Why we need to look for lawn alternatives but artificial grass is not the answer

Artificial Grass - Nature Fighting back | Flickr User  jonsson

Artificial Grass – Nature Fighting back | Flickr User jonsson

“Artificial turf, therefore, is merely the next most obvious step. Now that we greet it with a shrug and a flop, designers need to push things further, finding solutions that aren’t replacements for everything that a lawn does, but for the many individual programs it has been forced to do.” – Alexandra Lange

Recently, Alexandra Lange published an opinion piece, There’s still one more park taboo to be broken at Dezeen that reviewed the role of lawn and in recent times the acceptance that artificial turf has gained in replacing the traditional lawn. Lange, cites various examples where Artificial turf has been used including the new rooftop at the Metropolitan Museum of Art by landscape architect Gunther Vogt and Pier 2 at Brooklyn Bridge Park by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates.

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This Week In Landscape | 3 August 2014

Another week of interesting landscape news and information…

Lustgarten // Quarry Bay [short timelapse] from Stephanie Cheung on Vimeo.
“Public garden space in front of One Island East, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong. A little study of how people travel around landscaped corners, benches etc…in packs during lunch break v. end of the day.”

Why restoring wetlands is more critical than ever | Bruce Stutz | Yale e360
“Like coastal wetlands around the world, they are in urgent need. Once considered wastelands, wetlands were diked to create grazing and farm lands — in Europe for the last 2,000 years, in North America for the last 400.”

“There’s still one more park taboo to be broken” | Alexandra Lange | DEZEEN
“This change comes with a realisation that some of what we want from a lawn is visual: that pop of green that indicates the end of the hardscape, a colour meant for pedestrians.”

Maintain Your (R)Age – The Best is Yet to Come by Jerry de Gryse | AILA
“I was reminded that in University, we were told we would do our best work in our 60s and beyond…..Reflecting on my own experience, I realize it is more than trial and error that makes us better landscape architects as we age. So I made a list and, like many lists, there are at least 10 reasons why our best is yet to come.”

The Battle of Brooklyn Bridge Park | Liz Robins | New York Times
“This is a continuation of a battle that goes back 30 years, in which civic leaders in Brooklyn Heights fought to make a park on the shipping piers that the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey was ready to sell.”

Little parklet memorial brings international activism to Edmonton | Elise Stolte | Edmonton Journal
” A local landscape design student plans to honour the life of a fallen cyclist by creating a temporary park over several parking stalls along Whyte Avenue. The “parklet” will exist for just one day, but it brings an international phenomenon to Edmonton and ensures well-known young athlete Isaak Kornelsen won’t be forgotten.”

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A pop-up field in the centre of Milan by A4A Rivolta Savioni Architetti

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Over 1,500 man-sized sheaves of corn for the field that shot up overnight at the end of July, in the heart of Milan, opposite the Sforza Castle, between the two Expo Gate pavilions. “quantomais”, the project devised and produced by A4A Rivolta Savioni Architetti, on an invitation from Expo Gate’s artistic curator Caroline Corbetta, will be part of the city for the entire month of August.

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WKCDA unveils concept plan for the future park in West Kowloon Cultural District

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Cultural Boulevard | Courtesy of the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority | 文化大道 圖片由西九文化區管理局提供

The West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (WKCDA) recently unveiled a concept plan for the future park in the West Kowloon Cultural District, conceived by a global team led by Dennis Lau & Ng Chun Man Architects & Engineers (Hong Kong) Ltd, with West 8 (Netherlands) and ACLA (Hong Kong). The design team has been working closely with WKCDA since their appointment in February 2014.

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Topographical Folds | San Luis, Argentina | Sandra J. Aguilar

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On the Route of Art in the Landscape, located on Provincial Highway access to the town of Estancia Grande [ RPN 9 ] , are not designed and executed landscape work with territorial Folds Topographic and geomorphological accent.

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