This Week in Landscape | 11 March 2012

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

Landscape architects shape city’s green spaces | Sharon Litwin | NOLA.com
“Today landscape architecture projects can range from those as modest as private garden designs to those addressing issues of such huge scale as coastal erosion or managing environmental disasters.”

New York’s High Line project should inspire Ann Arbor to create its own urban parks | Will Hathaway & Marc Ross | AnnArbor.com
“The level of interest here in Ann Arbor was palpable in the near capacity Michigan Theater audience. Ann Arborites were enthusiastic about this story of reclaiming underutilized space for use as an urban public park.”

With city’s help, fans of Tampa’s Kiley Garden aim for a comeback | Richard Danielson | Tampa Bay Times
The City Council will look for funds to help complete an ambitious restoration of (Dan)Kiley Garden, often forgotten by locals but admired internationally by landscape architects.

Landscape Optimism: An Interview with Chris Reed | Quilian Riano | Design Observer
An interview with Chris Reed from Stoss Landscape Urbanism

New Urbanism not as simple as once thought, expert says | Blake Aued | Online Athens
Blake reports some interesting  Andres Duany statements  “He now favors a compromise, ecological urbanism. Pave over creeks and get rid of expensive green building standards in very dense areas, he said, because people who live on top of each other are doing the environment a favor by taking up less space.”

“Extreme Beauty and Extreme Vulgarity”: Rem Koolhaas Shares His Thoughts on Japanese Metabolist Architecture | Janelle Zara | Artinfo
“I was friends already with some of them and therefore there was an issue of accessibility,” Koolhaas said. “I was particularly interested to look at the first non-western avant-garde. We are currently living in a situation where a lot of initiatives are no longer ours…”

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This Week In Landscape | 4 March 2012

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

Prospect Park (Flickr User wallyg)

We want a total ban on cars from Prospect Park,  Brooklynites tell city |  Simone Weichselbaum | New York Daily
But Brooklyn residents questioned why officials won’t ban motorists rather than cram cars into a 10-foot slice of pavement during the morning and evening commutes, the only time vehicles are allowed inside the park.

Suburban design: Pomp and paternalism | C.H. | The Economist
A review of  “Foreclosed: Rehousing the American Dream” at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York until July 13

Concentrating on building efficiency is Europe’s new climate-change mantra | Sandrine Dixson-Declève | The Guardian
Since buildings burn 40% of all the energy consumed, insulating them effectively could help the EU meet climate targets….

Harvard-PKU parallel course in eco-city planning | Bai Bing | Peking University
From February 10 to 19, 2 professors and 12 graduate students from Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD), along with 16 graduate students from the College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (CALA) of Peking University (PKU), completed a 10-day program under the guidance of Professor Yu Kongjian, president of CALA.

Gardening turns out to be very eco un-friendly | Roger Dobson & Jonathan Owen | The Independent
A report from the University of Reading and the RHS shows that gardens are a vital part of green infrastructure in cities however, it can contribute CO2 through the use of lawn mowers and peat.  Also here is the the abstract from ‘ The domestic garden: its contribution to urban green infrastructure’ by Cameron, R., Blanusa, T., Taylor, J., Salisbury, A., Halstead, A., Henricot, B. and Thompson, K.

SimCity 5 rumoured to launch in 2013 – Digital Spy
The last version of Sim City launched back in 2003 so news of an all new version slated to be launched in 2013 has caused a buzz in frustrated urban planners and designers  around the world.
See images of the rumoured game 

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IMAGE CREDIT: Flickr User wallyg (Wally Gobetz)

 

This Week in Landscape | 26 February 2012

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

Fresh Kills Park | Flickr User Kristine Paulus

Big City Conservation: New York City’s Hidden Biodiversity | Molly Marquand | Ecology.com
“Where every great city stands today, a natural ecosystem once thrived. London was built on a floodplain of the River Thames; New York was set up on great tracts of oak woodland; and Tokyo, the most populous metropolis in the world, once supported a lush and verdant subtropical forest.”

Vietnam memorial designer says the Earth has lessons to teach us | John Conti | Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Lin perhaps summed up her work best herself when she quoted a prayer attributed to the Chinook Indians of the Northwest: “We call upon the Earth to teach us and show us the way.”

When Designing Space Moves Outside | Jane Parkins | Architecture Source
Due to its incredible benefits, both physical and mental, the connection between interior and exterior architecture has increased in popularity.

Urban areas need better planning | Elly Burhaini Faizal | Jakarta Post
Poor urban planning and over population have become the main challenges for city administrations in their efforts to minimize fatalities in times of disasters, officials and experts have said.

REWRITING A CITY IN NATURE | Diana Balmori | Urban Design Review
“Our understanding of nature has changed radically. Our ideas about urbanism must catch up. By rewriting the city (a semantic departure from “planning”), we will jar the public to this major scientific and philosophical shift in the interaction of nature and the city.”

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IMAGE CREDIT: Flickr User:  Kristine Paulus

This Week in Landscape | 19 February 2012

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

Marriott Green Roof | Victoria Canada | Flickr User: pnwra

Ecosystems and Economics – How green roofs can improve our cities | Charlotte Sankey | The Big City
The question is, will conservationists and natural capitalists spot the opportunity retrofits present to bring our built environment into harmony with valuable ecosystems?

How Do You Wean People Off Cars? By Rebranding Bikes And Buses | Skibsted Ideation | Co.Design
The only way to get consumers to choose cheaper, more efficient transportation is to make it the cool option

An Early Eco-City Faces the Future | Michael Tortorello | post gazette
For decades now, visitors have asked what it would take to finish Arcosanti. Maybe it’s time for a different question. Why doesn’t everyone choose to live this way?

Field Guide to Renewable Energy Technologies | LAGI 
As a part of the Land Art Generator Initiative, has put together this free Field Guide to Renewable Energy Technologies that we hope can be a useful resource for all designers, homeowners, urban planners, students, artists, architects, landscape architects, engineers, and anyone else interested in a clean energy future.

A Book that aims to bring the farm to the city | Carolyn Ireland | Globe & Mail
Carolyn reviews the book Carrot City: Creating Places for Urban Agriculture By Mark Gorgolewski, June Komisar and Joe Nasr.

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This Week in Landscape | 12 February 2012

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

Tribeca Neighborhood has a High Walkability Score (Flickr Image: Paul Stein)

Most Americans Want a Walkable Neighborhood, Not a Big House | Nona Willis Aronowitz | GOOD
The symbol of American success often involves having the biggest house possible, but our outsized fantasies seem to be shifting.

Reclaimed bus yard begins life as urban wetland | Kate Linthicum | LA Times
A nine-acre park at Avalon Boulevard and 54th Street offers walking paths, native plants and pools with bacteria that clean polluted storm water

Phoenix architect uses desert landscape as inspiration, focuses on simplicity, sustainability | Josselyn Berry | Downtown Devil
Attributes of the desert landscape are re-imagined in the work of Phoenix architect Will Bruder.

Frederick Law Olmsted Is Holding Us Back (There. I Said It.) | ASLA DIRT Blog
A blog post that has caused a stir in the profession in the USA. Is Frederick Law Olmsted holding landscape architects in the USA back?

Landscape Architecture Students Work with Frogtown to Create Pop-Up Tree Nursery | Jolene Brink | University of Minnesota College of Design News
University of Minnesota landscape architecture students are collaborating with Saint Paul Parks and Recreation Department, Frogtown residents, and the Frogtown Neighborhood Association to create a temporary nursery for 4-6 months during 2012.

Don’t Reinvent The Wheel, Steal It: An Urban Planning Award for Cities That Copy | Zak Stone | GOOD
Cities around the world may all be struggling with the same problems, from building affordable housing to boosting internet access, but a lack of dialogue means that local governments rarely copy each other’s successful ideas….

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IMAGE CREDIT: [Flickr Image: Paul Stein]

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