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 

This Week in Landscape | 20 January 2013

This Week’s landscape links

The Green Team Part 7: From Field to Park | Lisa DuRussel | Metropolis Magazine
“The landscape architect’s job doesn’t end when she leaves the nursery. The trees we’ve selected must be maintained, cared for, and prepped in anticipation of delivering them to the project for installation. ”

The 1934 Plan to Fill In the Hudson River for $1 Billion | Jessica Dailey | Curbed
“In 1934, an engineer named Norman Sper proposed filling in the Hudson River to create an additional ten square miles for city development.”

Peavey Plaza Now Registered As Historic Place | CBS Minnesota
Downtown Minneapolis’ Peavey Plaza has been listed in the National Register of Historic Places, The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF) announced Thursday.

Reuse and the Cultural Landscape | Vince Michael | Time tells
“In a real sense, the challenge is to fine-tune our approaches so that we can find new markets, new functions, new value in both elements of a cultural landscape: the tangible and the intangible.”

Guide To Integrate Green Infrastructure Into Stormwater Permits | Jeffrey Odefey | American Rivers
“Polluted runoff remains a significant source of pollution largely because the permits that regulate it are based on a poorly defined and highly discretionary standard that calls for measures that reduce stormwater “to the maximum extent practicable.” ”

Who’s on First? Unlocking the potential of dispersed teams | Maria Manion, Rachel Casanova, & Roshelle Ritzenthaler | ideas+buildings
7 points that Perkins+Will have shared their best practices with a growing population of remote teams

This Week in Landscape | 13 January 2013

Another week of landscape links from around the world

L.A. River: From Eyesore to Opportunity | WSJ VIDEO (4mins29s)
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is conducting a study to find ways to restore habitats in and around the Los Angeles River, bringing people and wildlife back to the city’s original source of life

How Google Earth Revealed Chicago’s Hidden Farms | Sarah Zielinski | NPR
“Urban agriculture is sometimes thought of as something new and trendy, but of course people have been growing food in backyards and on vacant land for generations,” Taylor says.

Reviving Europe’s Biodiversity By Importing Exotic Animals | Christian Schwägerl | Yale Environment 360
“Scientists are conducting intriguing — and counterintuitive — experiments at several sites in Germany: Bringing back long-lost herbivores, such as water buffalo, to encourage the spread of native plants that have fared poorly in Europe’s human-dominated landscape.”

NYC is turning 12,000 old parking meters into bike racks | Tyler Falk | Smart Planet
The city’s department of transportation has signed a $2 million contract to turn 12,000 old parking meter poles into bike racks.

Why Floor and Brown Left SmithGroupJJR | Daniel Jost | Landscape Architecture Magazine
An interview with Kristina Floor, FASLA and Chris Brown, FASLA, about leaving SmithGroupJJR after merging 4 years ago.

Winter 2013 Landscape Architecture Walks: Samuel Smith Park- Artificial Ice Trail | OALA
The OALA Social Committee is inviting members join them on Saturday 19 January to a Walk of the award winning Samuel Smith Park- Artificial Ice Trail project (In Toronto) lead by Jim Melvin from PMA Landscape Architects.

Meeting the Northwest Livability Challenge | University of Oregon
School of Architecture and Allied Arts is holding a panel discussion in Portland on Wednesday, January 16.

This Week In Landscape | 6 January 2013

The first “This Week In Landscape” for 2013 with weekly links from around the world

Virginia Tech: Light pollution from virginiatech on Vimeo. Short Video (1min 48s).

Exploring Philadelphia’s New “Penn Park” | Sarah Kathleen Peck | landscape urbanism
“A few weeks ago, I had the chance to stop by Philadelphia and the University of Pennsvylania’s new Penn Park, a 23-acre waterfront park woven in between more than five different infrastructural systems and multiple-level land locks.”

Will Biomimicry Offer a Way Forward, Post-Sandy? | Sarah Amandolare | NY Times
“Kapok trees, honeycombs and mangroves are just a few of the naturally occurring features or processes that have informed the designs of buildings from Haiti to South Korea to New York City in recent years.”

ADAPTATION – How can cities be “climate-proofed”? | Eric Klinenberg | New Yorker
PLANNING about “climate-proofing.” For the past decade and a half, governments around the world have been investing in elaborate plans to “climate-proof” their cities

For America’s Cities, The Future can be found in the past | Manuel Cadrecha | ideas+buildings (Perkins Will)
“The city belongs to me long after I left and moved away, and it exists as my home, alive in my imagination.”

Have We Lost the Peace of Park Spaces? | Stephen Plunkard | Stantec is…
“My sense is that, today, we are rarely incorporating quiet spaces into our rural and urban parks. We often program active areas for tots, adolescents, teenagers and now adult/senior playgrounds, but we rarely seem to plan for quiet and contemplative spaces in public, secular venues.”

The Case for Walkability as an Economic Development Tool | Kaid Benfield | Atlantic Cities
“A terrific street redesign is assisting economic development in a southern California community that has suffered from changing economic conditions but is nevertheless seeing significant population growth…”

Top 12 Blogs from Landscape, Architecture and Planning Firms | Walter Communication
A few blogs of landscape architecture and architecture planning firms.

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