ASLA disappointed with failure to avert sequestration

American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) released a statement on March 1 stating that they are “…..disappointed in the federal government’s failure to avert the sequestration that will start to take effect today.”. ASLA stated that they were not only worried about scale of the cuts and the impact that it will have on the USA economy but also federally employed landscape architects.

ASLA also spoke of its recent Business Survey and how it “…indicated a steadier future hiring picture going into the first quarter of 2013.” The across the board cuts will create uncertainty for firms and self employed with many choosing to implement hiring freezes. Furthermore, the cuts will effect not only federal but state and local governments in planning and implementing infrastructure projects such as stormwater management, transport corridors and the design of public spaces.

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Rainer Schmidt and West 8 entries win Guangzhou Fangcun Huadi Competition

Rainer Schmidt and West 8 entries selected for Guangzhou Fangcun Huadi Competition

Image Credit | Rainer Schmidt Landscape Architects

Guangzhou City Government announced that two winning entries were selected for the Guangzhou Fangchun Huadi Sustainable Master Plan competition. The two separate entries selected include the team of Rainer Schmidt Landscape Architects with Guangzhou Planning Design Institute and another entry by West 8.

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Qingliu River Landscape Concept | Chuzhou China | Tract & SIAD

Qingliu River Landscape Concept | Chuzhou China | Tract & SIAD
As the gateway city of Eastern Anhui, Chuzhou is only 50km from Nanjing and is one of the core cities in the metropolitan circle of Nanjing. Chuzhou is also one of the birth places of Xiwu Lake Culture. It has a long history and is famous for folk-culture activities.

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Rundle Mall Redevelopment | Adelaide Australia | HASSELL

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Rundle Mall has been Adelaide’s premier shopping district since its pedestrianisation in 1976. Today it comprises over 700 retail stores, 350 commercial businesses, three department stores and 15 arcades connected by 10,000 sqm of open public space.
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‘Waterproofing New York’ at CCNY

Image Credit | Flickr User srslyguys

Image Credit | Flickr User srslyguys

CCNY’s event on Febraury 9 will examine storm protection opportunities that incorporate multiple infrastructure systems.

“After experiencing two destructive tropical storms in as many years, New York City finds itself forced to adapt to the reality of catastrophic weather events resulting from climate change. However, it cannot rely on simple fixes. Rather, it needs to create new urban landscapes with the capacity to negotiate social, cultural, and environmental forces, argues Denise Hoffman-Brandt, associate professor of landscape architecture in City College’s Spitzer School of Architecture.”

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