America’s national parks face challenges

Christian Science Monitor reports

Finding money to restore and repair the parks won’t be easy during the current fiscal crisis. But delaying will only raise the cost. “It’s just like your house. If you don’t do that routine maintenance, you’re going to have a big bill staring at you. And the bill is growing,” Mr. Repanshek says.

The maintenance challenges are huge. The NPS’s 58 national parks and 333 monuments and historic sites contain some 680 water-treatment and wastewater systems, 505 dams, 1,804 bridges and tunnels, 8,500 miles of roads, 775 campgrounds, and 12,250 miles of trails, as well as 84.6 million acres of land. “Many national parks are little cities unto themselves,” says Phil Voorhees, a senior fellow at the NPCA.

SOURCE: Christian Science Monitor – America’s national parks face challenges | csmonitor.com

Grad Student David Malda Wins National Landscape Architecture Scholarship

September 23, 2009 — The Landscape Architecture Foundation announced recently that David Malda, a graduate student in the University of Virginia School of Architecture, is the 2009-10 National Olmsted Scholar, an honor bestowed upon the student who best exemplifies leadership in sustainable design and planning.

Now in its second year, the Olmsted Scholars Program solicits one nomination from every college and university landscape architecture program in the United States, from which one National Olmsted Scholar and four finalists are selected. Last year, Karl Krause, who received his master’s in landscape architecture in May, was a finalist in the inaugural program.

Malda expects to receive dual master’s degrees in architecture and landscape architecture in 2010.

The U.Va. Landscape Architecture Program nominated Malda for his outstanding scholarship and his leadership across several platforms: within studio; between disciplines; as a co-editor of the journal, lunch; within the Graduate Architecture and Landscape Architecture student group; and through other initiatives inside and outside of the Architecture School.

Malda received the award, which includes a $25,000 prize, at the American Society of Landscape Architects’ annual meeting in Chicago last week.

Brisbane City Council wins award

North-West News repotrs

Brisbane City Council has won the 2009 Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (Qld) Award for Design Excellence.
Lord Mayor Campbell Newman’s $24 million Brisbane Foreshore Parklands Project beat 40 other entries across the private and public sectors across the country to scoop the top gong.

SOURCE: North-West News – Council wins award

Two Waterfront Toronto projects win Toronto Urban Design Awards

Waterfront Toronto’s Spadina WaveDeck and Master Plan for Lake Ontario Park have each been awarded 2009 Toronto Urban Design Awards. Spadina WaveDeck earned an Award of Excellence in the Small Open Space category and the Master Plan for Lake Ontario Park was awarded an Honourable Mention in the Vision and Masterplan category. The City of Toronto’s Urban Design Awards recognize and acknowledge the significant contribution that architects, landscape architects, urban designers, artists, design students, and city builders make to the look and livability of Toronto. This year’s competition drew 117 entries in seven categories.

SOURCE: WATERFRONT TORONTO | Two Waterfront Toronto projects win Toronto Urban Design Awards

Design Competition to Replace Hook of Maui

Wellington City reports

A competition will be rerun to design a gateway sculpture for the northern entrance to Wellington City following the decision by Wellington City Council and the Wellington Sculpture Trust not to pursue the Hook of Maui and Receding Waters.

The sculpture, a collaboration by Claude Hidber, Taika Waititi and landscape architects Wraight & Associates, was selected by the Wellington Sculpture Trust following a call for proposals in 2004. It was due to be completed in June next year.

SOURCE: Wellington – Design Competition to Replace Hook of Maui

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