New York Launches NYC Urban Technology Innovation Center

NYC Urban Technology Innovation Center, an initiative to promote the development and commercialization of green building technologies in New York City.  It will connect academic institutions conducting underlying research, companies creating the associated products, and building owners who will use those technologies. Through the Center – a partnership of the New York City Economic Development Corporation, Columbia University, Polytechnic Institute of New York University, and the City University of New York (CUNY) – green building technology companies that need real-world test sites will be joined with building owners looking to benefit from the latest developments and willing to provide a test environment.

Read more at the NYC Press Release

Competition: Network Reset – rethinking the Chicago Emerald Necklace

MAS Studio and the Chicago Architectural Club are pleased to announce the competition: NETWORK RESET, a single-stage international competition that seeks to provide ideas and actions that can reactivate the Boulevard System of Chicago and rethink its potential role in the city.

Monday February 21, 2011 Submission deadline

More information at the official competition website

An interesting competition and good to see entries will be in digital format – reducing entry costs, waste & CO2 emissions.

Alsop: Landscape architects see themselves as social engineers

Recently in an Will Alsop commented in interview with the Wall Street Journal

“…Current notions about public space have been institutionalized, often by landscape architects, who in my experience often don’t know the names of trees, but see themselves as social engineers. Horrible concept.”

Seems that he hasn’t change his views since the Alsop vs Schwartz debate in 2008.

Read the full interview by Andrew McKie at Wall Street Journal – Building a Brighter Future

Rooftop to Tabletop: Repurposing Urban Roofs for Food Production

City Farmer has posted an abstract of  Rooftop to Tabletop: Repurposing Urban Roofs for Food Production written by Benjamin Engelhard as his Thesis for Master of Landscape Architecture at University of Washington. The Thesis gives a some background to rooftop agriculture and green roofs and has some great case studies from different parts of the USA. I haven’t had time to read the full document but have put it in my reading list. You can download a full copy of the Rooftop to Tabletop: Repurposing Urban Roofs for Food Production at Cityfarmer.

READING THE LANDSCAPE: On-Line Reading Group Seeking Members

READING THE LANDSCAPE is an on-line reading group dedicated to fostering engaging dialogue about the shaping of our built environment. The inaugural group will begin reading The Landscape Urbanism Reader edited by Charles Waldheim the week of February 21st. The group will include a total of 15 people. Depending on the material selected, the format for the reading group will involve reading a chapter, essay, or article each week with asynchronous on-line discussion regarding it during the following week. The format is intended to make it easier for busy professionals to participate. After each week, one person will summarize the discussion as a blog post for public discussion.

Due to the limited size of the group and the desire to ensure dynamic and multiple perspectives through the inclusion of professionals of diverse backgrounds, the organizers are requesting Letters of Interest from those who would want to participate.

READING THE LANDSCAPE is a collaboration between Damian Holmes founder of the webzine World Landscape Architecture and this website – Land Reader; Jason King, editor of Vegitecture and Landscape + Urbanism, and Brian Phelps, co-founder of sitephocus.com. All are also avid practicing professionals in landscape architecture and urban design.

For more information email me – Damian Holmes or Jason King or Brian Phelps
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