This year’s Parker Medalist is the Institute of Contemporary Art, on the South Boston waterfront. No surprise here, since the ICA is probably the most praised new Boston building in years. The architects are the New York firm of Diller Scofidio + Renfro, with local associates Perry Dean Rogers.
ICA’s new space is honored as a work of art – The Boston Globe.
Forget what you know about the palm, that topknot-on-a-pole that punctuates much of Los Angeles. Come Feb. 16, when the Renzo Piano-designed Broad Contemporary Art Museum opens at LACMA, you’re going to be reacquainted with the tree. Your impressions will never be the same.
Over the last year, artist Robert Irwin and landscape architect Paul Comstock have been “curating” a collection of palms that will function as a living LACMA display—an ever-changing exhibition of botanical sculpture that introduces Piano’s addition and links the elements of the museum’s campus
Palm Pilots – Los Angeles Times – Susan Heeger
KIM SEVERSON looks at the quandry facing New York of where to place a permanent food market. Kim looks at Greenmarkets and locations in New York that could satisfy the need and hunger for a market in the Big Apple.
Hungary for a Market, But Where? – New York Times
Calgary is looking towards the future when in 2035 some 70,000 people will live in the downtown core and in 2025, 180,000 people will work there. Calgary is an Winter Olympic host city that is planning its future and looking towards international and national examples of good and bad developments.
Calgary needs to develop into city with an exciting downtown core with life and activity. However it needs to mix the uses of the city and not dedicate areas to one use activities. It needs to mix the civic, cultural, commercial, urban and green uses to make a dynamic urban environment to serve the new and existing population in Calgary.
Also Calgary needs to invest more sustainable infrastructure for transport and also expand the +15 network so that the new residents of the downtown core can move from home to workplace to afterwork activities easily.
Lets hope the City, Developers, Retails and the people of Calgary can capitalise on this new vision.
Article inspired by ‘Planners envision vibrant makeover’ – by Mario Toneguzzi – Calgary Herald
In Hawaii a law has recently been introduced that requires complaints against engineers, surveyors and landscape architects registered in Hawaii to be filed first with the state’s Design Claim Conciliation Panel. The introduction of this law will reduce the number of frivolous and fraudulent lawsuits against professionals.
The state of Hawaii has taken a great step towards reduce the burden on the judicial system. Many countries and states have realised that Arbitration and Concilliation is a far better alternative for complainants and professionals to settle disputes. This method of dispute resolution reduces costs and time spent for both parties to settle disputes.
I foresee that this approach of dispute resolution will become popular with states and other countries as they realize that courts are often bogged down with claims that could have been easily solved with a mediator. Changes like this also allow professionals to concentrate on practicing their profession and less on defending themselves in court which is often costly and unnecessary.
Read more from the press release issued by Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs
Anita Clark interviews Professor Arnold Alanen a man who ‘sees the world through different eyes’. Professor Alanen talks about how cultural landscapes exhibit links to past uses and human influences.
A professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Wisconsin –Madison looks at cultural landscapes to interpret our past and their influence on public spaces and uses.
His interpretations of cultural landscape also show how cultures evolve over time through periods of growth and change.
Read more in WISCONSIN STATE JOURNAL – Anita Clark or for those with an interest in Wiscounsin landscape you can read his new book ‘Morgan Park’ from Amazon.com
As we reported earlier this month that Phoenix had dropped the controversial art piece by Janet Echelman. However the city has had a change of heart and decided after the public rallied for the sculpture to be reinstated.
Read more at Newsweek