Architectural Association Landscape Urbanism Open Day

AALU will be showing the projects of the students from 08-09 course working in the metropolitan region of the Pearl River Delta, China. A panel of international experts has been invited to comment on the work and participate in an open discussion.

Friday 9TH October, Architectural Association, 36 Bedford Square, London Lecture hall

1030AM to 6PM

INVITED PANEL WILL INCLUDE

Kelly Shannon – Lecturer in KU Leuven

Peter Zöch – Editor of Topos magazine

Munchen Pino Scaglione – Editor of LIST, Lecturer at Trento University

Robert Huxford – Director of Urban Design magazine, London

Claudia Pasquero – Director EcoLogic Studio, London, AAInter10

Mary Bowman – Director of Gustafson Porter, London

James Haigstreeter – Director of EDAW/AECOM

Sandra Morris – Landscape Historian

Retiring baby boomers begin heading for the country

Oregonlive.com reports

They represent a migration that turns conventional wisdom on its head. Urban planners have until now proceeded on the assumption that retiring baby boomers will downsize to a high-rise and spend their days lapping lattes and taking the streetcar to the art museum.

A lot of them will. But new data from the U.S. Department of Agriculturesays baby boomers will head to the country in big numbers, in the Northwest changing the face of rural Oregon, Washington and Idaho.

Oregonlive.com – Retiring baby boomers begin heading for the country –  VIA Planetizen 

Indianapolis Museum of Art to Open on June 20, 2010

The Indianapolis Museum of Art announced recently that 100 Acres: The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park will open on June 20, 2010 with a public grand opening celebration including tours and a Summer Solstice program. Located on 100 acres of land that includes untamed woodlands, wetlands, a lake, and meadows adjacent to the Museum, 100 Acres will be one of the largest museum art parks in the country and the only one to feature the ongoing commission of temporary, site-responsive artworks. The park will open with eight newly commissioned inaugural works by international artists, a LEED-certified visitor center and numerous walking trails that highlight the indigenous landscape. As with the IMA galleries, admission to 100 Acres will be free.

The IMA has engaged architect Marlon Blackwell and landscape architect Edward L. Blake to develop a LEED-certified visitor pavilion and related walking trails throughout the site that emphasize native plantings.

SOURCE: The Indianapolis Museum of Art

TED Talk – Carolyn Steel – How food shapes our cities

Carolyn Steel recently gave a presentation at TED Global 2009 in Oxford, UK last July.

Architect and author Carolyn Steel uses food as a medium to “read” cities and understand how they work. In her book Hungry City she traces — and puts into historical context — food’s journey from land to urban table and thence to sewer. Cities, like people, are what they eat.

The video was recently posted and Carolyn gives a great presentation and some great insights.

THIS VIDEO IS COPYRIGHT OF TED.

WORLD LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT HAS NO INVOLVEMENT WITH THE VIDEO, ITS PRODUCTION OR COPYRIGHT.

Toronto approves tranformation of Queens Quay

Toronto City Council has overwhelmingly approved Waterfront Toronto’s recommendation to transform Queens Quay into a grand lakefront boulevard by replacing two lanes of traffic on the south side of the street with a beautiful linear park.

Transforming Queens Quay by creating open public space along the south side of the street with a generous new pedestrian promenade and expanded Martin Goodman Trail is part of the winning design for revitalizing the central waterfront by West 8 + DTAH.

SOURCE: WEST 8

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