This Week In Landscape | 31 March 2013

Easter Egg Hunt | Covent Garden | IMAGE CREDIT Martin Pettitt

Experimental Landscapes: Alexander Felson on Ecology and Design | Urban Omnibus
Alexander Felson, an assistant professor at Yale in both the School of Foresty & Environmental Studies and the School of Architecture, is a different kind of urban ecologist.

Data Farming: Demonstrating the Benefits of Urban Agriculture | Kyle Rogler | This Big City
“Finding available land for an urban farm is only half of the battle. The other half involves changing local zoning laws, influencing political opinion, garnering economic support, and proving the project will have a net benefit to a community.”

Michael Hough brought ecology to the cityscape | Alex Bozikovic | Globe & Mail
Mr. Hough, who died in January at 84, spent his career in pursuit of this ideal – the integration of cities with natural system

Greenway to be Built at Water Reclamation Plant by the L.A. River | Carren Jao | KCET
“Every little bit counts, especially when it comes to open space. If all goes according to plan, this June, Angelenos will be welcoming another greenway right by the Los Angeles River.”

Seismic Signals: an interview with Ken Goldberg | Venue
“The Hayward Fault runs through the center of the UC Berkeley campus, famously splitting the university’s football stadium in half from end to end.”

Sevilla, Spain: City of Tile and Stone | A Landscape Architect and a Passport
Another post from A Landscape Architect and a Passport by William “Drew” Langston

IMAGE CREDIT | Flickr User | Martin Pettit

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This Week in Landscape | 24 March 2013

Landscape links from around world published in the last week

What is a Landscape Architect? | Katrina | Exscapes
“America isn’t keeping up with advances in planning issues and sustainable design. Businesses should be soaking up all the landscape architects they can. Many are also giving up their title because it is expensive to maintain a practicing license and many are not able to keep up with it due to layoffs.”

From Parking Lot to Paradise – the Revenge of Urban Agriculture | Charles Birnbaum | The Cultural Landscape Foundation
“Today, however, we have home food production, urban farming, productive gardens, or whatever else you might want to call this movement – and it’s hot.”

The Fearless Grady Clay | Daniel Jost | Landscape Architecture Magazine
“Few journalists have had a greater impact on the field of landscape architecture than Grady Clay, Honorary ASLA, who died on Sunday at the age of 96. He was the editor of this magazine for nearly a quarter century—from 1960 to 1984.”

Out now: Topos 82, About Landscape
Latest edition of Topos Magazine – “All around the world people associate something different with the term landscape.”

Faculty Wins Minneapolis Creative City Challenge | LSU – Robert Reich Landscape School of Landscape Architecture 
Director and Associate Professor Bradley Cantrell working with Invivia + urbainDRC won the Minneapolis Creative City Challenge with their proposal: The Minneapolis Interavtive Macro Mood Installation (MIMMI).

New Filipino landscape architects as results of Landscape Architect Licensure Examination announced
The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) announces that 20 out of 31 passed the Landscape Architect Licensure Examination given by the Board of Landscape Architecture in Manila this March 2013.

We Moved! | Landscape Architecture Foundation
In line with the organization’s growth, LAF has moved to a new office in downtown Washington,

This Week In Landscape | 10 March 2013

Laurie Olin Receives Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal in Architecture | OLIN blog
Founding Partner Laurie Olin has been honored by the University of Virginia and the Thomas Jefferson Foundation with the 2013 Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal in Architecture.

2013 CSI Firms and Projects Announced | Landscape Architecture Foundation
“A total of 20 design firms and 24 projects have been selected for LAF’s 2013 Case Study Investigation (CSI) program.CSI is a unique research collaboration that matches LAF-funded faculty-student research teams with leading practitioners to document the benefits of exemplary high-performing landscape projects.”

15 Beautiful New York City Trees (And Why They Matter) | Hana Alberts | Curbed NY
“This project, Swett told us, is an homage not only to the physical beauty of some of the city’s underappreciated flora but also trees’ symbolic value”

Wooing Suburban Drivers With Cheap Parking: A Losing Strategy for Cities | Angie Schmitt | Streets Blog
“There may be nothing sadder than distressed cities trying to compete with the suburbs by adding more parking spaces.”

A Wave of Public Art for New York City | Carol Vogel | NY Times
“All around New York City plans are quietly proceeding for this season’s new crop of public art.”

Something Fishy About London’s Most Innovative Urban Farm | Joe Peach | this big city
Kate Hofman and Tom Webster are planning what they call ‘London’s most innovative urban farm’ made from a greenhouse on top of a shipping container.

Multitasking Infrastructures: A Conversation with Sheila Kennedy and Veit Kugel | Urban Omnibus
“The RFP for the landings called for inter-modal passenger terminals and shelters, commuter ferry boat docking facilities, site improvements, and community amenities as a means to encourage public use of the East River waterfront…”

This Week In Landscape | 3 March 2013

This Week In Landscape | 3 March 2013

Vancouver | Coal Harbour | Flickr User alans1948

Landscape links from around the world during the week of 25 February to 3 March 2013

Landscape Performance Research: The Economics of Change | Jason Twill, LEED AP and Stuart Cowan, PhD | Landscape Architecture Foundation
The overarching goal of The Economics of Change is to shift mainstream real estate practices to document the full value of a built environment that is compatible with healthy, natural systems.

The Most Important Urban Design Decision Vancouver Ever Made? | Brent Toderian | Huffington Post
“In 1997, the city approved its first transformative Transportation Plan. Co-written through a first-time (and not easy) partnership between city planners and transportation engineers, the plan was a game-changer for our city-making model in many ways….”

The Green Team Part 10: POPS for the People…and the Developer | Zeina Zahalan | Metropolis Magazine
“The primary goal of POPS is to unite function with aesthetics—to create public spaces that provide respite in the city’s dense urban fabric.”

Urbanization of the People Must Follow That of the Land | Lan Fang | Caixin
The core of urbanization lies not only in large-scale city building and expansion of industrial parks, but also in the great migration of people from farm villages into cities.

Pedestrian Friendly Streetscape in Santa Cruz | William Langston | A Landscape Architect and a Passport
“So when we were in Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island I was immediately taken by the impressive streetscape improvements to the main streets in town.”

Sequestration Frustration, Close to Home | OLIN Blog
“Clearly the politics of this question run deep, and as advocates of the urban public realm, we can’t hope to remain unbiased. But maybe if we, as advocates and citizens, can join the conversation, we can encourage the power players in Washington to start talking as well.”

A Blog’s Adieu | New York Times
Sadly, the New York Times Green blog has been shutdown to focus on other areas.

IMAGE CREDIT | Flickr User alans1948

This Week In Landscape | 24 February 2013

Gorse over looking Edinburgh (2012) | Image Credit Flickr user somekindofrob

This week’s Landscape Links from around the world…………

To Control Floods, The Dutch Turn to Nature for Inspiration | Cheryl Katz | Yale e360
The Sand Engine is the signature project of Building with Nature, a consortium of Dutch industries, universities, research institutes, and public water agencies looking to harness natural systems for next-generation hydraulic engineering.

Conservationists hope to turn a disused Paris railway line into a nature trail | Sophie Landrin | Guardian
“So what should Paris do with this secret hideaway? Leave it to run wild, or turn it into a park? The city council has launched a consultation process involving residents and neighbourhood groups, the aim being to take a decision at the end of the year.”

National Parks on a Precipice | Leslie Macmillian | NY Times
“Unless Congress can reach a budget agreement by March 1, the country’s national parks will be hit by a $110 million budget cut, resulting in shuttered camp grounds, shorter seasons, road closings….”

From Denial to Integrated Solutions | Steven Apfelbaum | Metropolis Magazine
“If Sandy has taught us anything, it is that nature will always have the last word—a word that can seem unpredictable from our time-limited perspective. Nature takes the long view, repeatedly adapting to changes.”

2013 CSI Research Fellows Announced | Landscape Architecture Foundation
“Eight faculty Research Fellows have been selected for LAF’s 2013 Case Study Investigation (CSI) program. CSI is a unique research collaboration that matches LAF-funded faculty and student research teams with design firms to document the benefits of exemplary high-performing landscape projects as Landscape Performance Series Case Study Briefs.”

Plantwatch: ‘When gorse is out of bloom, kissing is out of season’ | Paul Simons | Guardian
“Gorse flowers are at their best around this time of year although they stay in flower most of the year, hence the saying “When gorse is out of bloom, kissing is out of season”.”

Living in Lafayette Park | Danielle Aubert, Lana Cavar, and Natasha Chandani | Metropolis Magazine
“The various views are all interesting and they’re all different. It’s surprising how the view of the Meadow from my neighbor’s house just three doors down is quite different from mine.”

Paint Is Not Enough | Erik Griswold | Copenhagenize.com
“Physical separation using traffic islands or raised aprons or recessed curbing as seen in places like Long Beach, California or Missoula, (yes, Missoula!) Montana or Richmond, British Columbia show what is already in use in North America.”

Image Credit | Flickr user somekindofrob

 

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