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.”
Continue reading This Week in Landscape | 1 December
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.”
Continue reading This Week in Landscape | 10 November 2013
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.
Continue reading Munthof Park | Antwerp Belgium | CLUSTER Landscape and Urbanism with ARA
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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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.
Continue reading This Week In Landscape | 27 October 2013