A New Manhattan Park Teaches Children About Plants – New York Times

Michael Van Valkenburgh, a landscape architect making his mark in New York with ambitious projects like Brooklyn Bridge Park, has created a more modest bit of greenery: the Toyota Children’s Learning Garden, a pocket park at 603 East 11th Street, on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.

Created under the auspices of the New York Restoration Project, the park, which opened Monday, is not the sort of place where children can run around and ostracize one another from their little games in preparation for adult life.

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Landscape Institute launch website to abate LA shortage

The Landscape Institute has launched a new clean graphic site with stunning images of landscape architecture projects to try to show students and people thinking about a possible career change the great profession of landscape architecture.

The site – I Want To Be A Landscape Architect  is up and running with support from CABE Space, one of the Institute’s key stakeholders.

The Landscape Institute has launched this website and campaign in direct response to the chronically low level of entry onto Landscape Institute accredited university courses and the severe shortages of landscape architects in the labour market.

A Landscape Institute survey in 2007 showed that 52% of firms were turning away contracts because of staff shortages and in 2007 research by the Academy for Sustainable Communities, showed that the shortages of landscape architects were set to worsen as demand in the economy increased.

The website has a wealth of information and some great interviews with members of the profession. The institute is also calling on members to become apart of the site and help get the message out to local schools so check out  I Want to be a landscape architect and see how you can contribute too.

SOURCE: Landscape Institute – I want to be a landscape architect website now online.

Design Debate Over Flight 93 Memorial Revived – New York Times

It has been more than two years since two college professors first made their claim that the winning design chosen for the Flight 93 National Memorial had evolved to contain elements of their proposal to honor those who died fighting the terrorists who hijacked the plane on Sept. 11, 2001.

And after an investigation by the Department of the Interior a year later found no merit to the claim by the professors, Lisa Austin and Madis Pihlak, that the winning design by Paul Murdoch, an architect based in Los Angeles, contained some of their ideas, most of those involved thought the debate over the design of the $58 million first phase of the memorial to be built near Shanksville, Pa., was over.

But the debate and rancor has been reignited in anticipation of Ms. Austin and Mr. Pihlak’s presentation of a paper on the issue on Tuesday at the “Designing the Parks” conference in Charlottesville, Va. The conference is co-sponsored by the National Park Service, which is overseeing the Flight 93 National Memorial.

Read more @ New York TimesDesign Debate Over Flight 93 Memorial Revived

GREENPIX Zero Energy Media Wall Lights up Beijing – Inhabitat

The upcoming 2008 Olympic Games are inspiring some show-stopping buildings and technologies, among them the Greenpix Zero Energy Media Wall by New York based architecture & media firm Simone Giostra & Partners. Visible from up to a kilometer away on one of Beijing’s most congested main roads, the 20,000 square foot bright light facade of the Xicui entertainment complex is more than stunning, it’s surprisingly strong in its green credentials. The Greenpix Zero Energy Media Wall is the world’s largest color LED display, and has a self sustaining energy life-cycle. Harvesting sunlight collected during the day via photovoltaic solar cells, the wall uses stored solar energy to light up the LED’s for a spectacular nighttime show.

SOURCE: Inhabitat » GREENPIX Zero Energy Media Wall Lights up Beijing.

NYC DDC and NYPD Select Perkins+Will to Design $1 Billion New Police Academy

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The New York City Department of Design and Construction (DDC) and the New York Police Department (NYPD) announce the selection of Perkins+Will as the architect for the new three million square-foot Police Academy campus in College Point, Queens.

The project will consolidate the Police Academy into one location with the most advanced law enforcement training facilities in the world. Program areas include a diverse mix of instructional and support elements that comprise a total campus: a main instructional building, field house, firearms and tactical training facility, Police Museum, visiting lecturer accommodations, parking garage, tactical village, rescue training, outdoor track, outdoor muster deck, and driver training.

Working in a project office alongside DDC and NYPD team members, architectural design consultant Michael Fieldman Architect, and consultants, Perkins+Will has begun the design for the 35-acre site. The integrated team is charged with creating a model facility that is adaptable to evolving training needs and emerging technology.

SOURCE: BUSINESS WIRE – NYC DDC and NYPD Select Perkins+Will to Design $1 Billion New Police Academy.

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