Landscape architect focuses on enhancing quality of urban life

Patricia O’Donnell, principal of Heritage Landscapes, spoke about preserving and sustaining the issues in cultural landscapes during the final lecture of the University of Rhode Island Landscape Architecture Lecture Series last night at the Coastal Institute on the URI Narragansett Bay Campus.

Her main focus of the lecture was a discussion about how “to enhance the quality of the urban life.” She said she tries to focus on how the human heritage shapes the land and how to build from it.

Source: University of Rhode Island Student Newspaper – Landscape architect focuses on enhancing quality of urban life

Discovery Green Park awash in ‘Sunchronicity of Color’

Acclaimed Texas artist Margo Sawyer’s geometric work “Synchronicity of Color” was dedicated at Houston’s new downtown park, Discovery Green.

City Council Member James Rodriguez, Dawn Ullrich, director of the City of Houston Convention & Entertainment Facilities Department, Jonathon Glus, CEO of Houston Arts Alliance, Guy Hagstette, president of Discovery Green Conservancy, and Sawyer participated in dedication ceremonies. Sawyer received a mayoral proclamation from Council Member Rodriguez, who presented it on behalf of Mayor Bill White.

“Synchronicity of Color” is the newest addition to the City of Houston ‘s inventory of more than 400 civic art works in public spaces. The two-piece architectural installment of red- and blue-themed aluminum boxes conceal concrete stairwells that lead into the Convention District parking garage beneath Discovery Green, across from the George R. Brown Convention Center. More than 1,400 aluminum boxes were used to create the vibrant “Synchronicity of Color.”

Discovery Green is scheduled to be opened to the public on April 13.

Landscape Architect: Hargreaves Associates

Source: City of Houston Press Release

Playing with different spaces

An abandoned municipal area, alongside a neglected backyard in Bat Yam, has been turned into a blossoming garden over the past three weeks, serving dozens of the city’s residents: pensioners, new immigrants, solitary people and families.

“We decided to do some recycling in an unused area of the city, to expand the concept of the shared living space and to enable residents to enjoy resources that actually belong to them,” explains the garden’s architect, Kerem Halbrecht, 29. The project, which was also planned by Halbrecht’s father, industrial designer Zvi Halbrecht, was included in the first International Biennale for Landscape Urbanism, which will open next Sunday in Bat Yam.

Source: Haaretz – Israel NewsPlaying with different spaces –

University of Pennsylvania Team Wins the 2008 ULI Competition

A plan drafted by a University of Pennsylvania team to redevelop a site within the Cedars neighborhood of Dallas has been selected as the winning scheme in the sixth annual ULI (Urban Land Institute) Gerald D. Hines Student Urban Design Competition. The teams entry was selected over plans submitted by other finalist teams from the University of Michigan, the University of Texas at Austin, and an additional team from the University of Pennsylvania.

Find the winning entries @ www.udcompetition.uli.org

Source: ULI Press Release

Urban agriculture exploding in Vancouver

As our cities grew and our housing settlements changed, we began to separate the places where we live from the places where food is grown. The average North American food item now travels 1,500 kilometres to reach the grocery store shelves.

The quest for a more sustainable way of living is taking aim at this separation of people and food with a commitment to urban agriculture. There are few places in North America where urban agriculture is exploding as fast as it is in the Vancouver area.

The urban agricultural movement promises a new vision where people are living in harmony with the lands and ecosystems around them. Urban agriculture invites food production back into our communities through innovative planning and design.

Source – Vancouver Sun – Urban agriculture exploding in Vancouver by Bob Ransford

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