Land News 26 Nov 2010 – LU vs NU, Revitalization, Minifarms, Awards, New Blog

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LU vs NU
Seems like people can’t get enough of the Landscape Urbanism vs New Urbanism debate with more people stepping in to give weight to either side.

Urban Omnibus: GSD Throwdown: Battle for the Intellectual Territory of a Sustainable Urbanism

FASLANYC (Blog): NU v. LU: It’s all Copacetic

Landscape+Urbanism (Jason King): Parsley on the Building

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GOOD READING
Valletta: ‘Genius Loci’ – John Ebejer [Malta Independent Online]
When talking about streets and piazzas, people sometimes refer to a “sense of place” or genius loci. They experience something that goes beyond the physical form of the buildings……..

IN THE NEWS
Israel to unveil new green tunnel in Haifa[ynetnews]
The 3.5-mile route is built atop a former landfill and connects Haifa’s eastern and western districts, redirecting drivers from downtown to an alternative route to the eastern and central parts of the city and Haifa Bay.

When state’s hard up for money, do beautification projects make sense? [star-telegram]
At a time when governments everywhere strain for each dollar, can Texas continue to afford its transportation beautification projects?

Governor Receives Artifacts from New York’s World Trade Center Twin Towers[southern maryland online]
Governor O’Malley today officially accepted artifacts from World Trade Center in New York to Maryland. The twenty-two foot long artifact from the Twin Towers will be the centerpiece of the Maryland 9/11 memorial to be dedicated on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy – September 11, 2011. A selection committee will review the qualifications and choose finalists for the memorial in January 2011.

Diversity key to west-side revitalization plan [Indianapolis Business Journal]

Over the last few months, a wave of events has given momentum to grass-roots efforts to revive the West 38th Street corridor and its broader neighborhood, which includes Lafayette Square Mall.

Vacant Lots to be Urban Minifarms [VIDEO]
ESF is involved in a project to transform about a dozen vacant lots at Bellevue and Midland avenues in Syracuse into an urban farm.

Mill River Park Design Wins Award [thedailystamford]
Stamford’s Mill River Park has yet to leave the drawing board, but it’s already winning awards.

D’Iberville draws plans for uptown, downtown areas [SunHerald.com]
The city has a new comprehensive plan that will lay the groundwork for what it will look like in 20 years.
LANDReader: Would you call this SmartCode growth? [See renders in article]

Jefferson’s Va retreat gets landscape restoration [CBS6]

Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest is undergoing a restoration of its grounds and gardens, an integral part of the third president’s retirement retreat and an example of how he blended elements of architecture and landscape design.

San Francisco should find new use for news kiosks – [SFgate.com]
What will happen to News stands when we’re all reading the news on our iPads?

OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST

NEW BLOG: Landscape is Leading
Stijlgroep landscape and urban design has launched a new blog last week.

INTERVIEW: ASLA Dirt Blog: Interview with Caroline Fraser, Author of “Rewilding the World: Dispatches from the Conservation Revolution”

JOB: LECTURER FOR LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE – UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON

BOOK REVIEW: (by Business Standard): Finding Delhi: Loss and renewal in the Megacity

VIDEO: Revamp plans show tide is turning in Margate [kentonline.com]
This is what Margate will look like after a planned multi-million pound revamp breathes new life into its seafront.

LAND News 19 Nov 2010

Dismal John O’Groats to receive ‘fun’ makeover [bdonline.co.uk]
Edinburgh practice GLM has won planning permission for a £6.5 million scheme to revitalise John O’Groats – recently dubbed the most dismal place in Scotland

Development Encroaches on the Southern United States’ Last “Wild” Areas [World Resources Institute]
As a result of rapid development over the last 40 years, the vast majority of land in the southern U.S. has been in some way impacted by humans. Today, only a small amount of land remains in a relatively natural, or “wild”, state.

Syracuse’s South Side will be home to an urban farm tended by teens [syracuse.com]
A dozen vacant South Side lots are about to go a little bit country. A partnership is using the site to create an urban farm. One of its purposes is to make better use of vacant land.

Eco-friendly events honor Transatlantic Climate Bridge [lsureveille]
The University launched a series of eco-friendly events this week in honor of the Transatlantic Climate Bridge, an initiative of the German Embassy to foster sustainable living solutions.

Duany Plater-Zyberk win Mandeville city center project [St.Tammy News]
Wednesday, a committee of 10, made up of citizens selected by the two entities, interviewed representatives from three firms, Duany Plater-Zyberk and Co. of Miami; Tunnell-Sprangler and Walsh and Associates of Atlanta; and Dover, Kohl and Partners of Coral Gables, Fla. In the end, Frank Saxton, director of community development for NCF, said the committee decided to go with Duany Plater-Zyberk and Co.

(Ottawa) City rejects alternative Lansdowne plan [cbc.ca]
Ottawa’s municipal government says it won’t consider an alternative proposal for the redevelopment of Lansdowne Park with less commercial and residential space because the proposal has come to too late in the redevelopment process.

NYRA searching for consultants to guide VLT-funded capital projects at Saratoga Race Course [The Saratogian]
SARATOGA SPRINGS — New York Racing Association hopes to have a team of consultants in place by late January to develop plans for Saratoga Race Course capital improvements.

EVENT: Freshkills Park Talk: Monday, November 22nd
Freshkills Park Talks lecture series resumes next Monday with a talk by Dr. Steven Handel, Director of the Center for Urban Restoration Ecology (CURE) at Rutgers University.

Ex-Director of Miami Art Museum to Curate Biennale in China [New York Times]
Terence Riley, the former director of the Miami Art Museum, has been appointed chief curator for the 2011 edition of the Shenzhen & Hong Kong Biennale of UrbanismArchitecture.

A Net Zero Office Today [Metropolis Magazine]
The architecture firm HOK has some experience designing sustainable buildings in problem locations. Their design for the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia is the world’s largest LEED platinum project, and made it to AIA’s list of the top ten green projects of 2010. But this year the firm decided to set itself an even tougher challenge.

Oberlanders Architects wins planning for sweet Edinburgh scheme [bdonline.co.uk]
Oberlanders Architects has won planning consent for the Sugarhouse, a £15 million mixed-use development on a sensitive site in Edinburgh’s old town.

A New Way to Plant Urban Trees [The Dirt - ASLA Blog]
At the 2010 GreenBuild, Peter MacDonagh, the Kestler Design Group, James Urban, FASLA, Urban Trees + Soils, and Peter Schaudt, FASLA, Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architects, argued that without new tree planting techniques that use healthy loam soils…….

The Dirt – ASLA Blog has posted a few good posts covering presentations at 2010 GreenBuild in Chicago

McGregor Coxall Wins International Waterfront Design Honour Award for Ballast Point Park Sydney

Ballast-Point-Park-Sydney

Ballast-Point-Park-Sydney

Philip Coxall of McGregor Coxall and the project client, Di Talty of the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority were presented the award in Baltimore.

McGregor Coxall a leading Australian Urban Design and Landscape Architecture studio from Sydney was awarded the highest honour for their 2.5 hectare Ballast Point Park project in Birchgrove on Sydney Harbour. Director Philip Coxall of McGregor Coxalland the project client, Di Talty of the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority were presented the award in Baltimore.

The Annual International Waterfront Centre Award was announced in Baltimore USA on the 5th of November at the Urban Waterfronts International Conference on Waterfront Planning, Development and Culture.  Benchmark waterfront projects from around the world including England, China, Canada and the USA were recognized for excellence.

The winning Ballast Point Park project, completed in 2009 is located on the former contaminated Caltex lubricant production facility site on the Birchgrove Peninsula in Sydney’s inner western harbour suburb of Balmain. Owned by Caltex from the 1920’s until 2002, the site has a rich history from aboriginal occupation, the privately owned gentleman’s residence ’Menevia’ of the 1860’s, to a quarry for ship ballast and finally an industrial lube oil facility.

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Land News 18 Nov 2010

James Howard Kunstler: The World is Going to Get Rounder and Bigger Again

Chris Martenson of Business Insider interviews James Howard Kunstler about oil, food, neighborhoods, economy and energy. The best quote from the interview

It ought to be self-evident. I mean, compare Phoenix and Portland, Oregon. Phoenix is utterly toast in a few years. They can’t grow any food there without expensive and heroic irrigation. They have water problems. They’re slaves to their cars. They’re in a place where even the hamburger flippers need air-conditioning to survive. It’s quite hopeless there. Portland, on the other hand, has turned itself into one of the finest walkable cities in the USA……

Read the full article at [Business Insider]

Rust Belt Cities Demolish Homes as Foreclosures Blight Cleveland, Detroit [Bloomberg]
Cleveland’s population has been shrinking for 60 years as the city lost manufacturing jobs. Now, after more than 33,000 foreclosures since 2005, it’s demolishing hundreds of deserted, derelict homes.

Lane-storming: Cities drive new ideas about public space [Globe&Mail]
A line has been drawn in the battle over city streets. On a busy Manhattan morning this spring, a comedy troupe drew a chalk divide down the edge of Fifth Avenue, creating one lane for “tourists” and another for “New Yorkers.” It was just a joke, but the news quickly spread around the world and inspired copycat initiatives.

College unveils Landscape Master Plan [Miscellany News] to be officially revealed next week

According to Urbanski, Van Valkenburgh (MVVA) approaches each institution individually, looking for a custom fit. “We don’t have a formulaic approach,” he said, “and that’s a loaded statement.” This approach, he said, separates Van Valkenburgh from other similar companies.

Shops and cafes along state roads of Armenia to have single architectural style
uring the November 18 sitting, the Armenian government approved introduction of a catalogue for architectural designs of trade and service facilities located at territories adjacent to the state and international roads.

Surbana International Consultants win Skyrise Greenery Awards 2010 [World Architecture News]

Seattle’s live-work spaces: Commuting is such a breeze [Crosscut]

Green roofs and rooftop gardens [KYPost]

Santa Monica Palisades Garden Walk + Town Square

Palisades Walk + Town Square
The design for Palisades Garden Walk + Town Square has been shaped by an intense and collaborative community process and inspired by the California Arroyo Landscape.   The resultant design scheme, the “Arroyo Wash,” presents a park that will be the new heart of the city.  Fluid braided pathways appear to organically emerge from the entrance of City Hall extending outward and connecting neighborhoods with the Pier, the beach, and civic campus.  Linear rolling topography reinforces the softness of the circulatory system and creates a series of “bluffs” that host overlooks and framed views of the city.   Carved into the rolling topography are a series of “bays” that organize the site’s program and include space for small events and performances, an outdoor café, gardens, play spaces, and bike kiosks.

Palisades Walk + Town Square
Water elements within the park also originate in Town Square and, through a series of runnels, extend into the serpentine, flowing topography of Palisades Garden Walk with increasing turbulence that ultimately softens the sound of traffic along the Ocean Avenue, on the site’s westernmost edge.  An overhead lighting trellis also creates strong linkage between Town Square and Palisades Garden Walk and will be a feature element at the Corner of Ocean and Colorado Avenues.

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