This Week in Landscape | 2 February 2014

Interesting landscape reading from across the web with some thought provoking material before you start your working week.

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High Lines and park life: why more green isn’t always greener for cities | Owen Hatherley | Guardian
“Transforming old industrial areas into urban woodland may look nice but can be conterproductive[sic] in the long run” – Interesting read, but still wondering how the Highline is conterproductive[sic] in the long run.

‘Open spaces needed for meetings’ | Riyan Ramanath V, | Times of India
“Lack of such open areas inside the city is forcing communities, political, religious and social groups to use smaller spaces, which is resulting in traffic congestion on the roads.”

See How NYC Streets Got More Pedestrian-Friendly In 25 Years | Curbed NY | Zoe Rosenberg
Great images of before and after the implementation of pedestrian/bike friendly road design

How town planning can make us thin and healthy: Architects show that more green space and less housing density has a clear effect on public health | Charlie Cooper | Independent
“With responsibility for public healthcare devolved now from central Government to local authorities, it’s vital that planners and developers take the lead in ensuring healthier cities,” said. RIBA’s president, Stephen Hodder.

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This Week in Landscape | 26 January 2014

WLA’s weekly list of news, information related to landscape architecture

Yale Urban Ecosystem Services Symposium was held this week with the Keynote by NYC Deputy Mayor Caswell Holloway – “How can ecosystem services help build sustainable, resilient cities?” after the keynote there were four panels on Urban Micro-Climate, Green Infrastructure and Stormwater, Coastal Protection, Sea Level Rise, & Hurricanes, The Use and Stewardship of Multifunctional Landscapes. The above video includes the keynote and you can watch the panel discussions on the Yale Urban Ecosystem Services Symposium livestream page.

With University’s Help, New Park on Harlem River Is a Marshland Sanctuary | Lisa W. Foderaro | New York Times
“Called Muscota Marsh, the park was built by Columbia University, in collaboration with the parks department, on an acre of land on the Harlem River near the university’s Baker Field.”

Former NFL player turned landscape designer Eddie George is judge in new reality TV show | Beth Harris | The Republic
Has USA landscape architecture found its Jamie Oliver? “This opportunity presented itself for me not only to show the talents of a landscape architect, but also to be creative,” George said.

Soils: The Measure of Moisture | James Urban | Landscape Architecture Magazine
“Most projects don’t have a soil scientist as a consultant, which leaves landscape architects to make important field decisions during construction. We need to specify soil moisture as part of the process of installing and compacting soils, and managing soil moisture is a critical part of plant establishment afterward.”

Interior Designers of Canada honors Landscape architect Cornelia Hahn Oberlander
On February 20, 2014, Interior Designers of Canada (IDC) and the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) will present landscape architect, Cornelia Hahn Oberlander with the prestigious 2014 IDC/IIDA Leadership Award of Excellence, an award that recognizes outstanding contributions to the design profession.

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This Week in Landscape | 12 January 2014

Kallang River Bishan Park | Singapore | Atelier Dreiseitl

Unhappy? Move Near A Park | Shaunacy Ferro | Fast Co. Design
“Moving to more verdant sections of a city, for example, can produce long-lasting mental health benefits, according to a recent study from the American Chemical Society’s Environmental Science & Technology journal. ”

London’s enduring South Bank problem | Rupert Christiansen | Telegraph
“….more radically subversive thought that the QEH and Hayward have become surplus to requirements, and that everyone might ultimately be happier if a friendly bomb were dropped and the hole used for what the South Bank really needs – a piazza or park which could oxygenate an area already over-stuffed with culture.”

Interview with Marion Pressley on Designing with History | J. Green | The Dirt
“One of the hard parts about going into preservation is that most of our academic institutions don’t really teach you enough landscape architectural history to make you an authority on even American landscapes. Forget about European or Asian or any place else.”

Urban problems: ‘With elasticity of space, let cities find their own solutions’ | Atika Rehman | Express Tribune
“We have many cities that will soon become 100 million-people cities, and urban planners and designers can make a big difference to how things evolve in these municipalities.” – Rahul Mehrotra

Redesigning City Streets with a Mobile Phone | Jessica Lowry | GOOD
Key to the Street is a cloud-based service that allows anyone with a mobile device to participate in the design of public spaces.

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This Week in Landscape | 5 January 2014

This Week in Landscape is back after a two week hiatus over the holiday break. We start 2014 with some great reading from the past couple of weeks.

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London will have bike highways in the sky | Lloyd Alter | Treehugger
Foster & Partners releases new images of an update based on the SkyCycle scheme developed by Sam Martin’s from Exterior Architecture in 2012.

Ten new year’s resolutions for architects in 2014 | Oliver Wainwright | The Guardian
10 resolutions with some applicable to landscape architects including “Be nice to skateboarders”.

When Tech Culture And Urbanism Collide | John Tolva | Gizmodo India
An interesting piece following on from recent media about how tech don’t understand how to create cities offline.

We need a Jamie Oliver of architecture to save us from uninspiring design says Living Architecture founder Alain de Botton | Jonathan Owen | Independent
Alain de Botton is hoping their is a Jamie Oliver out there to sort out architecture in Britain, I wonder if landscape architecture needs its own Jamie Oliver?

7 Architects On How To Design For Disaster | Fast Co.
Diana Balmori, Michael Manfredi, Peter Gluck, And More Top Architects Speak Exclusively To Co.design On How To Safeguard Cities Against The Next Hurricane Sandy.

Get to the point with your garden design | Marty Ross | Kansas City Star
“Focal points are a garden’s visual resting spots. In the flashy riot and exuberance of a summer garden, they lead the eye through it all, gently imposing order on a view.”
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This Week in Landscape | 15 December 2013

The last edition of  This Week In Landscape for 2013 summarising the weekly landscape news

A Successful Push to Restore Europe’s Long-Abused Rivers | Fred Pearce | Yale e360
“From the industrial cities of Britain to the forests of Sweden, from the plains of Spain to the shores of the Black Sea, Europe is restoring its rivers to their natural glory.”

Israel Inaugurates First Memorial to Gay Holocaust Victims in Tel Aviv | Forward
“The memorial was planned by the landscape architect Prof. Yael Moriah, who has been in charge in recent years of the renovation of Gan Meir. It consists of three triangles – the symbol of the gay community. ”

Designs on King’s Cross | Dan Pearson | Guardian
“Creating a new public garden near London’s King’s Cross station reminds Dan why autumn is his favourite time of year for planting”

Jan Gehl Laments Starchitects’ Focus on Form | Rich Heap | Future Cities
“The architects have been utterly confused. We have seen an increasing focus on form. Architects are now competing on form.”

Royal Gardener Planted The Seed Of Urban Planning At Versailles | Eleanor Beardsley | NPR
“Le Notre transformed the profession of gardener into a high-level royal service and turned his trade into a grand art,” Moulin says.

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