There are many ways to skin a state-budget crisis, and in the face of California’s, Berkeley landscape architecture and environmental planning students came up with one of their own: a mini-version of the Great Depression’s most enduring public-works program.
Putting their landscaping expertise to work at Oakland’s Claremont Middle School are UC Berkeley students for three days, the students of the Landscape Progress Administration applied their expertise and muscle to projects in East Bay parks and schools left high and dry by the ongoing drought of state funding — including UC Berkeley itself.
Landscape architects will be among the leaders in the battle to keep Queenslanders cool – and outside – as the world deals with climate change, according to QUT’s Professor Gini Lee.
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the first graduates in landscape architecture from Queensland University of Technology and Professor Lee is looking forward to the positive impact her students will have on the world over the next 40 years.
There are only seven university programs in landscape architecture in Australia and QUT’s Brisbane-based program is focused on the region’s subtropical climate.
“We want to encourage a more positive attitude to how people deal with climate change issues in Queensland, whether they are students, residents or planners,” she said.
“We have a great opportunity to improve the public urban spaces in south-east Queensland and look at how we live and exist in this climate.
“Everyone at the moment is finding it difficult in the heat. When it comes to public spaces, we do need shade and shelter and there’s still work to be done to provide adequate levels of this in all areas.”
Professor Lee cited Brisbane’s South Bank as an example of a public space that successfully provided various shelter options while still embracing an outdoor lifestyle.
“The challenge for landscape architects is to provide diverse and remarkable spaces that meet the needs of the wide group of people who come together in public areas,” she said.
“It will be interesting to see how development along other areas of the Brisbane River progresses – the city needs good landscape architecture that is an interface of infrastructure, design, art, ecology, practicality, and sustainability.”
The Boston Architectural College is pleased to announce the addition of a Master of Landscape Architecture Program. Approval from the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education for this five year professional degree program, at the graduate level, was received in November following a three-day team visit that resulted in a highly supportive report.
The Master of Landscape Architecture Program at the Boston Architectural College will promote and support faculty and student interdisciplinary research and education in the context of Boston and the surrounding areas. The School will act as a repository of knowledge and research in the exploration of public green spaces, interstitial urban spaces, geology, hydrology, urban ecology, history, and culture in the greater Boston area. While the programs emphasis will be on the urban condition, the breadth of knowledge and research will extend to the Charles River and Mystic River Watersheds, the state, the region, and the Northeast Corridor.
Spaces of Labour (S.O.L.), which began its life as a series of mapping exercises with students at Strathclyde University’s Department of Architecture, has been developed into a touring exhibition, publication and website inviting a considered investigation of how capitalist work practices were organised spatially and of the architecture of the workplace.
Edinburgh College of Art is delighted to launch Vision, a major new publication about its current and future research projects in the creative disciplines.
A lavishly illustrated book, Vision includes focus features on the College’s current research groups as well as profiles of over 100 staff and their ‘visions’ of future research developments.
With the aim of progressing lively and accessible public engagement with academic research, Vision presents ground-breaking creative thinking across a vast range of art, design, architecture and landscape architecture disciplines. It also highlights the increase in cross-disciplinary and external collaboration in projects where experts in architecture, digital design, visual communications, business, anthropology, medical and computer science work with us to develop imaginative solutions to theoretical and practical issues.