A great opinion piece about a need for a Design Policy by Allison Arieff of the NYTimes.com
Some designers I spoke to are less than thrilled with the whole design policy idea. An architect said emphatically, “Good design needs no spokesperson, needs no voice other than itself.” Yet I’m not convinced that’s always the case. Otherwise, we wouldn’t be living in, as I’ve heard one homeowner describe it, “a house with a Spanish Gothic front”, or driving Pontiac Aztecs through poorly designed intersections……..
read the full op-ed piece at the SOURCE: NYTimes.com – Designs on Policy – Allison Arieff Blog
Allston/Brighton TAB reports
Allston-Brighton residents received a first look at designs for a new ecologically sustainable park behind the Honan-Allston Library at the July 8 meeting of the Harvard-Allston Task Force.
The design, which was created with residents’ suggestions in mind, was generally well received by those who attended the meeting, though residents asked for the inclusion of a much-desired water element to the park………..
Sustainability was a key factor in the overall design, said Laura Solano, a principal for Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates.
Officials from Harvard University and MVVA stressed that the presentation did not represent the park’s final design.
SOURCE: Allston/Brighton TAB – Ecologically sustainable park behind Honan Allston library
The Globe and Mail reports
On naked patches of land in Western Canada and the United States, scientists are planting trees that don’t belong there. It’s a bold experiment to move trees threatened by global warming into places where they may thrive amid a changing climate.
read more @ the SOURCE: The Globe and Mail – Should humans dictate nature in the name of conservation?
image source: Kansas State University
MANHATTAN — Two faculty members from Kansas State University’s College of Architecture, Planning and Design have taken gardening to new heights.
R. Todd Gabbard, assistant professor of architecture, and Lee Skabelund, an assistant professor of landscape architecture, have installed an experimental green roof — or living roof — over a third-floor breezeway in Seaton Hall’s west wing.
The garden mixes 14 grasses and other plants native to Kansas inside a border of sedum, a shallow-rooted succulent……….
SOURCE: Kansas State University – K-State professors test native plants as roofing alternative
World Landscape Architect has a new mobile text-based edition for those of you on the go and like to read on the train or sitting back at your favourite cafe reading World Landscape Architect.
To get the mobile edition you don’t have to go to a new link, just go to worldlandscapearchitect.com on your phone (most phones are supported including iPhone, Nokias, etc) and the site will appear in text version.
We also now have worldlandscapearchitect.com to save your fingers from typing. This can be used for mobile and normal browsing.
Daily Commercial News reports
California brush fires frequently make the news as they destroy homes and businesses. Supposing a brush fire occurs on top of a downtown highrise?
Read more at the SOURCE: Daily Commercial News – Fire safety concerns raised for green roofs
Image Credit: Brooklyn Botanic Garden
With the approach of its centennial in 2010, the Garden looks forward to both celebrating past achievements and creating new ways to engage and inspire future generations. In this spirit, BBG is pleased to unveil plans for an extraordinary new Visitor Center pavilion, which will break ground in summer 2009 and open in 2011. Already receiving acclaim, it has been presented with a prestigious Award for Excellence in Design by the Public Design Commission of the City of New York.
The proposed building is the design of the award-winning New York City architectural firm of Weiss/Manfredi, known for its sensitive integration of architecture, art, infrastructure, and landscape design.
SOURCE: Brooklyn Botanic Garden: Visitor Center
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