Drought blamed for dead trees in Texas

Currently the drought is continuing in Texas and as a result hundreds of Austin’s 300,000 trees have died this summer due to drought. Native species such as live oak and hackberry have perished due to drought and an intense summer. Currently Austin is cutting down the dead city trees and making them into mulch for use on other trees.  Residents are being advised to soak trees with 5 gallons of water per week for every inch of tree trunk caliper.

SOURCE: Dallas News.com – Drought blamed for dead trees in Texas

What is a wetland worth?

According to Department of Environment Protection(DEP) in Connecticut about $250,000. Recently a wetland next to Route 7 in Danbury, CT was filled in with gravel by a Department of Transportation(DOT) contractor during the widening of  road. The DOT and DEP have come to an agreement as a civil penalty for the damage to the wetland in lieu of a fine. A remediation plan will have to be drafted and the project is expected to finish in spring 2012.

SOURCE: Newtimes.com

UNM Student Wins Award for Pat Hurley Neighborhood Project

Katya Yushmanova

Katya Yushmanova

University of New Mexico Landscape architecture Yekaterina “Katya” Yushmanova is the recipient of a 2009 JSR Student Award for her project, Changing Perspective: Farming Habitat, that she designed for the Pat Hurley neighborhood in Albuquerque’s West side. The award comes with a $2,000 scholarship. The concept was to design a project that could act as a catalyst for quality of life improvement for residents.

Yushmanova’s design came out of a studio assignment for graduate students in UNM Landscape Architecture Studio 3 last fall. Taught by Adjunct Professor and Landscape Architect John Barney, the students worked on visioning projects for the Pat Hurley Neighborhood.

Barney said that the area was selected because of its interesting geography and history. “Pat Hurley, for whom the park is named, is the son of the famous Western artist Wilson Hurley,” he said. The students researched the area and discovered the remnants of agricultural patterns along the ditches and evidence that Atrisco Plaza was an actual plaza at one time.

Yushmanova’s winning design looked at the abandoned canal in the bosque. “It was poorly engineered. It still floods and has created an unintentional habitat, or wildlife corridor,” she said.

Yushmanova wrote, “The Pat Hurley neighborhood is a historically agricultural community on the west bank of the Rio Grande, but in recent years, most agricultural land was sold to developers despite the neighborhood’s proximity to the river – a definite amenity in the desert southwest. The quality of the new developments is low and there is a lack of parks and recreational facilities. The riverside trail along the levee is under-used and poorly maintained. The residents prefer to use well-maintained trails and recreational facilities on the east bank of the river instead.

Yushmanova earned her bachelor’s in art history from the University of Culture and Art in St. Petersburg, Russia. “Living in the American Southwest has given her an appreciation for the “stark and fragile beauty of the desert – so different from my native Siberia.”

The JSR Foundation awards scholarships to students who demonstrate a passion for preserving, improving and enhancing public spaces through responsible and innovative land use and design. The foundation and scholarship are named in honor of Jane Silverstein Ries, FASLA; the first woman to pursue a career in landscape architecture in Colorado.

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DESIGN PROPOSAL (Credit: Katya Yushmanova)

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SOURCE: UNM Today

PROJECT IMAGES CREDIT: Katya Yushmanova

Rooftop Gardens of the World – Huffington Post

The Huffington Post is looking for submission of photos of the green roofs around the world. The photos are being ranked by users to determined the 8 Rooftop Gardens from around the world. Its easy to enter just find the address of the project and then upload a photo and give a quick description of the roof.

Some of the current top 8 includes roofs include Acros Fukuoka Building, Japan, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, Waldspirale, Germany, Marriot Hotel, Victoria Canada for the other top 8 roofs and to add yours go to the SOURCE: Huffington Post – 8 Rooftop Gardens From Around The World

Madrid’s Shell Bridge gets its concrete dome – West 8

Construction is moving along at the first Shell Bridge, West 8+ MRIO designed for the City of Madrid. 100 m3 of concrete was poured inbetween the two layers of the wooden mold, moving another step closer to the desired end result: a concrete dome.

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SOURCE: WEST 8
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