This Week in Landscape | 20 April 2014

Another week of interesting landscape architecture news, articles and more…

Addressing Infrastructure Problems With Landscape Architecture | Catherine Yang | Epoch Times
“In helping people understand the role of landscape architecture, Drake hopes to prevent misguided policies. Hurricane Sandy has brought a greater interest in resiliency and sustainability citywide.”

The Flora of the Future | Peter Del Tredici | Places Observer
“The concept of ecological restoration, as developed over the past 20 years, rests on the mistaken assumption that we can somehow bring back past ecosystems by removing invasive species and replanting native species.”

Urban physics | Elizabeth Thomson | MIT News
“That serendipitous observation has since led to research that is tying together the seemingly disparate disciplines of physics and urban planning. “Ultimately, I believe there’s potential for this to become a new field of study,” says Ulm, the George Macomber Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering…..”

Zen and now | Megan Backhouse | The Age
An acclaimed design firm (TCL) takes an abstract approach to landscape architecture.

Bicycle-Friendly Cobblestones | Mikael Colville-Andersen | Copenghanize
“On a street in the centre of Copenhagen, there are now smoother strips along the curbs for bicycle users to use.”

Suburbs Are Out, Cities Are In — Now What? | Charles Komanoff | Streets Blog
“…. the great inversion, urbanologist Alan Ehrenhalt has dubbed this reversal of the suburbanization wave that swept through the U.S.”

Garden Museum gets set for Green Infrastructure Week | Landscape Institute
“The Landscape Institute joins English Heritage and the National Trust as partners supporting a comprehensive programme of events running from 28 April to 2 May.”

This Week In Landscape | 13 April 2014

Discover a Career in Landscape Architecture | Dirt | ASLA
The American Society of Landscape Architects has launched a new Career Discovery web site to help young people explore the profession of landscape architecture.

Life in the Urban Forest | Michelle Sutton | Chronogram.com
“Urban forestry gives us tools to analyze a site and then match the right tree to the particular conditions of that site. It asks, what are the toughest tree species for these stressful conditions? …”

The profession understands the value of landscape but it needs to get its message across and learn to lead | Landscape Institute
“The sixth and last in the current series of Landscape Futures debates acted as a rallying cry for the profession, with both the main speaker and the two respondents calling for the profession to make its voice heard and spread the message of the importance of landscape and the difference that landscape professionals can make.”

Diana Balmori landscapes show how Cleveland could become greener, healthier and more beautiful | Cleveland.com
Cities increasingly are turning to landscape architects to solve big problems with ecological methods and aesthetic sensibilities that lie beyond the scope of other design professions.

Continue reading This Week In Landscape | 13 April 2014

This Week In Landscape | 5 April 2014

Landscape Architects Edwina von Gal, Mikyoung Kim and Kate Orff Share Their Favorite Things | Wall Street Journal | Lindsey Taylor
“Three trailblazing landscape designers are unearthing ways to improve the boundaries where man meets nature, using everything from oyster beds to interactive color walls to ensure that new developments harmoniously exist alongside their natural environments”

City publishes how-to manual for downtown parklets | Jim Harger | Mlive
“Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. (DGRI) and the city of Grand Rapids unveiled a colorful 46-page manual for downtown property owners who want to install “parklets” in front of their addresses.”

April is National Landscape Architecture Month | ASLA
ASLA have a list of landscape architecture events occurring this month across the USA.

Registration is now open for the 2014 LI Awards. | Landscape Institute
LI members now have the opportunity to submit their projects for 15 Award categories registrations due Wednesday 30 April and the submission deadline is Friday 4 July.

100 Cities Will Soon Have Their First-Ever Chief Resilience Officers | Adele Peters | Fast Co Design
“Cities are beginning to hire chief resilience officers. The role comes as part of the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities Centennial Challenge, which is putting $100 million into helping build future-proof cities; for the selected cities, a salary for a chief resilience officer is part of the prize.”

New Satellite Boosts Research On Global Rainfall and Climate | Nicola Jones | Yale e360
“Although it may seem simple, measuring rainfall worldwide has proven to be a difficult job for scientists. But a recently launched satellite is set to change that, providing data that could help in understanding whether global rainfall really is increasing as the planet warms.”

This Week in Landscape | 30 March 2014

Another week of great landscape news and information from around the world……

Predicting future biodiversity under climate change | John Abraham | Guardian
“Since many species and their associated ecosystem services – which are essential to society – are threatened with the extinction due to climate change, it is essential that we develop and implement new techniques and strategies to prevent these losses from occurring.”

How to fix New York city’s parks | Alexandra Lange | New Yorker
“The city’s center of gravity has been shifting away from Manhattan for some time, creating alternative cultural, institutional, and recreational hubs in the outer boroughs.”

On Ravaged Tar Sands Lands, Big Challenges for Reclamation | Ed Struzik | Yale e360
“Like it or not, the reclamation debt is growing and it will continue to grow as oil sands companies move to double production,” says Bayley. “If this continues without a clear wetlands reclamation policy, we will have more than 65 percent less peatland and very little of the plant and animal life that existed there in the past.”

Marian Coffin a female landscaping pioneer | Moira Sheridan | Delaware Online
“As one of a handful of female landscape architects in an arena dominated by men, she made a successful living designing landscapes in the first half of the 20th century.”

Continue reading This Week in Landscape | 30 March 2014

This Week In Landscape | 23 March 2014

VIDEO | SOIL MAKING from Teresa Pereira on Vimeo. | Society for Ecological Restoration | Temple University-Ambler Chapter | Department of Landscape Architecture and Horticulture

Rebuilding the Natural World: A Shift in Ecological Restoration | Richard Conniff | Yale e360
From forests in Queens to wetlands in China, planners and scientists are promoting a new approach that incorporates experiments into landscape restoration projects to determine what works to the long-term benefit of nature and what does not.

Water Management In Post Conflict Countries Critical To Peacebuilding And Economic Recovery New Study | UNEP
Cooperation over water management, the study says, can serve to restore trust among divided communities as well as between neighboring countries.

Sue Illman welcomes budget spending on flooding but queries amount | Landscape Institute
“Sue Illman, president of the Landscape Institute, has issued a response to George Osborne’s budget announcement. She says, ‘The LI recently wrote to the Prime Minister in connection with the government’s approach to flooding saying that we needed a comprehensive and integrated range of water management techniques.”

How NYC’s Marion Weiss Merges Landscape and Architecture | Lamar Anderson | Curbed NY
“As a small, polyglot practice in New York, Weiss/Manfredi had over the years built a reputation for turning out rigorous, sliced and stepped earthwork-style projects that treat landscape and architecture as a single medium.”

Continue reading This Week In Landscape | 23 March 2014

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