Get soul into the city, landscape chief urges

Perth’s vast potential is being strangled by over-reliance on cars and poor use of public space resulting in bland, soulless suburbs, according to Australian Institute of Landscape Architects new WA president Greg Grabasch.

Mr Grabasch said Perth, with its abundance of natural beauty, had the potential to be a world-class city but years of leaving landscape and streetscape design to planners who had not been trained in creating effective public spaces was killing the city’s character.

Get soul into the city, landscape chief urges : thewest.com.au – TIFFANY LAURIE

West 8 Design Team Picked for Governors Island Park

A team of five design companies was chosen today to design the transformation of Governors Island from an abandoned military base into a 90-acre open space at the heart of New York Harbor. The new parkland will include a two-mile promenade on the water’s edge, a 40-acre park occupying the southern half of the island and improvements in the historic military district that makes up the northern half of the island and includes structures built as early as 1810.

The winning design team comprises five companies: West 8; Rogers Marvel Architects; Diller Scofidio + Renfro, the architects designing the High Line in Chelsea; Quennell Rothschild and Partners and SMWM.

Design Team Picked for Governors Island Park – City Room – Metro – New York Times .

Park Plan Choosen – New York Times – Robin Pogrebin

City picks architects for Governors Island – AM New York

Dutch Firm Selected To Design Governors Island Parkland – New York Sun

EFLA – Winter Newsletter No.18 Available

The year is coming to an end. 2007 EFLA General Assembly took place at the end of October in Brussels – it certainly was one of the largest ever. EFLA ExCo decided to have the Seminar and General Assembly at MVillage, the new location for EFLA and IFLA’s joint office. Perhaps not the most generous venue but this provided the opportunity for Presidents, delegates and observers to discover our new home…

EFLA – European Foundation of Landscape Architecture – FEAP.

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DEFRA consultation – Landscape Institute

DEFRA is currently in consultation on the review of schedule 9 to the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and a ban on the sale of certain non-native species.

Pages 12 to 23 and 27 to 31 are perhaps of most relevance to members and any views that you may have would be greatly appreciate. Please contact Stephen Russell, Policy and Public Affairs Officer, to make your views known or to discuss further”.

The consultation will close on 31 January 2008.

stephenr@landscapeinstitute.org

DEFRA consultation.

Cities cultivate 2 types of green

Squatting on the roof of a row house with a panoramic view of the sewage plants and warehouses that surround the South Bronx, James Wells sounds like a tree-hugger.

He photographs the progress of seedlings he planted on the roof, one of his first “green roof” installations, and explains how roofs covered by soil and plants, more trees on the ground and cleaner parks are key to fighting the pollution that overwhelms the neighborhood. As he speaks, a pungent rotting smell emanates from a sewage plant.

“Imagine living under these types of conditions,” says Wells, 29. “It’s one of the reasons asthma rates are so high in the Bronx.”

Two years ago, Wells made an improbable conversion from convict to environmentalist. He was just out of prison after serving 10 years for armed robbery and couldn’t find a job that would pay enough to make the rent.

Then he found Sustainable South Bronx, and he found a calling.

Cities cultivate 2 types of green – USATODAY.com. Marisol Bello

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