This Week in Landscape | 8 June 2014

Anti-homeless studs at London residential block prompt uproar | The Guardian
“Metal studs have been installed outside a block of flats in central London to deter rough sleepers.”
[WLA Editor: Is such a design element necessary? Shouldn't we be facilitating policies and designs that provide shelter?]

Levees Could Protect Lower Manhattan From Future Floods | Curbed NY
Southern Manhattan Coastal Protection Study proposes a 1.3-mile-long living barrier made up of a multi-purpose levee system.

Meadowlands flood plan faces hurdles | James M. O’Neill & Scott Fallon | North Jersey.com
“It took the federal government to say we have to look at larger geographic areas and longer term solutions rather than sending quick money to people to rebuild their houses,” said Peter Kasabach, executive director of New Jersey Future, a non-profit group advocating efficient land use. “It’s taking science into account.”….“There’s a real opportunity around resiliency planning,”

Call for Creative Director for the 2015 Festival of Landscape Architecture | AILA
“The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) is now seeking expressions of interest for the role of Creative Director for the 2015 Festival of Landscape Architecture. Individuals, practices, schools of Landscape Architecture, or collaborative teams are encouraged to apply.”

New Desalination Technologies Spur Growth in Recycling Water | Cheryl Katz | Yale e360
“Desalination has long been associated with one process — turning seawater into drinking water. But a host of new technologies are being developed that not only are improving traditional desalination but opening up new frontiers in reusing everything from agricultural water to industrial effluent.”

edyn solar powered garden system by fuseproject monitors and tracks plants
The Edyn Garden Sensor tracks light, humidity, temperature, soil nutrition and moisture, and then cross-references this information with plant, soil science and weather databases to recommend which plants will thrive. [WLA Editor: With environmental sensors and apps becoming inexpensive and easily accessible, what role will they play in landscape architecture?]

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Petržalka Masterplan | Bratislava Slovakia | Marko&Placemakers + GutGut + LABAK

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Petržalka is a complex urban mechanism, which has gone through an unpredictable evolution. Its inhabitants form an active and responsible community, sensitive to any change. The city-wide redevelopment of infrastructure and introduction of a tram-train line running through the core of Petržalka presents an opportunity to integrate the existing green spaces into a defined natural urban park, expressing the informally developed character of Petržalka as a “green” quarter over the years.
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Our Forest | Vienna Austria | Lindle Bukor

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Station 2: In Detail …“How does an untouched forest look like?”

The four landscape installations replace the former nature trail through a piece of forest in Vienna’s Zoo Schönbrunn and reflect four different aspects characterizing woodlands: dynamics, diversity, sustainability and cultural significance. The aim of the concept is to arouse interest through sensuous experience, to simultaneously stimulate reflection and communicate knowledge. Through this contemporary dialogue, the real experience remains central.

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Six teams win Rebuild by Design Competition

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Hoboken Waterfront | ©OMA  | one of six winning proposals in the Rebuild By Design Competition

Rebuild by Design was a design competition to create innovative community- and policy-based solutions to protect U.S. cities that are most vulnerable to increasingly intense weather events and future uncertainties.  Back in April, 10 Finalists were unveiled and the teams developed their proposals in partnership with local stakeholder coalitions and feedback from participants. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan announced recently that six design proposals have been selected as winners of HUD’s Rebuild by Design competition.

The six teams with winning proposals are:

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This Week In Landscape | 1 June 2014 | News & Upcoming Events

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Construction began this week on Phase 2 of the Chicago Riverwalk | Credit ©Sasaki

Chicago Riverwalk Construction Underway | Sasaki
Phase 2 construction for our Chicago Riverwalk project is currently underway between State Street and La Salle Street.

Celebration marks reopening of Pittsburgh’s Mellon Square | Diana Nelson Jones | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Mellon Square reopens after restoration finishes of the plaza originally designed by Landscape architects Simonds and Simonds and architects Mitchell and Ritchey.

Finding Space for the Living at a Memorial | New York Times | Michael Kimmelman
Michael Kimmelman critiques the 9/11 Memorial “The place doesn’t feel like New York. It feels like a swath of the National Mall plunked in downtown Manhattan…”

Sue Illman celebrates ‘exciting two years’ in President’s Review | Landscape Institute
Sue Illman introduces her President’s Review in the latest issue of Landscape by saying, ‘This has been an exciting two years for the Landscape Institute and also a great period for public appreciation of landscape architecture in general.’”

ReSITE festival is gearing up | Prague Post
On June 19-20, the reSITE festival and professional conference, which will take place in the new spaces of Forum Karlín in Prague, will offer countless possibilities for addressing these phenomena. The organizers have again managed to attract from around the world outstanding speakers who will share their experience not only at the conference, but also in the course of several concurrent workshops.

Sydney needs a plan for future population | SBS
“New figures predict Sydney’s population will be six million by 2031, so action needs to be taken now says Minister for Planning Pru Goward.”

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