Taksim Square – Gezi Park Protests, İstanbul | IMAGE CREDIT | Alan Hilditch
Turkish Prime Minister Is Practicing Landscape Architecture Without a License | Professor Sadik Artunc, FASLA, RLA | The Dirt
“The proposed plans do not seem to give even a cursory thought to the needs of pedestrians. They do not offer any significant design elements for the human scale. Perhaps another unstated objective of the PM is to minimize and eventually remove the monument to the Independence War…”
Landscape architect Peter Walker, who designed the Nasher garden, strongly denounces Museum Tower and its ownership | mgranberry | Dallas News
“Peter Walker, the much-heralded landscape architect, who designed the garden of the Nasher Sculpture Center, came out ferociously in defense of his project on Thursday.”
Researcher to study, develop public ‘healing spaces’ | Cornell Cornicle
“A Cornell researcher leads a team that was recently awarded a $750,000 National Open Spaces Sacred Places (OSSP) Award from the TKF Foundation to design, build and research spaces in Joplin, Mo., and in the New York City metropolitan area – that will focus on healing aspects of the human-nature interaction in the wake of disaster.”
Portland’s new tree code is a wise investment in our urban forest: Guest opinion | Meryl Redisch | Oregon Live
“Building the new tree code involved more than five years of work, city resources and community participation. The explicit goals set by citizen stakeholders for developing a new code were to streamline regulations, improve customer service, protect trees better during development and in general, and ensure compliance.”
Building Hyperdensity and Civic Delight | Vishaan Chakrabarti | Design Observer
“Sound urban development is the lynchpin of the hyperdense environment. Yet public advocacy for high-density development is extraordinarily low, primarily because its merits are misunderstood.”
Atkins to develop Eco-Low Carbon Urban Planning Guidance in China | Atkins
“Atkins has won an important new commission to develop guidance for eco-low carbon (ELC) urban planning in China. Funded by the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office Prosperity Fund and led by Atkins’ sustainable planning team in Beijing, the project involves working with both national government agencies and city governments and is aimed at providing a key, high profile reference point for ELC urban planning in China. ”
Ten Sustainable Ideas to Transform Cities | This Big City
Sustainia 100 is a catalogue of transformative ideas for sustainability – a “one-stop toolbox for sustainable solutions,” if you will. A new ‘toolbox’ is put together annually by the Danish organisation Sustainia,
NYC presents the City’s long-term plan to further prepare for the impacts of a changing climate
“A Stronger, More Resilient New York”, a comprehensive plan that contains actionable recommendations both for rebuilding the communities impacted by Sandy and increasing the resilience of infrastructure and buildings citywide.”
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Taksim Square – Gezi Park Protests, İstanbul | by Flickr User Alan Hilditch
Another week of great landscape content on the web. Here are our picks of the week…
Urbanism and the Landscape Architect | Mark Hough | Planetizen
“Landscape architects are not given nearly enough recognition for being urbanists.”
How Big Is That Park? City Now Has the Answer | Lisa W. Foderaro | NY Times
“Over the last three years, the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation has been remeasuring every park in the system”
Edible Bus Stop opens as part of Chelsea Fringe | Landscape Institute
“The newly opened Edible Bus Stop on Lambeth’s Landor Road, is the first of the capital’s ‘pocket parks’ to be completed with matched funding from the Mayor’s Pocket Park Programme.”
City Shaping VI: In 21st Century Toronto, There is Momentum | Charles A. Birnbaum | Huffington Post
“As part of this transformation, what’s particularly noteworthy is Toronto’s use of landscape architecture as a development catalyst, especially along the city’s waterfront.”
The City and the Sea | Tom Vanderbilt | PLACES
“And as Hurricane Sandy showed, the sea will not be forgotten. At a parking lot under the FDR Drive, where a few months earlier I had queued for locally sourced tacos at the New Amsterdam Market, Craft told me the water would have been over our heads.”
Landscape Architect Finds Her Creativity Working In A Small Space | Bill Motchan | The Chicago Architecture Blog
“I love working with clients and learning their vision so I get to execute their vision,” she said.”
Renderings Revealed for Main Street at Brooklyn Bridge Park | Jessica Dailey | Curbed NY
Brooklyn Bridge Park’s plans for expansion of its Main Street section were unveiled at a recent community board meeting.
Designing cities for better health: If you build it, they will walk | Dave McGinn | The Globe and Mail
“Many Canadian cities have also officially adopted the new urban planning thinking, especially Toronto, where the public health department released a report in 2011 on how communities shape the health of residents….”
This Week saw the Centenary of the Chelsea Show and numerous great articles and blog posts, we have made a selection for your weekly reading.
Timelapse of Chelsea Best in Show – Trailfinders Australian Garden
9/11 Memorial: The Other Half | Saundra Marcel | Design Bureau
An interview with Peter Walker about the 9/11 Memorial and the remaining section of the plaza that needs to be built after the underground museum and train station are finished.
“Born to Rewild” with Landscape Designer Margie Ruddick | Diana Budds | Dwell On Design
Dwell on Design interview Margie Ruddick, this year’s winner of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award in Landscape Architecture.
New Strategies for funding the Public Realm | Jon Trementozzi | Sasaki Associates
there is often a deep chasm between the vision and implementation of projects intended to enhance the public realm. The reality is that many designs for these spaces and places never see the light of day. Overwhelmingly, the difference between a paper plan and a built project comes down to funding.
RMIT honours landscape architecture pioneer | Infolink
Emeritus Professor James Sinatra will become a Doctor of Design Honoris Causa, in recognition of his role in establishing landscape architecture education in Australia during a long academic career at RMIT.
Landscape architecture should come sooner, not later in design | Michael Biafore | West Virginia Illustrated
“At the residential level, however, landscape architecture is often relegated to the last step in not only the design phase of a home, but also the construction process. Many benefits can be realized in the planning and construction of a home by hiring a landscape architect to work on site design, sometimes even prior to the selection of an architect and/or a home builder.”
Everyone Deserves Good Design | John Cary | Metropolis
“Whether as an architect, landscape architect, or planner, if you remember one thing from my talk today, I hope it’s to take the time to watch and listen to these people, and to learn from them. In that sense, your real design education is just beginning and will never end.”
The Ego and the Architect | Beth Mosenthal | Archinect
“When I think about the people I would consider “leaders” in my office, they don’t just include the people with the highest-ranking title or the most experience. They are the people who send out design inspiration emails, events, and tips to keep us involved and aware.”
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After a two week break,
This Week in Landscape is back with the landscape links from this week.
Tree planted in memory to Olympic architect | ITV
A large oak tree will be planted in memory of John Hopkins, who was responsible for the London 2012 parklands, transforming an urban corner of east London into an ecological park. The oak tree will be planted in heart of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, in the newly named Hopkins Field.
With Security, Trade Center Faces New Isolation | David W. Dunlap | NY Times
“…neighbors and planners worry that the trade center will once again feel cut off from its surroundings, a place where security credentials prevail, traffic is unwelcome and every step is scrutinized,”
Public gardens: A new model blossoms | Adrian Higgins | Washington Post
Brady is a Washington-based landscape architect who has spent much of the past five years working on the garden[New York Botanical Garden’s new native plant garden] with her colleagues at Oehme van Sweden Landscape Architects — OvS — alongside a team at the botanic garden.
Landscape Designer Margie Ruddick Brings a New Meaning to Green Design | Smithsonian.com
The Smithsonian interviews Margie Ruddick winner of the 2013 National Design Award
The ultimate roof garden | Francine Raymond | Telegraph
“The ultimate outdoor space: The Kensington Roof Gardens”
Human Scale at Hudson Yards | J. Michael Welton | Huffington Post
“More recently, NBW trumped entries by OLIN Partners and Sasaki in a competition for the design of 14 acres of grand parks and open spaces at Hudson Yards in Manhattan…”
CCNY Landscape Architecture thesis project wins Wayne Grace Prize | CCNY
“Chiara Di Palma, a 2012 graduate of the Spitzer School of Architecture’s Master of Landscape Architecture program, proposed a solution that would enable New York’s container ports to receive larger ships. At the same time, it would promote a healthier coastal ecology.”
It’s easy to go green, says local landscape architect Michael Felton | James Qualtrough |Isle News
“In recognition of Green Office Week, which runs from 13th to 17th May 2013, local landscape architect, Michael Felton, is encouraging island businesses to transform their offices into plant friendly, green environments.”
Chelsea Garden Show 2013
The RHS 2013 Chelsea Garden Show opens this week celebrating 100 years.
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The Department for Culture, Media and Sport
With nature in mind | Harvard Gazette
A video of Kongjian Yu focusing on the problems presented by China’s rapid urbanization, espousing a philosophy that would have planners consider the environment first.
Are Landscape Architects & Engineers Frenemies? | Nathalie Shanstrom | Sustainable Cities Collaborative
“Successful design of trees as stormwater infrastructure requires a collaborative, holistic approach that can satisfy the needs of both specialties.”
What’s Your Major: Landscape Architecture | Reema Abi-Akar | The Daily Illini
“Every time you touch the land, you make an impact on it,” Reynolds said. “So we really try to learn in ways that are … going to grow and help the community economically and socially.”
A Six-Year Grassroots Effort Planted in Time for Earth Day | studionelevenblog
A not-so-uncommon conversation between neighbors about the lack of pedestrian safety on their street escalated into an urban intervention that would reshape and green one of the busiest streets of their Long Beach, CA neighborhood.
Grand Opening for Bullitt Center and McGilvra Place Park | berger partnership
Earth Day marked the grand opening for the Bullitt Center and McGilvra Place Park.
Jerusalem wins design award for park | By Daniel K. Eisenbud | The Jerusalem Post
“The Jerusalem Municipality won an award for the design and construction of the Railroad Park.” Jerusalem Railway Park by Tichnun-Nof Landscape Architects.
Landscape Architecture in the Chinese context | Marc Deuschle | ArchitectureAU
“It was only recently that landscape architecture became a stand-alone degree in China, and the first graduates only began to emerge in the early 2000s. Together with returned foreign-taught practitioners they are now establishing themselves in both locally owned and foreign-owned design offices.”
Three Keys to creating Great ‘Good Places’ | Carl Meyer | Perkins+Will Blog
“As the world continues to urbanize, the importance of design and the idea of “place” will become more and more important to the livability of cities.”
Cultural Fluency: Intersections of Art and Urbanism | Jonathan Tarleton | Urban Omnibus
“The exhibited projects all have a performative or public quality, which a display in the glowing white box of the gallery fails to fully capture.”
100 Urban Interventions in 1 Day | Joe Peach | This Big City
“…each putting in place the projects and changes they want to see in their city all on the same day? That’s the goal of 100en1día (100 in 1 day) – a social movement originating from Bogotá, Colombia, which aims to inspire citizen driven change on a significant scale, transforming cities over a 24 hour period.”
Garden designs that give back | Bill Lahay | Miami Herald
“Gardens grow our food, give us shade, calm frazzled nerves and nudge us toward the deep solace that a quiet connection with the natural world can provide.”
Keeping it green during drought | Jim Beal | My San Antonio
“The same principles that apply to large-scale projects also cover the work weekend gardeners do on their lawns, just on a different scale.”
Herbs can spice up your landscape design | Scott Hininger | Sheridan Press
“Ounce for ounce, many herbs used to flavor our foods have more antioxidant power than berries, fruits, and vegetables, according to Agricultural Research Service study.”
A Pox on Your Flowers | Anne Raver | NY Times
“A mysterious strain of downy mildew has been killing one of the home gardener’s favorite annual flowers, Impatiens walleriana, up and down the East and West Coasts, in the Midwest, Texas and Ontario.”
Cherry Blossom | Washington DC | IMAGE CREDIT | National Cherry Blossom Festival
IFLA World Congress Opening Address | Stephen Brown, NZILA President | Scoop
“In addressing many of the issues that I have alluded to, it seems to me that landscape architects will bring three highly important ingredients to the table: a discipline that melds the arts and sciences – integrating, not divorcing them from one another; appreciation of cultural values and diversity; and the ability – indeed proclivity – to work in an integrative or facilitative capacity with one another and with other disciplines.”
A Wilder Way | Noel Kingsbury | NY Times T Magazine
“Piet Oudolf, the Dutch designer who is responsible for the planting in both of these public projects, is also much in demand for planting private gardens, like this one in Nantucket…”
A Park for the Ages | Kathy Blaha | City Parks Blog
Kathy looks at the lessons learned as it approaches its tenth anniversary.
The Green Team Part 12: Dumpster Diving – Are Container Forests in Our Future? | Lisa DuRussel | Metropolis Magazine
“One of these strategies is a container forest. The successful use (and reuse) of shipping containers and dumpsters has been demonstrated in the architectural realm…”
Eco-Visualization: Aesthetics for Sustainability | Juliet Helmke | Urban Omnibus
“Juliet Helmke traces the origins and prospects of a genre of art that aims to educate and more effectively influence consumer behavior through the reinterpretation of ecological data.”
Find out if your house will be underwater by 2100 | Robert T. Gonzalez | io9.com
The folks at Climate Central have put together an interactive map applicationthat lets you see how rising seas will effect coastal regions of the United States over the next century.
New Satelitte-based systeme will track illegal deforestation in real time | Yale Environment e360
A coalition of organizations has unveiled a digital tool its developers say will help governments, environmental groups, and local communities monitor illegal logging in the world’s forest regions in real time