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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This Week in Landscape – 22 April 2012

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

The new revolutionaries: Landscape architects reinvent urban parks | Rebecca Messner | Grist
The present generation of landscape architects is doing truly groundbreaking work, building parks like the High Line in places nobody expects them.

The Invention and Reinvention of the City: An Interview with Rem Koolhaas – World Policy Blog
“….creative flexibility allows us to design buildings that are more versatile, which can be successful in new economies and in new contexts.”

Sustainability saves landscape architecture | Brad Kane | Hartford Business
“The whole idea of sustainability is out there,” Tavella said. “Now it is cool to be green again.”

Park among the trees: Pittsburgh should require parking lots to plant trees — lots of trees | Thomas Hylton | Post Gazette
Nearly all the new trees have been planted in parks and along streets, the traditional location for shade trees in densely populated cities. But there’s another vitally important urban habitat for trees: parking lots.

Brooklyn Bridge Park Gets $40 Million Gift to Build Field House | Lisa W. Foderaro | NY Times
The field house is to be giant — 115,000 square feet near Pier 5, with a 200-meter inclined cycling track with up to 2,500 seats and a 22,000-square-foot infield that can accommodate other sports, including basketball, tennis, volleyball and gymnastics.

From LAND Reader (sister site to World Landscape Architecture)

Critics come out against Brooklyn Bridge Park

City Pulls Plug on Waste-to-Energy Site at Fresh Kills

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This Week in Landscape | 15 April 2012

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

Why Designers Need To Stop Feeling Sorry For Africa | Skibsted Ideation | Fast Co Design
Taking a patronizing approach to investing in Africa undermines the continent’s people and entrepreneurial promise, argues Jens Martin Skibsted and Rasmus Bech Hansen.

How green is a parking lot? New efforts to test infrastructure | David J. Unger | Sacremento Bee
A growing number of civil engineers, landscape architects and urban planners are making a case for not just repairing but also for greening the structural underbelly we rely on to drink our water, cross our rivers and park our cars.

NY state parks system getting $89M funding boost | Wall Street Journal
$89 million in New York Works capital projects for the state-run system of 178 parks and 35 historic sites.

Six new spots for architecture lovers | Katia Hetter | CNN
Various spots around the world including the High Line

A new approach to infrastructure | Denise Deveau | Calgary Herald

Canadian cities need to replace their aging infrastructure to accommodate new weather patterns, shifting demographics and social trends

The Shell Game | Martin C. Pedersen | Metropolis Magazine
New York University announced yesterday that it was scaling back its controversial plans for expansion

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This Week in Landscape | 8 April 2012

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

Five Paradigm Shifts to Enhance a City | Various Contributors | The Tyee
Various panels paradigm from ‘Shift’ – UBC School of Landscape and Architecture’s fall lecture series

Does Poor Urban Planning Contribute to Crime in Gurgaon? | Raka Choudhury | India Realtime-WSJ
In Gurgaon, despite the excitement and energy of economic boom-time, the quality of life of urban residents is constantly challenged by poor planning.

Lily Jencks on Landscape Design | Susanna Sirefman| Wall Street Journal 
The rising young star of landscape design on low-fuss plants, Chinese gardens and her mother’s extraordinary legacy

A path to gardens’ renewal | TBO.COM
More talk of repairing Kiley Gardens in Tampa Bay (designed by Dan Kiley)

Controversy brewing over Counterbalance Park | Queen Anne View
Finished park (designed by Murase Associates) about to be ruined by committee – what all landscape architects dread

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