Sweeney Playground opens in South Boston

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Stoss Landscape Urbanism celebrated the opening of Thomas J Sweeney Playground on Thursday, May 29. Families from the neighborhood joined Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh in cutting the ribbon to the newly redesigned public park as children enjoyed the playground’s poured-in-place rubber surface and newly installed benches, fountains, and rope structures.
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Tagus Linear Park | Póvoa de Santa Iria Portugal | Topiaris

Tagus Linear Park – Topiaris Landscape Architecture from Joao Morgado on Vimeo. [Great Aerial Video taken with a drone]

The Tagus Linear Park is an area of 15 000 sq m that was conquered by the surrounding communities of the industrial private sector and was felt as a democratic intervention by those forever deprived of access to the River. For the first time, people of adjacent urban communities are given recreation and leisure opportunity in direct contact with the riverside, which was until recently blocked by large industrial lots. People of all ages, from different walks of life and cultural backgrounds are now invited to come and enjoy a diverse palette of equipment and activities: from sports, fishing, walking and cycling to environmental education, or simply to get an eyeful of the landscape.
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This Week in Landscape | 8 June 2014

Anti-homeless studs at London residential block prompt uproar | The Guardian
“Metal studs have been installed outside a block of flats in central London to deter rough sleepers.”
[WLA Editor: Is such a design element necessary? Shouldn't we be facilitating policies and designs that provide shelter?]

Levees Could Protect Lower Manhattan From Future Floods | Curbed NY
Southern Manhattan Coastal Protection Study proposes a 1.3-mile-long living barrier made up of a multi-purpose levee system.

Meadowlands flood plan faces hurdles | James M. O’Neill & Scott Fallon | North Jersey.com
“It took the federal government to say we have to look at larger geographic areas and longer term solutions rather than sending quick money to people to rebuild their houses,” said Peter Kasabach, executive director of New Jersey Future, a non-profit group advocating efficient land use. “It’s taking science into account.”….“There’s a real opportunity around resiliency planning,”

Call for Creative Director for the 2015 Festival of Landscape Architecture | AILA
“The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) is now seeking expressions of interest for the role of Creative Director for the 2015 Festival of Landscape Architecture. Individuals, practices, schools of Landscape Architecture, or collaborative teams are encouraged to apply.”

New Desalination Technologies Spur Growth in Recycling Water | Cheryl Katz | Yale e360
“Desalination has long been associated with one process — turning seawater into drinking water. But a host of new technologies are being developed that not only are improving traditional desalination but opening up new frontiers in reusing everything from agricultural water to industrial effluent.”

edyn solar powered garden system by fuseproject monitors and tracks plants
The Edyn Garden Sensor tracks light, humidity, temperature, soil nutrition and moisture, and then cross-references this information with plant, soil science and weather databases to recommend which plants will thrive. [WLA Editor: With environmental sensors and apps becoming inexpensive and easily accessible, what role will they play in landscape architecture?]

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Petržalka Masterplan | Bratislava Slovakia | Marko&Placemakers + GutGut + LABAK

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Petržalka is a complex urban mechanism, which has gone through an unpredictable evolution. Its inhabitants form an active and responsible community, sensitive to any change. The city-wide redevelopment of infrastructure and introduction of a tram-train line running through the core of Petržalka presents an opportunity to integrate the existing green spaces into a defined natural urban park, expressing the informally developed character of Petržalka as a “green” quarter over the years.
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Our Forest | Vienna Austria | Lindle Bukor

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Station 2: In Detail …“How does an untouched forest look like?”

The four landscape installations replace the former nature trail through a piece of forest in Vienna’s Zoo Schönbrunn and reflect four different aspects characterizing woodlands: dynamics, diversity, sustainability and cultural significance. The aim of the concept is to arouse interest through sensuous experience, to simultaneously stimulate reflection and communicate knowledge. Through this contemporary dialogue, the real experience remains central.

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