This Week In Landscape | 3 August 2014

Another week of interesting landscape news and information…

Lustgarten // Quarry Bay [short timelapse] from Stephanie Cheung on Vimeo.
“Public garden space in front of One Island East, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong. A little study of how people travel around landscaped corners, benches etc…in packs during lunch break v. end of the day.”

Why restoring wetlands is more critical than ever | Bruce Stutz | Yale e360
“Like coastal wetlands around the world, they are in urgent need. Once considered wastelands, wetlands were diked to create grazing and farm lands — in Europe for the last 2,000 years, in North America for the last 400.”

“There’s still one more park taboo to be broken” | Alexandra Lange | DEZEEN
“This change comes with a realisation that some of what we want from a lawn is visual: that pop of green that indicates the end of the hardscape, a colour meant for pedestrians.”

Maintain Your (R)Age – The Best is Yet to Come by Jerry de Gryse | AILA
“I was reminded that in University, we were told we would do our best work in our 60s and beyond…..Reflecting on my own experience, I realize it is more than trial and error that makes us better landscape architects as we age. So I made a list and, like many lists, there are at least 10 reasons why our best is yet to come.”

The Battle of Brooklyn Bridge Park | Liz Robins | New York Times
“This is a continuation of a battle that goes back 30 years, in which civic leaders in Brooklyn Heights fought to make a park on the shipping piers that the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey was ready to sell.”

Little parklet memorial brings international activism to Edmonton | Elise Stolte | Edmonton Journal
” A local landscape design student plans to honour the life of a fallen cyclist by creating a temporary park over several parking stalls along Whyte Avenue. The “parklet” will exist for just one day, but it brings an international phenomenon to Edmonton and ensures well-known young athlete Isaak Kornelsen won’t be forgotten.”

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This Week in Landscape | 27 July 2014

Weekly round-up of landscape news and interesting articles.

At 93, Cornelia Hahn Oberlander is still one of Canada’s most beloved landscape architects | Sarah Hampson | Globe & Mail
“Over her decades-long career, Hahn Oberlander has overseen some of the most important postwar landscaping projects in North America, including Robson Square in her hometown of Vancouver.”

[Landscape] Architect brings fresh spin to Maggie Daley Park | Chicago Tribune
“Strolling through Maggie Daley Park, stubble on his face and a yellow hard hat covering his graying red hair, Michael Van Valkenburgh paused before the contours of an undulating ice skating loop that will weave through a stand of evergreens.”

Treating Trees as Actual Infrastructure | Leda Marritz | Sustainable Cities Collective
“I asked three people with tons of experience in trees and in urban forestry – who are also frequent contributors to this blog – to pick just five things that would be necessary if we actually treated urban trees and soils (green infrastructure) as seriously as we do pipes, sewers, roads, and more”

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This Week in Landscape | 20 July 2014

A landscape architect in East Africa | Kate Street | NZILA
“There is such a strong satisfaction that comes from designing for someone’s basic needs. Designing for blind and deaf children adds a whole new dimension to the job at hand.”

Infrastructure and our way of life: lessons from the Atlanta BeltLine | Claire Nelischer | Spacing
An interview with Ryan Gravel, a senior urban designer with Perkins+Will who has helped to lead the design of the Atlanta BeltLine.

The Soil Pollution Crisis in China: A Cleanup Presents Daunting Challenge | He Guangwei | Yale e360
“China’s soil problem, he said, is not only one of pollution but also soil quality and erosion, and improving soil quality with increased organic matter and better pH levels is particularly urgent. ”

Tehran, the City of River Valleys, Needs a Landscape Ecological Approach to the Design and Planning of Its Waterways | Kaveh Samiei | Sustainable Cities Collective
“Based on the potentials and the restrictions of the landscape, the solutions for enhancing the ecological connectivity of urban natural public spaces are provided through the hierarchy of landscapes’ Environmental Equilibrium, Geographical-anthropological Sustainability and Eco-environmental-societal Excellence features.”

In Praise of Lurie Garden, Millennium Park’s Quiet Corner | Whet Moser | Chicago Mag
“How Chicago’s public gardens evolved from Burnham to Jensen to Ouldolf, and how they reflect the ambitions of our urbs in horto.”

Made in the Shade: Landscaping in the Shadow of the High Line | Terrie Brightman | Metropolis Magazine
“The High Line proved to be the main site challenge, as it occupies much of the visual landscape and creates areas of permanent shade—limiting the plant palette and the ability to establish a lush, viable landscape.”

Foster appointed director of Stuckeman School | PennState
“Kelleann Foster, a Penn State landscape architecture faculty member since 1989, has been appointed director of the Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, and associate dean of the College of Arts and Architecture at the University for a two-year term.”

This Week in Landscape | 13 July 2014

This week’s summary of  landscape news and  information

President Obama on Landscape Architects (Video) | ASLA
President Obama acknowledges landscape architects’ role in rebuilding infrastructure.

Public parks under threat | Landscape Institute
A report from the Heritage Lottery Fund reveals the growing risk of Britain’s parks becoming run down or getting sold.

America’s Leading Design Cities | Richard Florida | The Atlantic CityLab
“Architecture is the second-largest sector, with 85,000 working in firms and another 23,000 self-employed. There were another 21,000 landscape designers, about a quarter of whom were self-employed.”

Hong Kong Institute of Landscape Architects (HKILA) issues a Joint Statement of North East New Territories Development Areas | HKILA
“Currently the supply in residential market is inadequate and one of the viable solutions is to increase the land supply.”

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This Week in Landscape | 6 July 2014

This Week in Landscape is back from a few weeks summer holiday. Here is landscape news, links and information from this week.

Landscape architects are among the 140-plus firms in the New London Awards 2014 shortlists | Landscape Institute
“Several landscape architecture practices feature in the shortlist of more than 140 projects selected out of hundreds submitted for the New London Awards 2014, which seek to ‘recognise the very best in architecture, planning and development in the capital’.”

Embracing Complexity | Yoshi Silverstein | The Dirt
“Explaining why we need new approaches to resilience, she said in just the first twelve years of this century, we’ve already seen the two costliest natural disasters in U.S. history (Hurricanes Katrina in 2005 and Sandy in 2012), along with more frequent and extreme events, such as wildfires, droughts, and flooding.”

‘Landscape architecture is about people’ | Vinusha Paulraj | the Sunday Times
“It’s about people and how they need open spaces to be healthy mentally, physically and socially.”

Vale Ralph Neale OAM, founding publisher of Landscape Australia passes away | AILA
‘We have lost a great contributor and I hope his memory will live on through his writing, photography and paintings in the many editions of Landscape Australia that he leaves behind.’ – Bruce Echberg

Reconnecting with countryside must be at root of Big City Plan | Graeme Brown | Birmingham Post
“Kathryn Moore, professor of landscape architecture at Birmingham City University, said there needed to be a more holistic proposal than the Big City Plan to make use of terrain like the Tame Valley and Spaghetti Junction.”

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This Week in Landscape | 8 June 2014

Anti-homeless studs at London residential block prompt uproar | The Guardian
“Metal studs have been installed outside a block of flats in central London to deter rough sleepers.”
[WLA Editor: Is such a design element necessary? Shouldn’t we be facilitating policies and designs that provide shelter?]

Levees Could Protect Lower Manhattan From Future Floods | Curbed NY
Southern Manhattan Coastal Protection Study proposes a 1.3-mile-long living barrier made up of a multi-purpose levee system.

Meadowlands flood plan faces hurdles | James M. O’Neill & Scott Fallon | North
“It took the federal government to say we have to look at larger geographic areas and longer term solutions rather than sending quick money to people to rebuild their houses,” said Peter Kasabach, executive director of New Jersey Future, a non-profit group advocating efficient land use. “It’s taking science into account.”….“There’s a real opportunity around resiliency planning,”

Call for Creative Director for the 2015 Festival of Landscape Architecture | AILA
“The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) is now seeking expressions of interest for the role of Creative Director for the 2015 Festival of Landscape Architecture. Individuals, practices, schools of Landscape Architecture, or collaborative teams are encouraged to apply.”

New Desalination Technologies Spur Growth in Recycling Water | Cheryl Katz | Yale e360
“Desalination has long been associated with one process — turning seawater into drinking water. But a host of new technologies are being developed that not only are improving traditional desalination but opening up new frontiers in reusing everything from agricultural water to industrial effluent.”

edyn solar powered garden system by fuseproject monitors and tracks plants
The Edyn Garden Sensor tracks light, humidity, temperature, soil nutrition and moisture, and then cross-references this information with plant, soil science and weather databases to recommend which plants will thrive. [WLA Editor: With environmental sensors and apps becoming inexpensive and easily accessible, what role will they play in landscape architecture?]

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This Week In Landscape | 1 June 2014 | News & Upcoming Events


Construction began this week on Phase 2 of the Chicago Riverwalk | Credit ©Sasaki

Chicago Riverwalk Construction Underway | Sasaki
Phase 2 construction for our Chicago Riverwalk project is currently underway between State Street and La Salle Street.

Celebration marks reopening of Pittsburgh’s Mellon Square | Diana Nelson Jones | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Mellon Square reopens after restoration finishes of the plaza originally designed by Landscape architects Simonds and Simonds and architects Mitchell and Ritchey.

Finding Space for the Living at a Memorial | New York Times | Michael Kimmelman
Michael Kimmelman critiques the 9/11 Memorial “The place doesn’t feel like New York. It feels like a swath of the National Mall plunked in downtown Manhattan…”

Sue Illman celebrates ‘exciting two years’ in President’s Review | Landscape Institute
Sue Illman introduces her President’s Review in the latest issue of Landscape by saying, ‘This has been an exciting two years for the Landscape Institute and also a great period for public appreciation of landscape architecture in general.'”

ReSITE festival is gearing up | Prague Post
On June 19-20, the reSITE festival and professional conference, which will take place in the new spaces of Forum Karlín in Prague, will offer countless possibilities for addressing these phenomena. The organizers have again managed to attract from around the world outstanding speakers who will share their experience not only at the conference, but also in the course of several concurrent workshops.

Sydney needs a plan for future population | SBS
“New figures predict Sydney’s population will be six million by 2031, so action needs to be taken now says Minister for Planning Pru Goward.”

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