As a thriving community and precedent for brownfield redevelopment, Cumberland Corner |Nashville is envisioned as the new, hip destination centered on recreation and health. In blending a culture of fitness enthusiasm with sport, living, working, dining, healthcare, food production and a vibrant water front, the neighborhood becomes truly revolutionary.
On March 5 “The Bay Lights”, the world’s largest LED light sculpture, 1.8 miles wide and 500 feet high was lit. Inspired by the Bay Bridge’s 75th Anniversary, its 25,000 white LED lights are individually programmed by artist Leo Villareal to create a never-repeating, dazzling display across the Bay Bridge West Span through 2015. Shining from dusk until 2:00 a.m. for two years, it will impact over 50 million people in the Bay Area.
Redefining the 17th floor of the historic Western Publishing Building in midtown Manhattan, HM White has created a contemporary green roof garden terrace as an extension of Shorenstein Properties’ new corporate offices. The 6,500 square-foot living roof establishes a biophilic transformation of the office environment and daily employee experience. A lush, sculpted garden wraps the building and visually merges interior office spaces with a serene meadow landscape, layered in contrast to its dense urban context.
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.
The winner of the A.E Bye Research Fellowship competition has been announced; A.E. Bye Landscape Architecture Archives Research Fellow 2013 will be awarded to Richard L. Hindle, landscape architect. The review committee reported, “… Richard Hindle’s proposal was the most outstanding. Hindle’s plan to study Bye’s approach to plants–from his inspiration by Roberto Burle-Marx, to his adaptations of native plants of the NE U.S. for design-–would yield results of great interest to students and practitioners of landscape architecture.”
The Fellowship provides a $2,500 stipend for a minimum of one week of archival research in the Eberly Family Special Collections Library at Penn State’s University Park campus in State College, Pennsylvania. The records include drawings, papers, photographs, and videos of the celebrated twentieth-century American landscape architect A. E. Bye, as well as those of landscape architects John Bracken and Stuart Mertz, are held at Penn State.