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…..”

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WLA 13 | Our latest magazine edition showcases 21 SMALL projects

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The 13th edition of WLA Magazine showcases 21 small scale projects from across the world. In this latest edition of WLA Magazine we feature an exciting range of projects of different scale projects from pocket gardens in Italy, pedestrian plazas in Sydney and Bangkok, a subtle walkway through the Australian bush, residential gardens in Boston, Thailand, and Lake Zurich, Switzerland, an indoor office oasis, amazing university courtyards in Amsterdam and the USA, cellular sized gardens and a beautiful rooftop garden in Manhattan featured on the cover.

WLA Magazine selects some of the best SMALL projects from around the world by firms including HMWhite, Oculus, Karres En Brands, Supermass Studio, Meyer+Silberberg Landscape Architecture, SHMA, ENEA, Colwell Shelor Landscape Architecture, Copley Wolff Design Group, Hansen Partnership, Inside Outside, Ground, Inc. and many more…

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Plant Pavilion | Qingdao China | Weddle Landscape Design

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China’s first low energy glasshouse opens on 28 April 2014.  It is the main Plant Pavilion for the 2014 International Horticultural Exhibition in Qingdao and 15 million visitors are expected over a six month period.  With a floor area of 12,800 square meters, it will be the largest public display glasshouse in Asia.

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Presidio Trust shortlists 5 firms for New Presidio Parkland

The Presidio Trust, working with the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy and the National Park Service, has invited five renowned design firms to develop conceptual design and programming for 10 acres of new parkland that will be created in the Presidio atop a dramatic bluff with panoramic Golden Gate views. The design opportunity came about as the result of the demolition of the 75-year-old freeway leading to the Golden Gate Bridge, which is being replaced by the Presidio Parkway, a new at-grade tunnel-covered roadway that will connect the two most expansive public spaces in the Presidio: the historic Main Post and the bay front at Crissy Field.  The project also includes three acres of newly designed parklands adjacent to the Crissy Field Center, including facilities and grounds for youth programs offered by the Trust, Conservancy, and National Park Service.
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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.”

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