Samiei | Sustainable Cities Collective
“Based on the potentials and the restrictions of the landscape, the solutions for enhancing the ecological connectivity of urban natural public spaces are provided through the hierarchy of landscapes’ Environmental Equilibrium, Geographical-anthropological Sustainability and Eco-environmental-societal Excellence features.”

In Praise of Lurie Garden, Millennium Park’s Quiet Corner | Whet Moser | Chicago Mag
“How Chicago’s public gardens evolved from Burnham to Jensen to Ouldolf, and how they reflect the ambitions of our urbs in horto.”

Made in the Shade: Landscaping in the Shadow of the High Line | Terrie Brightman | Metropolis Magazine
“The High Line proved to be the main site challenge, as it occupies much of the visual landscape and creates areas of permanent shade—limiting the plant palette and the ability to establish a lush, viable landscape.”

Foster appointed director of Stuckeman School | PennState
“Kelleann Foster, a Penn State landscape architecture faculty member since 1989, has been appointed director of the Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, and associate dean of the College of Arts and Architecture at the University for a two-year term.”

Seven Designers vie for Flatiron Public Plaza Holiday Design Competition

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The Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership and Van Alen Institute recently announced the first-ever Flatiron Plaza Holiday Design Competition, in which top designers and architects will propose dynamic structures to be installed in front of the famed Flatiron Building for the 2014 winter holiday season.

The winning design will be unveiled in November—in the North Public Plaza at Broadway, Fifth Avenue and 23rd Street—and will remain on view through the holidays as part of the Partnership’s annual “23 Days of Flatiron Cheer” programming.

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Corals at Keppel Bay | Keppel Island, Singapore | ICN Design International

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Keppel Island was one of the small islets clustered around the harbour headlands. Leveled and redeveloped for berthage and dockside the original topography of the landform was lost to concrete wateredge structures and flat whartside space. Now the ships, the cranes and cargo have all gone. The sea breeze cools occasional joggers, fisherman and strolling couples, across the vacant open space, awaiting a new chapter in its history.

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The Bank Street Parklet Project | Adelaide Australia | Taylor Cullity Lethlean

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Parklets move down the grade of the street. Image Credit | Ben Wrigley

The Bank Street Parklet project is a significant development contributing to the laneway links of Adelaide recognised by Jan Gehl between the River Torrens / Adelaide Oval and Central Market/ Victoria Square precinct. With over 12,000 pedestrians a day and vibrant activity in the evenings and early mornings, the project dreamed of an innovative solution with new public amenities inherent of high urban design values. The design would be robust, durable, and flexible in its application to meet a difficult sloping topographic context. As a revitalised shared street it would unify a complex array of contradicting standards and approval guidelines.

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WLA is happy to announce Nemetschek Vectorworks as a new partner

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World Landscape Architecture is happy to announce Nemetschek Vectorworks, Inc. as a new partner and thank them for their support of World Landscape Architecture. Our partners make it possible for us to continue to publish great landscape architecture projects from across the world.

Nemetschek Vectorworks, Inc. is the developer of Vectorworks software, a line of industry-specific CAD and BIM solutions that allow designers to easily capture, develop and communicate their ideas with accuracy and efficiency. One of their products, Vectorworks Landmark, offers an intuitive interface that lets you create dynamic 2D/3D designs with intelligent site-specific objects. The suite of precision drawing tools is easy to use, meaning you’ll be laying out plans, elevations, sections, and detail drawings in no time. Plus, you can analyze pre- and post-development site conditions, incorporate landscape plans, estimate proposed materials and work, and help clients visualize ideas using built-in objects, powerful databases, and flexible documentation features.

World Landscape Architecture thanks Nemetschek Vectorworks, Inc for their support and look forward to our partnership.

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