This Week in Landscape | 14 September 2014

These Synthetic Landscapes Respond To Nature In Real Time To Protect Us-And The Planet | Adele Peters | Fast Co.
A landscape architect [Bradley Cantrell] imagines a world where levees react automatically to floods and tiny robots keep water clean from pollution.

LA River proposed as the city’s next great public space | Allison Engel | USC News
Bridges, overpasses and underused lots are seen as potential sites for permanent arts installations

Urban Plunge – open swimming in the heart of the city | Jane Withers | Ecologist
“With the growing trend for natural swimming in cities new opportunities are opening for architects and designers to create dramatic, inspiring, enjoyable new public spaces in urban waterways….”

Turkey’s natural, cultural heritage jeopardized by construction boom | SALİM AVCI | Sunday’s Zarman
“Experts have pointed out that if the forest north of İstanbul is destroyed, the city will no longer be able to breathe, and it will lose its water sources”

Sunk: City cuts swimming pool barge from waterfront design plan
“The city has decided to nix a floating barge with a swimming pool from plans for a vast new public space along Seattle’s downtown waterfront.”

Landscape architecture students get an Oneida Rail Trail wish-list | Bill Lucia | Crosscut.com
“….about 20 landscape architecture students from SUNY ESF in Syracuse worked with groups of interested city residents to compile a “wish list” of what they would like to see in future developments of Rail Trail sections.”

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Inquiry announced into flood mitigation and resilience | Landscape Institute
“The All Party Parliamentary Group for Excellence in the Built Environment has announced its 3rd Inquiry. It will look at the problems caused to the UK by flooding and examine the potential for greater mitigation of these problems and significantly improving flood resilience including the potential for adaptation to changing environmental pressures.”

Rock star | Charmaine Chan | South China Morning Post
Zen priest Shunmyo Masuno designs sublime gardens around the world and the man of many hats has brought his concept of minimalist beauty to Sheung Wan.

From bald prairie to urban forest, Calgary’s treescape has come a long way | Richard White | Calgary Herald
“Today, Calgary boasts 445,000 trees in our groomed parks and boulevards, worth an estimated $400 million. The value of individual trees ranges from $300 to $33,000.”

Garden cities are back in vogue, and that’s good for debate about where to build homes | Anthony Alexander | The Conversation
“Today, a renaissance of the Edwardian garden city idea seeks to challenge the piecemeal in-fill of urban centres and former industrial sites, or the slow creep of suburbia via urban extensions.”

Design profile: Q&A with Marcel Wilson of Bionic Landscape Architecture | Jordan Guinn | SFgate.com
“Marcel Wilson, the principal of San Francisco-based Bionic Landscape Architecture, sees every project as a possibility for invention.”

9/11 names to remember are fading away | David Abel | Boston Globe
“A decade after officials inaugurated it in a quiet corner of the Boston Public Garden, the muted memorial to the 206 people with ties to Massachusetts who died in the terrorist attacks appears to be deteriorating.”

 

This Week in Landscape | 31 August 2014

Pounding the pavement will make these ISU students better landscape architects
It’s summertime and the learning is easy. But the work is hard for nine Iowa State University landscape architecture students who are finishing their internship project at the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women (ICIW) in Mitchellville. For them, pounding the pavement has taken on a whole new meaning.

What kids can teach architects about design | Maria Patsarika | Washington Post
“The architects we interviewed overwhelmingly thought that children brought fresh perspectives and uninhibited curiosity, leading them to explore alternative scenarios.”

Landscape Architects Back in Red Hot Demand | Andrew Heaton | sourceable
“In its most recent announcement, the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects says that compared with May and June, the number of advertised positions on its web site was up by 50 percent in July and August.”

Rethinking the lawn in an age of environmental crises | David Quick | Post & Courier
“Some are starting to say it’s not, for both practical and environmental reasons, and are converting a part or all of their lawns to a combination of gravel, “green” ground cover and food or flower gardens.”

Could Olmsted & Bartholomew’s 100-year-old parks plan finally happen in Los Angeles | Sam Lubell | ArchPaper
The idea started in 2005, when the Amigos de Los Rios laid out a 17-mile loop of parks and greenways (often underutilized spaces owned by public agencies) along the Río Hondo and San Gabriel Rivers on the east side of Los Angeles.

Lessons for the Shore | Sasaki Associates – Blog
Coastal communities along the eastern seaboard were not always in such danger. Early settlers built their towns along protected waterways rather than directly on ocean shores to insulate themselves from threats.

This Week in Landscape | 24 August 2014

Spaces and Places by Kevin Sloan Studio from lynda.com on Vimeo.

Working out of the Box: Julia Watson of “Studio Rede” | Amelia Taylor-Hochberg | Archinect
“Watson trained as a landscape architect with an interest in places significant to indigenous peoples, but lacking formal recognition by conservationists. Often unknown by institutions like UNESCO, this “shadow” conservation network needs not only protection, but careful management and understanding. These places are the focus of Studio Rede.”

Putting nature at the heart of sustainable cities | Vaidehi Shah | Eco-Business
“Leading architect behind Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay, Andrew Grant, says that cities need to set aside space for forests, wetlands and wildlife to be sustainable and liveable.”

Why young people find gardening cooler than the movies | Olivia Goldhill | The Telegraph
“Weeding and digging are perfect ways to disconnect from a life spent in front of screens, says the 27-year-old who won a gold medal at the 2014 Chelsea Flower Show”

A Beach Project Built on Sand | Robert S. Young | New York Times
“Fire Island National Seashore is a perfect example of a place where storm impacts should be viewed as a natural event. Storms are an important part of barrier island sustainability. The waters that wash over the island also pile sand on top of the barrier, adding to the overall elevation of the island itself. The Corps’ proposed dunes will block that process.”

New York to build oyster wall to protect Staten Island | Construction Manager
“Design consultancy Parsons Brinckerhoff and architect Scape/Landscape Architecture have secured a $60 million grant to build the scheme, as part of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Rebuild by Design competition.”

This Week in Landscape | 17 August 2014

Landscape on the Front Lines: Resiliency Begins on Site – 7.29.14 from Center for Architecture on Vimeo.

Fears over Heatherwick’s garden bridge | Jim Dunton | bdonline.co.uk
City planners have fears that the new bridge will significantly reduced or completely obstruct views and damage the area’s “historic fabric”.

Instead of Killing Lawns, we should be banning golf | Charles Davis | Vice
“It’s irresponsible for golf courses to be as green as they are in California,” said Keats. Instead of dark green fairways, “we could have California brownways, with rock and with dirt and with scrub—the kind of vegetation that naturally grows here. We’re not in Scotland. Why are we pretending that we are?”

Designing Tattnall Square Park’s Rain Gardens | Andrew Silver | City Parks Blog

Victoria Taylor: Landscape architect | Kevin Richie | NOW
“Apart from creative vision and attention to construction, a good landscape architect has a deep love for and curiosity about plants and the diverse beauty and dynamic processes of the natural world. That’s the bottom line, the critical foundation for the design of our spaces.”

Cal Poly names interim chair of landscape architecture department | Nick Wilson | The Tribune
David J. Watts has been named interim chair of the landscape architecture department of Cal Poly’s College of Architecture & Environmental Design.

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