Over 5,000 people attended Gaining Ground, the recent ASLA Annual Meeting & Expo in Boston. The meeting gave the impression that the landscape industry in the USA has turned a corner and is heading into 2014 with a sense of confidence with a touch of mild trepidation. The ASLA Meeting and Expo allows attendees to gain insights and learning on a wide variety of topics in areas of design, technology, business, combined with an Expo that showcases a wide variety of products. The event also provides the opportunity to catch up with friends and make new ones with casual chats and discussions often extending into the night over dinner or a drink.
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This public boardwalk in Pyrmont, Sydney, completes the foreshore upgrades to Jacksons Landing – a waterfront community over 10 years in the making. The new wharf strengthens the open space connections between the significant foreshore parks to the north and south, provides an opportunity to engage with the water, and a generous shared path along the waterfront.
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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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The Mayor of New York recently announced that the city will install the largest solar energy installation in New York City at Freshkills Parks. The installation is set to power 2,000 homes and will increase the City’s current renewable energy capacity by 50 percent. The Administration is moving forward with steps to officially map an additional 1,500 acres of Freshkills into parkland, officially bringing the total for Freshkills Park to 2,200 acres and bringing total parkland in New York City to more than 30,000 acres for the first time in history.
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The ULI Gerald D. Hines Student Urban Design Competition—now in its 12th year—is an urban design and development challenge for graduate students. The Hines Competition challenges multidisciplinary student teams to devise a comprehensive development program for a real, large-scale site. Teams of five students representing at least three disciplines have two weeks to develop solutions that include drawings, site plans, tables, and market-feasible financial data.
This is an ideas competition; there is no expectation that any of the submitted schemes will be applied to the site. The winning team will receive $50,000 and the finalist teams $10,000 each.
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