Another great week of landscape links from around the web
Teardrop Park – Nature in the City | Land Perspectives
Much of the park was designed to represent a northeast forest environment, with rock outcrops, rolling hills, and lush (mostly native) vegetation.
Urban Designers, Ecological Engineers to Develop Ecological Plan for Lake Conway Watershed
University of Arkansas researchers have embarked on a watershed management and development plan to improve ecological services and quality of life in Conway, Ark., and surrounding Faulkner County.
Question of Urban Identity | Deccan Herald
Rapid urbanisation is altering the physical and cultural milieus of our cities, making it seem as if the past, the present and a somewhat dystopian future are all colliding, snuffing out breathing space.
Montage City: Edge Conditions | Cassim Shepard | Urban Omnibus
The politics of neighborhood identity directly influence the way the City manages growth, concentrating efforts to rezone for greater density in the places between neighborhoods or in areas in transition from non-residential to residential uses.
Umbra’s high design in suburban industrial park: Hume | Christopher Hume | Toronto Star
In other words: Now there’s a there there, a sense of place, something that doesn’t look the way it does because it had to be cheap and easy.
Rem Koolhaas wins Jencks award | OMA
Rem Koolhaas has been named the winner of the Jencks Award for 2012. Given annually to an individual (or practice) that has recently made a major contribution internationally to both the theory and practice of architecture, the Jencks Award will be presented on Tuesday 20 November
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Another week of great landscape links from around the world.
Disney World on the Hudson | Jeremiah Moss | NY Times Op-ed
This article sparked debate this week as Moss came out and stated that “The High Line has become a tourist-clogged catwalk and a catalyst for some of the most rapid gentrification in the city’s history.” Causing a few interesting conversations on the interwebs.
With Funding Tight, Cities are Turning to Green Infrastructure | Jim Robbins | Yale Environment 360
“We’re at a tipping point,” says Katherine Baer of American Rivers, which is working with communities to implement green infrastructure.
Making Green a Primary Color | Harvard Magazine
“Let’s look at the city as an ecological or biological system,” says (Charles) Waldheim.
A Land Art Sanctuary Filled With Eye-Bending Masterpieces | Cliff Kuang | Fast Co.Design
Gibbs has spent the last two decades commissioning notable artists to work on the farm, collecting a menagerie of roughly two dozen pieces that he calls “a sanctuary for the senses.”
Los Angeles Puts a New Park at Its Heart | Jennifer Medina | NY Times (sydicated)
A long article about Grand Park in LA without a mention of the designers – Rios Clementi Hale Studios
Dismayed by a monastery garden’s disrepair, landscape architect resurrects it | Doug Oster | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
She was determined to renovate the garden. The first step was getting permission.
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This weeks links from around the world
Delirious Doha | Tino Rizzo | Domus
A survey of recent projects in Qatar reveals a particular brand of “instant urbanism”…
What Parks Need to Make the Grade | John Farley | Thirteen.org
NY Park ratings, friends, maintenance and improvement projects – “I do worry that we’re adding and have added a lot of new parkland and the maintenance budget is not getting increased. That could catch up with us,”
The BMW Guggenheim Lab: An urban experiment that nearly failed | C.G. | Economist
…New York to Kreuzberg, an edgy part of town, some locals resisted: they suspected creeping gentrification and condemned it as “some crappy capitalist luxury project”, and even threatened violence. So BMW Guggenheim found a more agreeable venue in already gentrified Prenzlauer Berg…..
Renovated Perk Park in Cleveland gives the city a new oasis of urban bliss | Steven Litt | Cleveland.com
Veteran New York landscape architect Thomas Balsley and the Cleveland landscape firm of McKnight & Associates, redesigned the 40-year-old park, which felt tired and unsafe before renovation, with a sleek, contemporary look.
SEBS Students Offer Designs for Voorhees Environmental Park | Rutgers University
The task of coming up with conceptual designs for what will become the Voorhees Environmental Park fell to students in the Rutgers Graduate Program of Landscape Architecture.
UN Launches Sustainable Development Network to Help Find Solutions to Global Problems | UNEP
The Sustainable Development Solutions Network will work with stakeholders including business, civil society, UN agencies and other international organizations to identify and share the best pathways to achieve sustainable development.
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back from a hiatus here is the “This Week in Landscape” links from across the globe.
The Green Team: Part 1 | Metropolis Magazine
Terrie Brightman and Lisa DuRussel along with others from Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects have started blogging about landscape architecture at the Metropolis Magazine
Tree Massacre At Queens Borough Hall | Geoffrey Croft | A Walk In The Park
It was cheaper for a city to cut down trees and buy new trees than to move the existing trees – the epitome of waste and bureaucracy?
Q&A: Diana Balmori | Jared Green | Metropolis Magazine
“There will be no remedy but to put the architecture and landscape together. Both architects and landscape architects are starting to work in ways that imitate nature in the way that it functions.” Diana Balmori
John Magee’s Native Landscape Designs Create Habitat for Wildlife | Al Bredenberg | Inhabitat
“Even as habitat becomes more and more disrupted by development, we’re creating more and more little islands of habitat. Wildlife can move and migrate from one to another of them.”
An Architect’s Vision: Bare Elegance in China | Jane Perlez | New York Times
“I love Manhattan. It’s a very interesting place. But if you want to copy something that was accomplished in 200 years, it’s very difficult. New York was not designed by architects, it was designed by time.”
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This weeks round-up of landscape news from around the web.
Sustainability without fanfare | Thomas R. Tavella, FASLA | Sustainable Industries
Landscape architecture has quietly employed sustainable principles for decades.
The Real High Line Effect: A Transformational Triumph of Preservation and Design | Charles A. Birnbaum | Huffington Post
Charles A. Birnbaum (The Cultural Landscape Foundation) blog post. “Several cities are looking at their own long disused sections of track, hoping they can literally replicate New York’s success. Perhaps, but that narrow interpretation ignores the confluence of unique factors that made New York’s High Line an instant classic.”
Can You Get People To Walk More, Simply With Smart Signage? | Jordan Kushins | Fast Co Design
The successful Kickstarter campaign hopes handy signs will get people walking.
A lesson from a great architect | Seth Godin
If you don’t get it built, the work doesn’t matter.
MONO LAKE | Michael Light | Venue
…fly around the shores of Mono Lake, California, with celebrated aerial photographer
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