This Week In Landscape | 28 April 2013

With nature in mind | Harvard Gazette
A video of Kongjian Yu focusing on the problems presented by China’s rapid urbanization, espousing a philosophy that would have planners consider the environment first.

Are Landscape Architects & Engineers Frenemies? | Nathalie Shanstrom | Sustainable Cities Collaborative
“Successful design of trees as stormwater infrastructure requires a collaborative, holistic approach that can satisfy the needs of both specialties.”

What’s Your Major: Landscape Architecture | Reema Abi-Akar | The Daily Illini
“Every time you touch the land, you make an impact on it,” Reynolds said. “So we really try to learn in ways that are … going to grow and help the community economically and socially.”

A Six-Year Grassroots Effort Planted in Time for Earth Day | studionelevenblog
A not-so-uncommon conversation between neighbors about the lack of pedestrian safety on their street escalated into an urban intervention that would reshape and green one of the busiest streets of their Long Beach, CA neighborhood.

Grand Opening for Bullitt Center and McGilvra Place Park | berger partnership
Earth Day marked the grand opening for the Bullitt Center and McGilvra Place Park.

Jerusalem wins design award for park | By Daniel K. Eisenbud | The Jerusalem Post
“The Jerusalem Municipality won an award for the design and construction of the Railroad Park.” Jerusalem Railway Park by Tichnun-Nof Landscape Architects.

This Week In Landscape | 21 April 2013

Landscape Architecture in the Chinese context | Marc Deuschle | ArchitectureAU
“It was only recently that landscape architecture became a stand-alone degree in China, and the first graduates only began to emerge in the early 2000s. Together with returned foreign-taught practitioners they are now establishing themselves in both locally owned and foreign-owned design offices.”

Three Keys to creating Great ‘Good Places’ | Carl Meyer | Perkins+Will Blog
“As the world continues to urbanize, the importance of design and the idea of “place” will become more and more important to the livability of cities.”

Cultural Fluency: Intersections of Art and Urbanism | Jonathan Tarleton | Urban Omnibus
“The exhibited projects all have a performative or public quality, which a display in the glowing white box of the gallery fails to fully capture.”

100 Urban Interventions in 1 Day | Joe Peach | This Big City
“…each putting in place the projects and changes they want to see in their city all on the same day? That’s the goal of 100en1día (100 in 1 day) – a social movement originating from Bogotá, Colombia, which aims to inspire citizen driven change on a significant scale, transforming cities over a 24 hour period.”

Garden designs that give back | Bill Lahay | Miami Herald
“Gardens grow our food, give us shade, calm frazzled nerves and nudge us toward the deep solace that a quiet connection with the natural world can provide.”

Keeping it green during drought | Jim Beal | My San Antonio
“The same principles that apply to large-scale projects also cover the work weekend gardeners do on their lawns, just on a different scale.”

Herbs can spice up your landscape design | Scott Hininger | Sheridan Press
“Ounce for ounce, many herbs used to flavor our foods have more antioxidant power than berries, fruits, and vegetables, according to Agricultural Research Service study.”

A Pox on Your Flowers | Anne Raver | NY Times
“A mysterious strain of downy mildew has been killing one of the home gardener’s favorite annual flowers, Impatiens walleriana, up and down the East and West Coasts, in the Midwest, Texas and Ontario.”

This Week In Landscape | 14 April 2013

Cherry Blossom | Washington DC | IMAGE CREDIT | Cherry Festival

Cherry Blossom | Washington DC | IMAGE CREDIT | National Cherry Blossom Festival

IFLA World Congress Opening Address | Stephen Brown, NZILA President | Scoop
“In addressing many of the issues that I have alluded to, it seems to me that landscape architects will bring three highly important ingredients to the table: a discipline that melds the arts and sciences – integrating, not divorcing them from one another; appreciation of cultural values and diversity; and the ability – indeed proclivity – to work in an integrative or facilitative capacity with one another and with other disciplines.”

A Wilder Way | Noel Kingsbury | NY Times T Magazine
“Piet Oudolf, the Dutch designer who is responsible for the planting in both of these public projects, is also much in demand for planting private gardens, like this one in Nantucket…”

A Park for the Ages | Kathy Blaha | City Parks Blog
Kathy looks at the lessons learned as it approaches its tenth anniversary.

The Green Team Part 12: Dumpster Diving – Are Container Forests in Our Future? | Lisa DuRussel | Metropolis Magazine
“One of these strategies is a container forest. The successful use (and reuse) of shipping containers and dumpsters has been demonstrated in the architectural realm…”

Eco-Visualization: Aesthetics for Sustainability | Juliet Helmke | Urban Omnibus
“Juliet Helmke traces the origins and prospects of a genre of art that aims to educate and more effectively influence consumer behavior through the reinterpretation of ecological data.”

Find out if your house will be underwater by 2100 | Robert T. Gonzalez | io9.com
The folks at Climate Central have put together an interactive map applicationthat lets you see how rising seas will effect coastal regions of the United States over the next century.

New Satelitte-based systeme will track illegal deforestation in real time | Yale Environment e360
A coalition of organizations has unveiled a digital tool its developers say will help governments, environmental groups, and local communities monitor illegal logging in the world’s forest regions in real time

This Week in Landscape | 7 April 2013

This weeks landscape links from around the world.

Mahindra World City: The Future of Gated Communities? |By Oliver Balch at Green Futures | The Big City
“Mahindra World City sets out to take the gated community concept – safe, separate, exclusive – and give it a sustainability spin.”

Landscape Architect Exhibits New Ceramic Sculptures | Arthur Whitman | Ithaca.com
“Marc Peter Keane is an accomplished Ithaca-based landscape architect and writer specializing in contemporary Japanese-inspired gardens.”

NZ first for landscape architecture | Voxy.co.nz
“For the first time New Zealand will host the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) World Council meeting and World Congress . The World Council meeting on April 11 at SkyCity in Auckland will be the Federation’s 50th World Congress, and is hosted by the NZ Institute of Landscape Architects.”

Top Landscape Architects Visit CSU to Discuss Projects that Blend Natural and Built Environments | Colorado State University
Laurie Olin, Christine Reed, James Lord, and Walter Hood will give separate lectures on April 9-12 as part of the 20th annual Landscape Architecture Days Lecture Series; all the talks are free and open to the public. More info at CSU

ASLA | April is National Landscape Architecture Month
National Landscape Architecture Month = Healthy Living Through Design 2013

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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