Urban expert offers advice on San Francisco

“There’s too little water, and too much of everything else,” Gehl said. “It has gone completely overboard in the quick-buck focus – how to skim a half-day tourist.”

“Gehl was in San Francisco last week as a guest of the Planning Department, which has engaged Gehl’s firm to recommend how the city’s streets and sidewalks can be made more enticing to bicyclists and pedestrians.”

read more @ the SOURCE: SFGate.com – Urban expert offers advice on San Francisco.

Is Farmland Preservation Worthwhile? – Planetizen

Preserving farmland has always been a major issue in the U.S. But as Bill Fulton discusses, the local economic results don’t quite justify the efforts.

“The longtime farmers say they’re losing money. Even the organic farmers, who are making money, fear that proximity to urban development — and the complaints that arise — will drive them out of business. The farmland is worth far, far more for development than for farming. So why save it? Is there an economic development purpose to farmland preservation?”

Read more @ the SOURCE: Is Farmland Preservation Worthwhile? – Planetizen.

Pentagon Memorial dedicated today

“The Pentagon memorial will be inaugurated today 7 years after 9/11. This memorial is the result of a competition won by KBAS Studio, who worked closely with the familiars of the victims. Pre fabrication and computer modelling where vital on the design and construction process of this memorial.”

For pictures of the memorial and its construction go to Arch Daily designed by KBAS Studio

Read more @ the SOURCE: Pentagon Memorial / KBAS Studio | Arch Daily.

The Central Promontory mound takes shape on the site of the AICCM

Oklahoma has a unique history that differentiates it from any other state in the nation.  Oklahoma’s newest earthen architectural landform, the “Central Promontory Mound” located at the American Indian Cultural Center & Museum (AICCM) is rising proudly on the Oklahoma River. Strategically positioned at the intersection of I-35 and I-40, east of downtown Oklahoma City, the AICCM will celebrate the remarkable continuation of culture and innovation that is prevalent throughout the state. SOURCE: Native Biz

For current pictures see Native Biz

and for contruction stage images see AICCM

Project Landscape Architects –Hargreaves

SOURCE: Hargreaves News.

Make It Green: What IS Landscape Architecture, Anyway? : News : Naples Daily News

A great article by Michael Spencer What is Landscape Architecture?

SOURCE: Make It Green: What IS Landscape Architecture, Anyway? : News : Naples Daily News.

The Associated Press: Once wilderness amid bustle, NYC rail becomes park

The first section of the $170 million High Line park set to open by the end of the year, the city’s residents are about to get their chance to see whether the project’s designers have succeeded in maintaining the sense of wilderness that so many found so evocative.

Designers: Field Operations and Diller Scofidio + Renfro

SOURCE: The Associated Press: Once wilderness amid bustle, NYC rail becomes park.

Green roofs could stop sewage from flowing into waterways

Cities could stop raw sewage from being dumped into local waterways during heavy rains if they installed more rooftop gardens on their buildings, says a Canadian environmental group.

SOURCE: cbc.ca – Green roofs could stop sewage from flowing into waterways: group.

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