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.

Redesigning a polluted province in Italy – International Herald Tribune

For places as far gone as this one, however, a new breed of landscape architects is recommending a radical solution: not so much to restore the environment as to redesign it.

Read more @ the SOURCE: Redesigning a polluted province in Italy – International Herald Tribune.

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 world’s 50 most beautiful gardens – Part one: Europe – Telegraph

Telegraph.co.uk is listing the world’s 50 most beautiful gardens a great list and quick summary for all those students learning landscape architecture history. Also good for those of us who have dreamt of travelling around the world visiting beautiful gardens.

The world’s 50 most beautiful gardens – Part one: Europe – Telegraph.

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.

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