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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This Week In Landscape | 8 December 2013


Harvard GSD held the Airport Landscape: Urban Ecologies in the Aerial Age conference back in mid-November and recently GSD uploaded the videos to Youtube. Above is the Round table moderated by Elizabeth Meyer. The panel includes Anita Berrizbeitia, Felipe Correa, Christophe Girot, Eelco Hooman, Mary Margaret Jones, and Chris Reed.

The weekly landscape news links from around the world…

Planting for the future: Dan Pearson on designing London’s Garden Bridge | David Sexton | London Evening Standard
“Dan Pearson has addressed this by developing a story, a narrative, for the garden, “to allow you to move from one place to another and have a series of different chapters”, in five different zones.”

2013′s Notable Developments in Landscape Architecture | Charles A. Birnbaum
“In surveying the year in landscape architecture, “aptness,” a word favored by the great Modernist landscape architect Dan Kiley seems, well, appropriate.”

45 succeed in Pathway to Chartership | Landscape Institute
“The LI has written to congratulate the 45 candidates who successfully completed the Pathway to Chartership last month.”

What to do with old airports? | Kevin Hartnett | boston.com
To landscape architects, it’s a delightful question, and one that has generated an enormous amount of activity over the last fifteen years or so. And last month the Harvard Graduate School of Design hosted a two-day conference called “Airport Landscapes”

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This Week in Landscape | 1 December

After a two week hiatus as WLA was travelling for 2013 ASLA meeting in Boston – we are back to a normal schedule…

Olmsted, the Boston years | Kevin Hartnett | Boston Globe
“IN THE LATE 1870s, New York’s loss was Boston’s gain: Frederick Law Olmsted, renowned for designing Central Park but then booted from the Big Apple, landed in Brookline.”

Bank of Canada renewal plan stirs controversy | Maria Cook | Ottawa Citizen
“The bank plans to remove the garden and close public access to the courtyard…“This sounds lethal,” says Cornelia Oberlander, a high-profile Vancouver landscape architect”

Creating a more flood resistant Jamiaca Bay | The Forum
“…the City College of New York has landed a $250,000 Rockefeller Foundation grant that will allow it to develop design strategies and improve resiliency in coastal zones subject to flooding. ”

Landscape architects ‘could enable paradigm shift’ in GI alternative to Thames super sewer | Landscape Institute
“Landscape architects could play a key role in the adoption of a less-expensive green infrastructure (GI) alternative to Thames Water’s proposed £4bn ‘super sewer’, the Thames Tideway Tunnel.”
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