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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This Week in Landscape | 10 November 2013

Landscape news that caught our attention this week

The Expansive Designs of Landscape Architect Thomas Woltz | Alastair Gordon | WSJ
“With his highest-profile project to date, the greening of New York City’s $15 billion Hudson Yards development, WSJ. Magazine’s Design Innovator of 2013 is tapping into the power of a well-designed urban landscape to reveal our shared history—and find a more harmonious future”

People or Parks: The Human Factor in Protecting Wildlife | Richard Conniff | Yale e260
“Recent studies in Asia and Australia found that community-managed areas can sometimes do better than traditional parks at preserving habitat and biodiversity. When it comes to conservation, maybe local people are not the problem, but the solution.”

Primer on Landscape Architecture | Olivia Martin | Dwell
“Don’t know your Lawrence Halprin from your Richard Haag? We’ve rounded up some of our favorite articles, interviews, and essays on modern landscape architecture.”

Georgina Livingston 1941-2013 | Landscape Institute
“She collaborated most notably with the architect Ted Cullinan, and their work includes the 1992 competition-winning scheme for a new visitor centre at Stonehenge and the new Centre for Mathematical Sciences for Cambridge University, writes Katie Melville.”

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Munthof Park | Antwerp Belgium | CLUSTER Landscape and Urbanism with ARA


For years, square Munthof in the historical city center was an abandoned public garden, urgently in need of renovation. The place was known for its graffiti art works and was a favorite spot for drugs, junkies, vandalism. After a process of years with stakeholder participation from the neighborhood, the City of Antwerp organized a competition for a new park design.

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This Week In Landscape | 3 November 2013

Two ideas for New York | Diana Balmori | Aljeezera
The demands of urban life mean that the city must always reinvent itself; Diana Balmori weighs in on ways to save NYC

The Landscape Institute is publishing a position statement on the importance of landscape for public health.
‘Public Health and Landscape – Creating healthy places’, it is aimed primarily at public health teams and at policy makers. There will be a launch event on Tuesday 12 November.

Smooth growth: A challenge to traditional urban redevelopment | Natalie Moore | WBEZ91.5
Marshall Brown talks to WBEZ radio about a new approach that could allow neighborhoods such as Washington Park to gracefully accommodate depopulation.

British Artist Will Create A ‘New Icon’ For NYC In Hudson Yards | Jessica Dailey | Curbed NY
Thomas Heatherwick to design the artwork, which will be “a new icon for the city. Heatherwick will work with landscape architect Thomas Woltz of Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects to design the 4-acre plaza in which the artwork will be placed.

REBUILDING, IN MANY GUISES | Jennifer Reut | Landscape Architecture Magazine
In a lecture hall at New York University packed with politicians, planners, and students, an army of designers gathered Monday morning to show the initial stages of their ideas in the Rebuild by Design competition.

PFS Studio Lecture | November 4 | 6:30pm to 8:00pm | SALA lecture program | UBC | Robson Square 800 Robson Street

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This Week In Landscape | 27 October 2013


Storm damage along the New Jersey coast. Photo credit | Greg Thompson/USFWS

One year on from Hurricane Sandy and what have we learnt
Perspective: How My Firm Saved Brooklyn Bridge Park From Sandy’s Fury | Michael Van Valkenburgh | Fast.Co.Design
“We should aim to incorporate more flexibility and potential for dynamic change into how we build–especially working collaboratively with our clients and those who will maintain the built projects.”

Hurricane Sandy: One Year Later | James S. Russell | Architectural Record
“While victims struggle to rebuild, architects plan for the next Big One.”

EXHIBITION | Museum of the City of New York Presents Hurricane Sandy Photography Exhibition on One-Year Anniversary | October 29-March 2
Rising Waters” is an exhibition of photographs taken in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island that capture the super-storm, the damage, and the aftermath. The Exhibition culled from over 10,000 images sent by over 1,000 people; both professional photographers. The exhibition includes a SOLD OUT event URGENT: New York Perspectives on Resilience co-sponsored by The Architectural League of New York, the American Society of Landscape Architects, and Island Press.

In other landscape news
Landscape architects well represented on London design panel | Landscape Institute
Several landscape architects are among the 14 practices to have been appointed in the public realm and landscape category of the Greater London Authority’s and Transport for London’s Architecture, Design and Urbanism Panel.

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This Week In Landscape | 20 October 2013

The weekly roundup of news and interesting landscape links

The Urban Landscaper | William S. Saunders | Harvard Magazine
Michael Van Valkenburgh Profile

Why Our Brains Love Curvy Architecture | Eric Jaffe | Fast Co. Design
Recently neuroscientists have shown that this affection for curves isn’t just a matter of personal taste; it’s hard-wired into the brain.

Urban planning often a vehicle for obstruction | Robert Nelson | The Age
Planning Australian cities is good in theory, but there’s a catch. No one will agree with the plan. They’ll hate it and will even deny that it’s a plan at all. It’s a farce, a charade, a strategy full of holes and inconsistencies. It isn’t a ”real” plan.

National Park Service Reopens All National Parks | NPS
National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis today announced that as a result of the passage of a continuing resolution providing federal appropriations, the National Park Service have resumed operations effective October 17.

Martin Barry on Radio Prague podcast
A profile of New York-based landscape architect Martin Barry who last year launched a new festival and conference in Prague called reSITE, focussing on urbanism and rethinking the public space.

How research ecologists can benefit urban design projects | Eurekaa alert
Ecologists conducting field research usually study areas that they hope won’t be disturbed for a while. But in an article published in the November issue of BioScience, “Mapping the Design Process for Urban Ecology Researchers,” Alexander Felson of Yale University and his colleagues describe how ecologists can perform hypothesis-driven research from the start of design through the construction and monitoring phases of major urban projects.

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This Week In Landscape | 13 October 2013

Weekly landscape news links and interesting reading

University spending up, government down: World’s landscape architect of the year | BRW
“The Australian winner of the world’s highest award for landscape architecture says more work from institutions like universities is offsetting a decline in government work….”

China’s urban landscapes take on new meaning for New York architect | Xu Donghuan | SCMP
New York architect Jeffrey Johnson first visited China in the spring of 2006 with a group of students he was teaching at the graduate school of architecture, planning and preservation (GSAPP) at Columbia University.

Students rallying to save CCA courtyard | Amanda Grover | Utah Statesman
“Sam Taylor, a junior studying landscape architecture, has taken a particular interest in the project. He sees the courtyard as one of the most beautiful and valuable places on campus and important due to its use and the legacy it holds. The space was designed by a 1967 USU graduate, Garr Campbell, who later received his master’s degree from Harvard.”

Better Solutions for Auckland’s Berms | Joe Dawson | Auckland Now
“Debate over the berms has provided an opportunity to think about alternative ways to construct streetscapes, New Zealand Institute of Landscape Architects member Sally Peake says.”

Master of Landscape Architecture program receives accreditation | Washington University in St.Louis
“The Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) program in the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts has received a full, six-year term of accreditation from the Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board (LAAB).”

Ghost Tree Installed Above Lady Bird Lake | Alicia Dietrich | Alcalde
The art installation is meant to raise awareness about the ongoing drought across Texas, and it is the culmination of a yearlong collaboration by several Longhorn members and Women & Their Work, a visual and performing art organization in Austin

How Would NYC’s Great Urban Planners Design For The Future? | Jessica Dailey | Curbed NY
“Alex Washburn, New York City’s Chief of Urban Design, lives in Red Hook. When Hurricane Sandy hit, he watched the flood waters stream into stream into his brick townhouse, and since then, he, along with his neighbors, has been trying to figure out how to rebuild.”

A Gorgeous Map Of San Francisco, Stripped Of All The Urbanism | Mark Wilson | Fast Co. Design
The piece was inspired by a combination of San Francisco’s unique landscape and the general failings of traditional topographical maps, which are, on one hand, a triumph of data visualization, and on the other, very difficult for the average person to decipher.

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