Syracuse University spurring revitalisation through Urban Intervention

The Toshiko Mori designed Syracuse Center of Excellence recently opened with its ramped green roof and ecological architecture that may give it a Platinum LEED Rating. Stephen Zacks a reporter at Metropolis Magazine looks into the new building and the role of Mark Robbins and his “opportunistic urbanism” in revitalising the struggling rust belt city of Syracuse.

It’s all excellent as ecological architecture, but it would be perfectly ordinary as urbanism if it were an isolated project. What’s exceptional is the extent to which the building anchors a larger vision for the city and the neighborhood, as put forth by Robbins, who led the architect-selection process.

Read more at Urban Intervention – Stephen Zacks at Metropolis Magazine

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Students plan West Campus – Yale News

Two landscape management courses (Ecological Urbanism and Management Plans for Protected Areas) in the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies are developing plans this semester to make West Campus — Yale’s burgeoning site in West Haven for science research and the arts — more integrated with the natural lands surrounding it.

Public get chance to see £10m public realm plans – [Manchester Confidential]
Greengate is a major regeneration scheme on the edge of Manchester city centre, which will see 13 hectares of derelict brownfield land turned into a major mixed-use development, including new public realm. The public are invited to view the plans at The Premier Inn, Deansgate on Wednesday 24th November. There will be a staffed exhibition stand between 7am – 10am, 12pm – 2pm and between 5pm – 7pm, for questions from the public.
We will try and get plans and post them to World Landscape Architect

Guerrilla Urban Planning Meets Resistance – India RealTime Blog on Wall Street Journal
WSJ looks at the what occurs when 35 architects, planners and artists called Urban Typhoon try to get residents involved in changing their neighborhoods.  Article also includes a video.

Planning expert tells Aussies to slum it [ABC News]
As we reported yesterday the City of the Future: Australian & US Perspectives conference is being held in Brisbane and in follow up reports in the news John Norquist, the president of the United States Congress for New Urbanism was reported as “Mr Norquist points to Rio’s favalas as examples of functional communities and says the informal arrangements made in slums are a good model for how councils can improve zoning laws.”

Beijing initiates pilot public bike rental service project

The city reknowned world wide for its bicycles and images over the decades of people riding bikes is launching a public bike rental scheme – Shanghai, Hangzhou and other chinese cities already have schemes in place. Four areas will be used as a trial and 273 outlets will be built and stationed near Line 4 & 5 Subway stations.

New Book: GSD Platform 3 - Available Now from Actar or  December 1, 2010 through Amazon $34.95USD
is a selection of work produced during the 2009-2010 academic year of the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and the potential of that work to address broader questions and inform global initiatives.

Exhibition: GSD Platform 3
GSD Platform 3 is also an  Exhibition is being held at Gund Hall Lobby from November 1 – December 19, 2010

Event: Lewis Lapham – What Makes a City Great – Central Library Kansas City 6:30pm  [via Kansas Star]

New Yorkers to choose Taxi of Tomorrow [NYC.gov]
Personally I would go with the Ford Transit. Similar vehicle to the 4000 VW Touran taxis that were introduced for  Shanghai for Expo 2010.

Other Links

At least $132 million coming to coast to rebuild Katrina-damaged homes [gulflive.com]

Moscow mayor calls his city’s planning “a collection of faults” [Xinhua]

Futuristic Solar Skyscraper Wins the Taiwan Tower Competition – [Inhabitat]

The American Institute of Architects, California Council, Announces Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, as the 2011 Firm Award Recipient

Huangshan to Build Cultural Tourism Complex – [Anhui News]
$597 millionUSD investment in 180 hectares – 26 projects

Stirring the Basin – [ABC]
Australian farmer talks about the Murray-Darling Basin plan and water in Australia

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Can We Ditch Our Cars and Embrace High-Speed Rail? – [LAist.com]
LAist blog looks at the work of Roger Sherman co-director cityLAB in relation to High Speed Rail (HSR) and the planned billions to be spent across on HSR across USA.

Downsizing the American Dream: The shrinking house [USAToday]
A look at how the size of the median USA home has dropped in 200 square feet since 2007

Look to Vancouver, town planners told [ABC Online]
Comments from John Norquist from the Congress for the New Urbanism at the City of the Future: Australian & US Perspectives conference currently being  held in Brisbane.

London’s Cultural Strategy: We must continue to invest in creativity [Mayor of London]
Boris Johnson (Mayor of London) at the launch of his Cultural Strategy which will be published after public comment.

Public gets a say on Peavey Plaza – [Star Tribune]
Landscape architect candidates seeking to be lead designer for the renovation of Peavey Plaza ( will be interviewed on Tuesday. The renovation is expected to cost $5-6million USD. Originally constructed in 1975 and designed by M. Paul Friedberg has numerous maintenance issues over the years. The renovation of the plaza as Minnesota Orchestra prepares for $45 million hall renovation and expansion in 2012.

Designs for Santa Monica Parks Discussed at Joint Meeting – [The LookOut News]
Landscape architect James Corner and members of his New York-based design team unveiled the latest version of their plan for a pair of adjacent parks to members of Santa Monica’s community on Saturday.
[We will try and get images and post them on World Landscape Architect]

National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) in Uganda gives away part of city wetland – [New Vision]
NEMA has given National Housing and Corporation housing estate part of Bugolobi wetland situated between Kampala city and Lake Victoria . The Bugolobi wetland cleanses water that runs into Lake Victoria, one of Africa’s Great Lakes.

Henn Architekten to design Wenzhou’s CBD – [Bustler]
Henn Architekten was last week awarded 1st prize in an international design competition to design an area of Wenzhou CBD.Wenzhou, a city of 1.4 million people (urban population) situated on the East Coast of China. The 5 towers of  400,000m2 mixed use space was designed based upon the Wenzhou river delta where the Oujiang river flows into the East China Sea.

LAP students create vision for future of downtown Muncie [BSUDailyNews.com]

Ball State’s College of Architecture and Planning, 40 fifth-year students, led by landscape architecture professors German Cruz, Malcolm Cairns and Simon Bussiere, participated in the renovation design of Main Street between Madison and Walnut streets.
[We will try and get images and post them on World Landscape Architect]

Second Rate Urbanism – [landscape+urbanism]

Jason King takes a second look at Duany’s comments in the The Man who Reinvented the City

Prunings LXI – [Pruned]
Looking at Global Distribution of Aerosols

Infrastructure Gives Societies the Ability to Connect [Triple Pundit]
FedEX take on Infrastructure=Access

‘Art, Architecture, Scandal and Class in America’s Gilded Age’ review: Firm remade the urban landscape [NJ.com]
Book Review by Kathleen Daley of ‘Triumvirate: McKim, Mead and White: Art, Architecture, Scandal and Class in America’s Gilded Age’ by Mosette Broderick  (Pubished 26 October 2010)

Spotlight on trams: Helsinki [Guardian]

George W. Bush Presidential Center begins construction – [SMU Daily Campus]

TD Bank a step back for urbanism at RI Ave [Greater Greater Washington]

We are always on the lookout for more links and information for readers – email them to damian@landreader.com

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LAND Reader launch

Today we launch – LAND Reader – a new website that will provide the latest news,  books, products,  events and other information updates from across the web. LAND Reader will give updates from local to international built environment news to summaries of interesting topics. LAND Reader will be your weekly read for news about landscape architecture.

Why create another website when we have World Landscape Architect? World Landscape Architect has evolved from a blog, posting news articles; to a news website giving the latest design projects in rich images. As we read a vast amount of news daily from across the web and we sort to provide this information via twitter. However, we felt World Landscape Architect readers where missing out so we felt a new web space was needed and the reason for launching LAND Reader . World Landscape Architect is going to change over the coming months and will be moving to new home in 2011.

LAND Reader will be predominately text based so that people from across the world with varying access to the web (dial-up, broadband, mobile) will be able to be informed about landscape architecture. LAND Reader will also look at interesting topics and give a summary of resources so that readers can stay informed and today with the launch of the new site we give our first sample of a topic post with Landscape Urbanism vs New Urbanism.

If you have any tips or news that readers of LAND Reader would be interested in email damian@landreader.com

Landscape Urbanism vs New Urbanism

The voices are getting more heated and louder in the public debate of Landscape Urbanism vs New Urbanism with recent pieces inMetropolis by Andres Duany - ‘Duany vs Harvard GSD’‘ and a response from Alex Krieger - ‘Krieger to Duany’. The debate occurs in the 50th year of Urban Design and 30th year of New Urbanism seems to gives landscape architects a new sense of place and that the profession at last have a debate that will raise the profession to new level.

Landscape Urbanism and New Urbanism articles and opinion pieces over the last few months have provided great reading material for us to think about cities and communities. Whether your on the Landscape Urbanism or New Urbanism side we all know this debate will rage on but with Urbanisation occurring a phenomenal rate in Asia and Africa the biggest question is will these theories be placed into real practice (beyond the token projects)  so they can be truly evaluated or will the debate continue on until the protagonists are long gone.

I thought that it was time to write about this debate after reading one of the best articles on the debate this year by Charles A. Birnbaum: City Shaping II: Will Architecture Go Horizontal? written for the Huffington Post. Also Jason King on his blog - landscape+urbanism has given a great synopsis and response in ‘GSD as Epicenter’ from  the landscape urbanism perspective. Jason’s landscape+urbanism blog is the best source of information, insight and debate about  landscape urbanism.

Below is a list of recent articles that will provide some great Sunday reading to get you all fired up for Monday at the office. Remember to follow us  @landreader to get the latest landscape headlines like the ones below.

City Shaping II: Will Architecture Go Horizontal? Charles A. Birnbaum – Huffington Post 14 November 2010

Krieger to Duany - Alex Krieger – Metropolis Magazine 8 November 2010

Duany vs Harvard GSD - Andres Duany – Metropolis Magazine 3 November 2010

The definition of landscape urbanism - Tom Turner – Gardenvisit Blog 5 November 2010

All Carrot, No Stick (Senate Bill S.1619) – Karrie Jacobs – Metropolis Magazine 20 October 2010

Landscape Urbanism: Sprawl in a Pretty Green Dress? - Michael Mehaffy 11 October 2010

Systems, Not Icons: The unstoppable rise of landscape urbanism – John Gendall – Architect 6 October 2010

New Urbanism for the Apocalypse - Greg Lindsay – Fast Company May 24 2010

The Man Who Reinvented the City (interview w/ Duany) – Kevin Redmon – The Atlantic May 18 2010

And for something a little visual America’s suburban sprawl elevated to aerial art – Matthew Knight CNN (includes Christoph Gielen’s aerial photos) November 8 2010

These are only some from the past year there are many more from pre-2010 and not on the web including Topos #71 – Landscape Urbanism and also books including Ecological Urbanism (Harvard GSD). If I have missed any important articles on the web send me an email damian@landreader.com

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