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.
On the southern face of the Freshkills landfill’s North mound, four large ponds of salt water capture and store heat radiating from both the sun and the landfill. Each pond is coupled with a tall solar chimney that extracts the heat and converts it to electricity. Multiple smaller salt ponds utilize the same heat to create an artificial hot springs for New York: The Solar Baths at Freshkills Park. The entire system is driven by the concept of the heat-cascade: the multi-stage reuse of residual thermal energy by temperature level. It aims to make that concept tangible to New Yorkers by inviting them to bathe in the heat of their own trash.
Design Adds Value to the Commonswas a design symposium hosted by The University of Kentucky College of Design in conjunction with Lexington’s Downtown Development Authority’s Town Branch Commons Design Competition. Design Adds Value to the Commons was five landscape architects discussing the importance of good design for downtown development and including presentations by
Mark Johnson of Civitas, Shane Coen of Coen+Partners, Petra Blaisse of Inside Outside, Julien de Smedt & Diana Balmori of JDS Architects/Balmori Associates and Kate Orff of Scape