This Week In Landscape | 16 September 2012


Another week of landscape links from around the world
The Big Task of Managing Nature at New York’s Central Park | Charles A. Birnbaum | The Cultural Landscape Foundation
“Central Park faces unprecedented use, along with changing climatic conditions and an onslaught of severe weather events. Additionally, increasing knowledge and proven notions about ecological restoration have added a new dimension to this century-and-a-half long conversation about how we interact with our environment and manage our idealized version of nature.”

Green walls ‘need building code’ to reduce fire hazard
“A SYDNEY landscape architect is pushing for green walls to be regulated under building and fire safety codes after he recently saw one go up in flames at a local bar.”

Urban Forestry for Symbolizing Eco-City | Md. Zahidur Rahman and Saeed Ahmed Siddiquee | Blitz
“Currently, unplanned urbanization resulted ecological imbalances in the city. FAO (2008) pointed out that Dhaka city has 21.57% open space where city parks belong to 0.89% and 0.02% for urban forest, garden for 0.90% and 12.12% for agriculture to meets the ecological balance of the city dwellers.”

African Ministers Adopt Programmes to Boost Sustainable Development, Eye Key Role in Post-Rio+20 Landscape | UNEP

What architects do doesn’t count | Jody Brown | Coffee with an Architect
“Because we don’t design the destination. We design the path.”

Fire-Resistant Plant List for the California Supplemental Exam | CSE for Landscape Architects
“These plants will eventually burn if the fire conditions are hot and dry enough, but they resist ignition better than many other species.”

Exploring the Upper West Side’s Riverside Park South | Curbed NY
“Riverside Park South offers up one of the Manhattan’s best opportunities to consider the city’s past as an industrial hub while considering the future of its waterfront. ”

IMAGE CREDIT: Flickr User Ed Yourdon

This Week in Landscape | 9 September 2012

Luanda Angola | Credit Tio Gegeca

This weeks landscape links from around the world

 Designers don’t always know what’s best | Michael Short | smh.com.au
A single mother in a Cambodian slum inspired Lucinda Hartley(Urban designer, landscape architect and activist) to change the world.

Reflections from OLIN’s Interns | OLIN Blog
Interns from OLIN’s  ten-week internship program give their thoughts on what they learned.

Budding landscape architect Viktor Filipi | Radio Praha
“Landscape or garden architecture is a bit of an unusual field. Like classic architecture it also allows you to create, but we are working not with static elements but with vegetation and also time…….”

Landscape Architecture Accessibility and Communication | Lucy Wang | Landscape Architecture Foundation
 “….What’s most interesting to me is what social media can do for promoting the awareness of green space, and ultimately, lead to a better public understanding of landscape architecture…”

UN calls for policies to address rapid urbanization in developing countries
 A United Nations official has called for the development of national urban policies to ensure developing countries are not overwhelmed by urbanization, which he compared to a tsunami for its staggering growth which can surpass cities’ capacities to manage it.

As Temps Rise, Cities Combat ‘Heat Island’ Effect | Richard Harris | NPR
More than 20,000 high-temperature records have been broken so far this year in the United States. And the heat is especially bad in cities, which are heating up about twice as fast as the rest of the planet.

IMAGE CREDIT: Flickr User tio gegeaca

This Week in Landscape | 2 September 2012

Teardrop Park

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

IMAGE CREDIT: Flickr User dreamymo

 

This Week in Landscape | 26 August 2012

Highline
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.

IMAGE CREDIT: Flickr User m.gifford

This Week in Landscape | 19 August 2012

Doha

Doha, Qatar | Image Credit: Flickr User Sarah_Ackerman

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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