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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Quinta das Virtudes | Porto Portugal | Cláudio Folha and Filipe Silva

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The project “Quinta das Virtudes” was developed at an early stage by the following landscape architects: Cláudio Folha, Filipe Silva and Tiago Ortega in the context of the subject of Cultural Landscapes Project in the fourth year of Landscape Architecture course in the Faculty of Science of University of Porto in 2011.

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Arroyo Seco Confluence | Los Angeles USA | Hu Yingjun

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The Arroyo Seco Confluence is a complicated site in which freeways, rail infrastructure and the rivers are tightly intertwined. What’s more, the Confluence is a very important site with immense potential. The objectives of this study are to re-transform the Arroyo Seco from a channelized and single-functional channel to a multi-functional corridor of significant natural and cultural value, to provide safe access and create activities and recreation for people within the maze of pre-existing infrastructure, to regenerate for developing to bring new life and investment to nearby urban settlements.

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Al Fayah Park | Abu Dhabi UAE | Heatherwick Studio

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Can you make a park out of the desert? The studio was asked to re-conceive a major piece of public land in Abu Dhabi. Following the rapid pace of the city’s recent development there was a desire to provide a local park as a public space devoted to the well-being of the people of the city.

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Kavel K | The Hague Netherlands | Carve

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‘Kavel K’ is situated on a triangular plot, boxed in by a railway track and a connecting road. It is a skating, sports- and youth facility which attracts a wide range of different user groups. The public space and the building are designed as a unity; the façade and the skate-cradle blend together.

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