This Week in Landscape | 25 May 2014 | News & Upcoming Events

Movers & spacers: Winning landscape architects champion smart, fun public areas | Lucy Hyslop | Vancouver Sun
“It’s just another slice of park life, but this time the landscape architect whose firm designed the new and recently accoladed Mid Main green space is happily taking in the animated vignette. “None of that would have happened before in this space,” Joe Fry says with modest yet tangible glee. “It’s very satisfying seeing it being used.”

Celebrating New Pier While Debating Park’s Uses | Vivian Yee | New York Times
Pier 2 & 4 opened this week at Brooklyn Bridge Park however a recent NYC RFP for towers is causing concern with city residents

Community garden evolving on vacant downtown lot | Seth Slabaugh | The Star Press
Ball State University landscape architecture students are installing a community garden, mural and courtyard on a highly visible vacant lot at Main and High streets in downtown Muncie.

A Blueprint to End Paralysis Over Global Action on Climate | Timothy E. Wirth & Thomas A. Daschle | Yale e360
“The international community should stop chasing the chimera of a binding treaty to limit CO2 emissions. Instead, it should pursue an approach that encourages countries to engage in a “race to the top” in low-carbon energy solutions.”

Landscape architect reimagines Olmsted’s Jackson Park, makes pitch for conservancy and nixing golf driving range
“Vermont-based architect Patricia O’Donnell was picked earlier this year by privately-funded non-profit Project 120 to help restore designer Frederick Olmsted’s original influence on the park.”

Report Documents Preventable Pedestrian Deaths, Ranks Most Dangerous Metro Areas | ASLA
More than 47,000 people were killed while walking in the U.S. between 2003 and 2012, at a rate that has been rising in the last few years. The majority of those deaths likely could have been prevented with safer street design, according to a new report released today by the National Complete Streets Coalition, a program of Smart Growth America, in conjunction with AARP and American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA).”

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This Week in Landscape | 11 May 2014

Park and Slide Bristol [OFFICIAL VIDEO] from Cinematica Media on Vimeo.

Park and Slide in Bristol by Bristol Artist artist Luke Jerram turned Park Street in Bristol into a water slide! On the 4th May this giant 90m (300ft) water slide as part of Making Sundays Special and the Bristol Art Weekender. 96,573 people signed up for their chance to get a ‘ticket to slide’, through a ballot with only 360 tickets were issued.

The weekly shortlist of landscape architecture links from around the web..
Aspiring to the Trophy Garden | Linda Hales | New York Times
Patience goes with the privilege of territory. As Mr. Reed of MoMA put it, “You could see landscape as a performing art — the slowest of the performance arts.”

Dutch landscape architect wins grant for new type of farm on Malta | Gozonews.com
“A landscape architect from Holland has received a grant from the Dutch Creative Industries Fund to implement a project called ‘Fringefarm Malta & Gozo.’ Jos Willemsen developed the ‘fringefarm’ concept to give farmers and other rural entrepreneurs an economic incentive to work towards a greener environment.”

5 landscape designers and architects who pair soil with toil | Julie Earle-Levine | New York Post
Piet Oudolf, Susannah Drake, Raymond Jungles, Julie Farris, Michael Derrig – quick profile for each designer.

Dh6 billion to turn Dubai into ‘green paradise’ by 2025 | Sajila Saseendran | Khaleej Times

“Soft landscaping and the irrigation network in Dubai will get a boost with over Dh6 billion earmarked for them as part of the Dubai Municipality’s efforts to make the emirate a “green paradise” by 2025, officials said on Tuesday.”

Chelsea Flower Show: what influences the Telegraph designers? | Tim Richardson | Telegraph
With the Chelsea Flower show only a couple of weeks away, the Telegraph sits down with its designers to see what has inspired them this year.
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This Week in Landscape | 4 May 2014

Landscape architect designs toolkit to make cities inclusive of adults with autism | Medical Press
“A Kansas State University landscape architect has developed an urban toolkit that addresses needs for adults with autism”

Urban farms won’t feed us, but they just might teach us | Grist
“There’s plenty of good reasons to grow food in cities. But the hype of urban farms curing all ills and supplying a significant portion of their city’s calories is just that: hype.”

Urban Designers are Taking On Rising Sea Levels in the Seaport | Nick DeLuca | BostonInno
“BostInno spoke with Gina Ford, chair of Sasaki’s Urban Studio and landscape architect, as well as principal Jason Hellendrung about Sea Change: Boston’s origins and what they – as well as colleagues Nina Chase, Chris Merritt, Ruth Siegel and Carey Walker – hoped to achieve.”

Placemaking comes to Vancouver | Yvonne Zacharias | Vancouver Sun
“Urban designer Mark Lakeman has seen the power of community placemaking, or the reclamation of public space as social gathering points, as a powerful antidote to this phenomenon.”

Horticulturally ever after | Megan Backhouse | Sydney Morning Herald
“While Gwen insists she has never felt gardens need to be exclusively Australian, their garden is now almost entirely devoted to natives…..”

Continue reading This Week in Landscape | 4 May 2014

This Week In Landscape | 27 April 2014

Landscape News, Awards, Research and more from around the world this week

Designing cities and factories with urban agriculture in mind | William McDonough | Guardian
“The renewal of urban agriculture offers hope for a more positive, regenerative relationship between natural systems and human communities. From a design perspective, integrating agriculture into urbanism dramatically improves the generative capacity of buildings, landscapes, infrastructure and cities.”

Landscape Architecture Foundation announces 2014 Olmsted Scholars 
The Landscape Architecture Foundation is pleased to announce that Sara Zewde, a master’s student at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and Erin Percevault, an undergraduate at Louisiana State University, were selected as the 2014 National Olmsted Scholars.

Frederick Law Olmsted, poet of the urban landscape | Carlo Rotella | Boston Globe
“….Frederick Law Olmsted, the landscape architect — and journalist, conservationist, and public servant — who gave us Manhattan’s Central Park, Boston’s Emerald Necklace, the Niagara Reservation, and many other American places rich with meaning and beauty.”

Can public space support cultural diversity and different races ? | School of Architecture Planning & Landscape Urban Design Blog Newcastle University
” Therefore this raises question about how to make the concept of good cosmopolitanism includes everyone who defines themselves as a citizen of the city regardless of particular state, religion, family or profession.”

Complete streets and the role of the landscape architect | Mike Singleton | San Diego Source
“What does the term “complete streets” really mean? To most, it means taking a much broader look at how we allocate space along our public streets.”

Continue reading This Week In Landscape | 27 April 2014

This Week in Landscape | 20 April 2014

Another week of interesting landscape architecture news, articles and more…

Addressing Infrastructure Problems With Landscape Architecture | Catherine Yang | Epoch Times
“In helping people understand the role of landscape architecture, Drake hopes to prevent misguided policies. Hurricane Sandy has brought a greater interest in resiliency and sustainability citywide.”

The Flora of the Future | Peter Del Tredici | Places Observer
“The concept of ecological restoration, as developed over the past 20 years, rests on the mistaken assumption that we can somehow bring back past ecosystems by removing invasive species and replanting native species.”

Urban physics | Elizabeth Thomson | MIT News
“That serendipitous observation has since led to research that is tying together the seemingly disparate disciplines of physics and urban planning. “Ultimately, I believe there’s potential for this to become a new field of study,” says Ulm, the George Macomber Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering…..”

Zen and now | Megan Backhouse | The Age
An acclaimed design firm (TCL) takes an abstract approach to landscape architecture.

Bicycle-Friendly Cobblestones | Mikael Colville-Andersen | Copenghanize
“On a street in the centre of Copenhagen, there are now smoother strips along the curbs for bicycle users to use.”

Suburbs Are Out, Cities Are In — Now What? | Charles Komanoff | Streets Blog
“…. the great inversion, urbanologist Alan Ehrenhalt has dubbed this reversal of the suburbanization wave that swept through the U.S.”

Garden Museum gets set for Green Infrastructure Week | Landscape Institute
“The Landscape Institute joins English Heritage and the National Trust as partners supporting a comprehensive programme of events running from 28 April to 2 May.”

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