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

 

This Week In Landscape | 17 February 2013

Cummins Inc | Columbus Indiana | Design by Dan Kiley | Image Credit | berriehol

Landscape links from around the world in the week that was
Dan Kiley: A great yet little known Modernist | Charles A. Birnbaum | Huffington Post
“Kiley was also among the most important, influential and personally idiosyncratic landscape architects of the 20th century and designer of more than 1,100 projects – yet today he is not well known.”

Now Atlanta Is Turning Old Tracks Green | Robby Brown | NY Times
“The BeltLine would be the most expensive rails-to-trails project, urban planners say. It would add 40 percent more parks to Atlanta. Only 4.6 percent of Atlanta is parkland….”

The World’s Largest Firms Have Been Ranked… But Does It Matter? | Vanessa Quirk | ArchDaily
“This Top 5 gives us a sense of the major players in the architectural world, but with the subjective ranking of their efficiency”

How to Make Suburbs Work Like Cities |  Trisha Riggs | Urban Land
The steady movement toward more compact suburban growth is being driven in part by generation Y, an 80 million–member demographic group that is entering the markets for housing and jobs.

Urban sprawl affects inner-ring suburbs, too | Don Jacobson | Star Tribune
“….residents of closer-in areas also say they “feel” those characteristics of sprawl in their neighborhoods despite their higher population densities, and a University of Minnesota researcher says a study she performed indicates their perception in many cases is indeed more than just a feeling.”

IMAGE CREDIT | Flickr user | berrihol | Holly Higgins

This Week in Landscape | 10 February 2013

Landscape links from around the world this week…

Landscape of professionalism | Brent Bellamy | Winnipeg Free Press
“Landscape architects work as part of a design team to ensure buildings appropriately engage the public realm, strengthening their connection to the human scale.”

The Green Team Part 9: Going Vertical | Terrie Brightman | Metropolis Magazine
The design of exterior vertical surfaces can take on many forms and configurations including green screens, green walls, cable trellis systems, wall-mounted planters, trellises, and planters housing fastigiate (columnar) species, to name a few.

The Great Exchange | Daniel Jost | Landscape Architecture Magazine
“Professors from both sides of the Pacific talk about the amazing cultural exchange happening between American and Chinese universities and the rising stature of landscape architecture in China.”

10 Best Cities for Urban Forests | American Forests
“These cities stood out among the 50 most populous cities in the nation based on a combination of six main criteria….”

Imagining a Drone-Proof City | Sarah Goodyear | Atlantic Cities
“The City hides the individual in the embrace of the community, using human traits drones cannot understand as protection. The City subverts the aggressor.”

IMAGE CREDIT | Flickr user fiat.luxury

This Week in Landscape | 2 February 2013

Another week in landscape architecture with our selection of links from around the world

Landscape Urbanism…Decoded? | OLIN
“What is landscape urbanism? Is it a method, a practice, or a result? What does this term mean to contemporary practitioners of landscape architecture?”

Landscape Architects: Please Don’t Call Us ‘Architects’ | Sommer Mathis | Atlantic Cities
ASLA goes after Atlantic Cities for spelling Olmsted wrong and calling him an architect. Also stating there is “distinction between landscape architecture and architecture…”

Detroit Mayor Announces Parks and Recreation Closures and Cuts Due to City Council’s Belle Isle Decision | City of Detroit
Detroit Mayor Dave Bing announced that 50 Detroit parks will close this spring and the operation of other City parks and recreation centers will be severely impacted, due to the Detroit City Council’s failure to approve a Belle Isle lease agreement with the State of Michigan.

Iowa State landscape architecture professor receives national planning award | Iowa State University
The American Planning Association is honoring an Iowa State University faculty member with a national award. Christopher J. Seeger, an associate professor of landscape architecture and extension specialist, will receive a 2013 National Planning Achievement Award for Transportation Planning.

Imagining in the Urban Wild | Stephen Plunkard | Stantec is…..
Could an interesting, creative and challenging outdoor experience be an alternative to video games? Would it encourage girls and boys to become planners, designers and engineers?

Global Centre for Ecosystem Management Established by UNEP and China | UNEP
The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) have established a new global centre on ecosystem management in Beijing, which is aimed at promoting ecosystem management in developing countries.

This Week in Landscape | 27 January 2013

Kew Gardens | Image Credit | Flickr User Jim Linwood

Kew Gardens | Image Credit | Flickr User Jim Linwood

The Garden in Winter | Michael Tortorello | NY Times
“…..most of the plants I could see in the home garden area at the botanical garden were not struggling to stave off death. They were comfortably dormant.”

Fields of The Moon | Alex Trevi | Venue
Venue made a detour on our exit out of Flagstaff, Arizona, to visit the old black cinder fields of an extinct volcano—where, incredibly, NASA and its Apollo astronauts once practiced their, at the time, forthcoming landing on the moon.

Energy Drink |  | Allison Maier, The New York World | Urban Omnibus 
“The city’s watershed includes 19 reservoirs, three lakes, 7,000 miles of water pipes, tunnels and aqueducts, and 7,400 miles of sewer lines — and perhaps many megawatts of untapped energy…”

Death of John Hopkins announced | Landscape Institute
“The Landscape Institute has learnt the sad news of the death of John Hopkins, project director for the parklands and public realm for the Olympic Delivery Authority.”

Laurie Olin Remembers Ada Louise Huxtable, Champion of Urban Design | OLIN
“Ada Louise Huxtable was a formidable figure, one whose writing and commentary was always informed, thoughtful, and delivered without the jargon that so often plagues architecture and art criticism. ”

How Will the Lowline Make the Leap From Idea to Reality? | Jessica Dailey | Curbed
“Because the Lowline is such an unusual and innovative idea, some people assume that the creators are oblivious to what the community wants. But Barasch stressed the fact that they have been reaching out to all community groups and businesses…..”

IMAGE CREDIT |  Flickr User Jim Linwood 

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