Adriaan Geuze: ‘Parks are like poetry and music’

Adriaan Geuze, founding partner of WEST 8 was recently interviewed in 60 seconds by Wall Street Journal. Adriaan talks about European and American landscapes and gives some interesting insights into his personal life and landscape architecture. The insight I like most in the interview is

Parks are like poetry and music. They basically have no reason to exist—that is also what is so special about them. They are places where you can dream about a non-realistic, non-time-related world.

Read more at the Wall Street Journal – On the Cutting Hedge: Design firm West 8 brings a modern sensibility to urban landscapes.

Hume: local food — it’s an urban design issue

Food Security, Urban Farms and Rooftop Agriculture are all topics that becoming more prevalent in people conversations about the landscape and urban design.  Gord Hume, an former councilor and author of Cultural Planning for Creative Communities recently gave a keynote speech where he stated

“Local government has to make the provisions for local food — it’s an urban design issue,”

Gord also went on to speak about Urban Food Terminals and Food as a tourism drawcard.

Read more at [Leamington Post]

Downtown Minneapolis playing catchup to the green parks system

Many cities in the world have great parks systems that were well thought out and brilliantly implemented, however the downtown street grids where often forgotten and became more arterial routes for vehicles and pedestrians. Minneapolis is about to change that with Steve Berg of the Minneapolis Post writing in a great article about the greening of Minneapolis that Park Board will plant 500 trees downtown this year to green the streets of the city that needs to attract a middle class population along with new commercial and retail businesses.

Read more at the [MinnPost.com]

Not all abandoned railroads are destined to be the ‘Highline’

Sioux Falls this week removed a section of abandoned railway bridge so that a new pedestrian bridge can be constructed. Which would left me asking  why wouldn’t you re-use the bridge as the pedestrian/cycle bridge? Apparently the old railway bridge acts as a dam during heavy rains causing  flooding in the area. Its a shame to see the bridge torn down lets hope the salvaged steel ends up in the new pedestrian bridge.

The old railway bridge is set to be replaced by a $284,000 200 feet long and 12 feet wide bridge set to be finished by April. Landscape architecture firm Confluence are involved with the bridge design and landscape design.

Read more at the [Argus Leader]

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

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