This Week in Landscape | 17 June 2012

This weeks round-up of landscape news from around the web.

Q+A> LAURIE OLIN | The Architect’s Newspaper

The Architect’s Newspaper interviews noted landscape architect discusses the profession and the state of public space today.

New Report Highlights Raft of Inspiring Examples of Transformative Actions by Cities and Local Governments | UNEP

 A raft of transformative and inspiring policies by cities and local governments, which can assist in creating a sustainable 21st century, were spotlighted in a new report released today by ICLEI – Local Government for Sustainability and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).

 Habitats for harmony | Kim Wilkie | FT.com

Acclaimed landscape architect Kim Wilkie on two projects he has undertaken in fragile environments…

Parks Canada Launches New Learn to Camp Smartphone Application 

Parks Canada has launched a new Smart phone App  to help first time campers enjoy a camping trip to Canada’s national parks.

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This Week in Landscape | 20 May 2012

This weeks round-up of landscape news from around the web.

Olympic meadow winners | Tom Stuart-Smith | FT.com
With colourful fields designed by two Sheffield academics, the Olympic Park is on track to be the top garden opening this year
RELATED: When does a landscape stop being a garden? | Damian Holmes | LAND Reader

Minneapolis Tussles Over a Faded Plaza |  Kathryn Shattuck  | New York Times 
But things have changed. These days two of the plaza’s three fountains no longer work, their pumps and lines not easily replaceable.
RELATED:  M. Paul Friedberg Creates New Concept for Peavey Plaza | The Cultural Landscape Foundation

83 Days at Turenscape |Dimitria Theocari | The ISSUE: Collective
“Walking in Turenscape in Beijing for the first time, I encountered the mission statement of the company (above). Little did I know at the time about the effect that these words would have in my understanding of landscape.”

Neglected, Rotting Trees Turn Deadly | William Glaberson and Lisa W. Foderaro | New York Times
At the center of many of the cases is a simple question: how much responsibility does the city have for protecting people who pass beneath its graceful elms, oaks and maples?

City approves controversial sculpture for Counterbalance Park | Michael Harthorne | Queen Anne Komo
Against the wishes of family and admirers of a renowned landscape architect Robert Murase and a handful of Queen Anne residents, Seattle Parks and Recreation will oversee the installation of a new five-stone sculpture in Counterbalance Park.

Pedestrian-Friendly Cities | Jon Walton | Construction Digital
Move over, motorized vehicles – city planning refocuses on bipedal infrastructure and design

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This Week in Landscape | 13 May 2012

This weeks round-up of landscape news from around the web.

Can this park still be saved? | Tom Bell | Maine Sunday Telegram

“Portland’s Eastland Park Hotel proposes buying Congress Square Plaza, a poorly designed space….”

Urban living in Town Center | Brian Walzel | Impact News

“The focus of residential growth and development is beginning to shift from the traditional village center concept to more of an urban living design….”

Delhi Journal: What ‘New’ Delhi Can Learn From ‘Old’ Delhi | Tripti Lahiri | WSJ

“What is really amazing is how free it seems… the diversity of mankind you see on those streets, you do not see even in New Delhi….”

Planting day to complete garden tribute to architect Jo Yeates | Daily Echo

“…landscape architects from across the south will be coming to play their part in the garden in her honour.”

HUD launches overhaul of consolidated planning process | Brian Sullivan | HUD

“It is estimated HUD’s new approach will save communities at least 65,000 staff hours each year and support communities in need-driven, place-based decision-making that will engage informed public participation and improve community and economic development outcomes.”

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This Week in Landscape | 6 May 2012

This weeks round-up of landscape news from around the web.

City gets leafier, especially at Staten Island’s Conference House Park | silive.com
The city grew greener by 20,000 trees

An urban space for people in Westmount | Jerry Miller | Westmount Examiner
“The conditions and generators are present for the design of a people-friendly urban space (a street is an urban space) shared with reduced automobile use.”

Bangkok heatwave ignites debate about urban planning | News24
“Critics say the heat has been exacerbated by poor urban planning in the fast-growing city of 12 million people – from a thinning of trees by city workers, often to accommodate electrical power lines…”

Building the Marina Bay Sands SkyPark Pool [VIDEO]
Video of how the 150-metre infinity-edged swimming pool was built on the 57th floor (roof) of the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore

Landscape Architecture standout leads by example | Temple University
A profile of landscape architecture student Diana Fernandez

LAND Reader (our sister blog) 

Did London’s Olympic Park erase its past?

Bleecker Street Park Ruined?

Correa warns of overloading India’s existing cities

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This Week in Landscape | 29 April 2012

This weeks round-up of landscape news from around the web.

On an Urban Heat Island, Zippy Red Oaks | Douglas Main | NY Times
Red oak seedlings in Central Park grow up to eight times faster than their cousins cultivated outside the city, probably because of the urban “heat island” effect…

Michigan prepares to deregulate occupations | Jack Lessenberry | The Windsor Star
After regulating the landscape architecture profession back in 2010, Michigan is looking to deregulate landscape architecture in 2012.

The Landscapes of Region 11′s Built System | Urban Omnibus
A interview with Jim Lau about the recent projects by NYDOT in Region 11

Star architects unveil wild plans for Union Station circa 2050 |  Christopher Hawthorne | LA Times
LA Times architecture critic  Christopher Hawthorne gives a brief summary on the visions for Union Station presented by architects seeking to win the project.

Turning Unused Acres Green | John Leland | NY Times
Looking at how 596 Acres is changing Brooklyn’s unused land.

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