City replacing ash trees before destructive insect’s arrival

Northfield news reports that Northfield city will start replacing ash trees to avoid the devastation from the emerald ash borer – Agrilus planipennis.

City Engineer Katy Gehler-Hess said the move is an attempt to avoid a mass die off like that which occurred when Dutch elm disease sickened trees across the state.

To find out more about Northfield read the Northfield News article

There are quantines going into effect in numerous counties in states such as Wisconsin due to the spread of the emerald ash borer. Check with your state’s Department of Agriculture Trade about quarantines and what nursery stock and wood products can be moved.

NewSchool of Architecture & Design to Offer Master of Landscape Architecture


NewSchool of Architecture & Design has added two new degree programs, Master of Landscape Architecture and Bachelor of Science in Construction Management, to help meet growing demand for qualified professionals in these fields. Both programs will begin in the winter quarter.

“These two new degrees, along with the newly approved program in Digital Media Arts, significantly add to the depth and scope of NewSchool’s growing portfolio of programs. We can provide new opportunities for students to pursue their educational objectives, and be of greater service to the region,” said Dr. Steve Altman, president of NewSchool.

Master of Landscape Architecture

The Master of Landscape Architecture’s curriculum allows students to take advantage of growing opportunities in the fields of urban redevelopment, brownfield restoration and urban ecology. The program is closely linked to NewSchool’s well-established, NAAB-accredited architecture programs, providing direct collaboration between landscape architecture students and the architecture program in areas including urban issues, architectural history and theory, sustainability and urban design.

Core courses and electives emphasize urban landscape architecture and the landscape issues that relate to urban settings such as the eco-urban interface; the design of and advocacy for parks, plazas and plantings within urban boundaries; and the relationships between the urban core and the land on which it is built.

Landscape architecture is projected to grow 18-26% by 2016. U.S. News & World Report (Dec. 11, 2008 issue) listed landscape architecture as one of the top 30 careers in 2009. Outside magazine (May 2008 issue) called landscape architecture one of the 50 best jobs in the United States in 2008.

SOURCE: NewSchool of Architecture & Design to Offer Master of Landscape Architecture and B.S. in Construction Management Degrees

Ruth Reed’s vision for RIBA

Reading the Architects Journal article gives an interesting insight into Ruth Reed. The gist of the article is that next week Ruth Reed takes up her role as the new president of the Royal Institute British Architects (RIBA) and she intends to implement some changes to improve the RIBA and also meet the members. She is planning a 50 towns in 50 weeks tour of Britain to meet the members and hear their concerns and frustrations with the RIBA. She also has a vision under the headings  – planning, education and value. She wishes to reduce the number of planning documents needed for submissions, and ask the government to look at how the green credentials of buildings are assessed. On the education front she wishes to bring in a competency based test to help student who can’t find work to complete their case studies.
Value is to move architects to extend the offer of professionals to assist clients from design through to maintenance.

SOURCE:  Architects Journal

Birlingham wetland to double in size

Planners have agreed to a proposal to double the size of the Worcestershire Wildlife Trust wetland to 34 hectares. The wetland in Birlingham is set to increase biodiversity and increase water flora and fauna. The water will be supplied by a wind pump the river Avon into the wetland of four ponds. The land to be used for the wetland is currently a meadowland that was flooded regularly and attempted cultivation for farming has failed.

SOURCE: Eversham Journal

Parkway planned for Memphis Airport

Ritchie Smith Associates have proposed turning the 2-mile stretch of barren road from Memphis International Airport (the home of Fedex) into a Parkway at a cost of $1 to $2 million dollars. The plan includes planting 2,500 trees, new lighting, signage and some public art. As apart of the masterplan a 180 scupltural lights have been proposed along the Parkway. The plan is to be reviewed by council in mid September.

SOURCE: Memphis Flyer – Seed the Plough

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