Construction begins on Xian International Horticultural Exhibition

West 8 Garden 10000 Bridges Xian Expo 2011
With just under 150 days to go before the opening of 2011 International Horticultural Exhibition to be held in Xian, China (西安, 陕西) construction is in full swing on the gardens including West 8’s Garden of 10.000 Bridges (pictured above).

Gardens are telling stories; they are poetry and have a narrative. Our garden represents the human life, the path of people’s lifetime. This path is a path of uncertainty and burden. Many bridges over troubled water. The garden design takes this path of life as a meandering, winding road – continuous and like a labyrinth. The path through nature takes you over 10000 bridges.

For the 2011 Xi’an International Horticulture Exhibition, West 8 designed a Master Landscape Architect Garden, that plays with the limits and the sensation of surprise.

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Starr Whitehouse unveils Brooklyn-Queens Expressway options

Recently Starr Whitehouse unveiled three concepts for a section of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway (BQE) – a trenched Interstate (I-278)in New York. The concepts where presented to the community, elected City and Congress officials and representatives from DOT and DPR. Starr Whitehouse developed the designs in consultation with the community through workshops and were seen as ‘…an achievable vision for enhancing the pedestrian and cyclist environment above the BQE, adding green components and improving the physical connection and sociability among adjacent neighborhoods’.

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SRG Partnership will Craft 25-year Oregon Zoo Master Plan

SRG Partnership, a Portland architecture and planning firm, is heading up a world-class team of consultants who will help the Oregon Zoo chart a course for the next 25 years, zoo officials said. SRG, along with CLR Design, Atelier Dreiseitl and a cadre of subconsultants, will spend the next year evaluating zoo operations and creating a master plan for projects funded by the $125 million zoo bond measure passed in 2008. Their plan is expected to be complete by fall 2011.

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The Minneapolis City Council approved the selection of as the landscape architect for the revitalization of Peavey Plaza. The firm was selected for the quality of its design for projects such as Gold Medal Park and Target Plaza in Minneapolis as well as its ability to lead projects involving extensive public participation, such as the new I-35W bridge project in Minneapolis.

Oslund’s team additionally includes Charles Birnbaum of The Cultural Landscape Foundation, M.P. Friedberg, original designer of the plaza, Dan Euser Waterarchitecture and Shuler & Shook Lighting Design. The team’s portfolios of additional projects include the World Trade Center Memorial in New York, Mellon Square Park in Pittsburgh and Battery Park City in New York.

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

Land Reader is going weekly – out at the end of each week so you can have a leisurely read over the weekend

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


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……..

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 []
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 – []
What will happen to News stands when we’re all reading the news on our iPads?


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”


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

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

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