A 4.9ha park to commemorate the Paralympic Games has been set up in Bukit Jalil with the planting of 2,000 trees. Each tree will represent a medal up for grabs at the 5th Asean Paralympics to be hosted by Malaysia from Aug 15 to 19……..
read the full article at the SOURCE: The Star.com.my – Park to commemorate Paralympics launched
Harvard University planners, Boston redevelopment officials, and a Cambridge landscape design firm are working together to reincarnate the 1.74-acre space, behind the Honan-Allston branch of the public library, into a “sustainable’’ park……
Moscow Times reports
Look at Moscow from the air and you’ll see a network of little muddy tracks, skipping over metal railings and concrete barriers, and ignoring the official, paved paths.
With the world in recession it might not be the best time to open an office however, many think that this is the best time due to lower cost of office space, hiring staff and the Stimulus package in the USA. Damian Holmes of World Landscape Architect (WLA) had an interview via email with David Tobar of Outside Partnership who has recently opened an office in Detroit.
David Tobar, a LEED AP accredited landscape architect with 20 years professional experience who obtained his BLA from Michigan State University and then went on to California State Polytechnic University in Pomona to complete his MLA.
His professional experience lies with project design management and implementation of complex and challenging redevelopment. David has worked with public and private clients on large demanding projects that involve special development agreements with disconcerting government agencies on environmentally challenged sites. David also enjoys working to find solutions for development constraints and maintaining critical schedules.
His clients ranged from public municipal agencies, non-profit housing developers and casino resort developers.
WLA: Opening an office is a big step why now in the current economic climate?
Necessity is involved since my former company of 12 years, who I help establish and grow, was downsizing and my ideas and goals didn’t have a place there anymore. I needed to feed the family and no one is hiring landscape architects in Detroit (yet). I choose not to wait.
I’m finding with the current economic climate is providing opportunity for small, efficient start ups to prove themselves and get their foot in the door. My first project was awarded based on being small, local and having an attitude of teamwork and willingness. I’m finding that one time rivals are also willing to work together and share the pie.
WLA: How long have you been open?
WLA: Why Detroit, what are the positives and negatives?
The city is shrinking fast, losing a population from 2 million to 900k now with projections anticipating 500k. The population can’t support the 40-some square miles of vacant land and infrastructure left abandoned. As a landscape architect with a spirit for renewal and redevelopment there couldn’t be a better place to work our craft. Nature is renewing without us already. There has been increased sightings of pheasants, fox, snakes and other wildlife on vacant neighborhoods, not seen within the city limits for generations. With nature leading the way, landscape architects have a great role model to follow with renewal. Inevitable city contraction and “right-sizing” will bring opportunity for good land planners and designers.
WLA: What is the best opportunity/strength for landscape architecture in Detroit and the USA?
WLA: How do you see your office evolving?
Our practice has a chance to evolve and and become experts with natural regeneration at a scale not seen before.
WLA: How do you think the federal economic stimulus will effect landscape architecture?
Thanks to David Tobar of Outside Partnership for taking the time for our interview.