Image Credit | Damian Holmes
Berlin celebrates parks and nature with a weekend of 500 events
Stiftung Naturschultz organised the Langer Tag der StadtNatur programme of 500 events over two days (14-15 June) including hiking, green roofs tours, bird watching, bee hive management, midnight walks and more all over the city of Berlin.
ASLA announces 2014 Honors
ASLA announced the annual honors including the ASLA Medal, ASLA Design Medal and more.
From landfill to landscape in Tel Aviv | Ulrike Schleicher | dw.de
Are ugly industrial wastelands a fact of modern life? Peter Latz doesn’t think so. The German landscape architect’s newest project will convert a Tel Aviv landfill into a gigantic public green space.
Anti-homeless spikes are part of a wider phenomenon of ‘hostile architecture’
“”So it’s OK, for example, to sit around as long as you are in a cafe or in a designated place where certain restful activities such as drinking a frappucino should take place but not activities like busking, protesting or skateboarding. It’s what some call the ‘mallification’ of public space, where everything becomes like a shopping mall.”
Tree Experts From Japan Use Century-Old Technique to Save ‘Heritage’ Tree | StateCollege.com
“Outside the Deike building on the Penn State campus, a century-old Japanese maple stands tall and firm, propped up by a slew of new wooden support beams.”
Jorn Langberg’s garden: where green is the new black | Francine Raymond | Telegraph
“What happens to a perfect garden when its creator dies? Some gardeners are lucky enough to have sympathetic heirs to inherit their passion, while others plan ahead and set up trusts to protect their creations. The rest of us just accept that gardens grow and change, and leave our plots in the lap of the gods.”
Following selection in the 2011 competition UNStudio’s World Horticultural Expo Theme Pavilion in Qingdao has been realised. The World Horticultural Expo 2014 takes place the Chinese city of Qingdao (from April to October 2014) and is expected to attract 15 million international visitors. The main theme of the expo is ‘From the Earth, For the Earth’ and aims to encourage the exchange of culture, technology and horticultural knowledge.
Continue reading Qingdao World Horticultural Expo Theme Pavilion | Qingdao China | UNStudio
Stoss Landscape Urbanism celebrated the opening of Thomas J Sweeney Playground on Thursday, May 29. Families from the neighborhood joined Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh in cutting the ribbon to the newly redesigned public park as children enjoyed the playground’s poured-in-place rubber surface and newly installed benches, fountains, and rope structures.
Continue reading Sweeney Playground opens in South Boston
Tagus Linear Park – Topiaris Landscape Architecture from Joao Morgado on Vimeo. [Great Aerial Video taken with a drone]
The Tagus Linear Park is an area of 15 000 sq m that was conquered by the surrounding communities of the industrial private sector and was felt as a democratic intervention by those forever deprived of access to the River. For the first time, people of adjacent urban communities are given recreation and leisure opportunity in direct contact with the riverside, which was until recently blocked by large industrial lots. People of all ages, from different walks of life and cultural backgrounds are now invited to come and enjoy a diverse palette of equipment and activities: from sports, fishing, walking and cycling to environmental education, or simply to get an eyeful of the landscape.
Continue reading Tagus Linear Park | Póvoa de Santa Iria Portugal | Topiaris
Anti-homeless studs at London residential block prompt uproar | The Guardian
“Metal studs have been installed outside a block of flats in central London to deter rough sleepers.”
[WLA Editor: Is such a design element necessary? Shouldn’t we be facilitating policies and designs that provide shelter?]
Levees Could Protect Lower Manhattan From Future Floods | Curbed NY
Southern Manhattan Coastal Protection Study proposes a 1.3-mile-long living barrier made up of a multi-purpose levee system.
Meadowlands flood plan faces hurdles | James M. O’Neill & Scott Fallon | North Jersey.com
“It took the federal government to say we have to look at larger geographic areas and longer term solutions rather than sending quick money to people to rebuild their houses,” said Peter Kasabach, executive director of New Jersey Future, a non-profit group advocating efficient land use. “It’s taking science into account.”….“There’s a real opportunity around resiliency planning,”
Call for Creative Director for the 2015 Festival of Landscape Architecture | AILA
“The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) is now seeking expressions of interest for the role of Creative Director for the 2015 Festival of Landscape Architecture. Individuals, practices, schools of Landscape Architecture, or collaborative teams are encouraged to apply.”
New Desalination Technologies Spur Growth in Recycling Water | Cheryl Katz | Yale e360
“Desalination has long been associated with one process — turning seawater into drinking water. But a host of new technologies are being developed that not only are improving traditional desalination but opening up new frontiers in reusing everything from agricultural water to industrial effluent.”
edyn solar powered garden system by fuseproject monitors and tracks plants
The Edyn Garden Sensor tracks light, humidity, temperature, soil nutrition and moisture, and then cross-references this information with plant, soil science and weather databases to recommend which plants will thrive. [WLA Editor: With environmental sensors and apps becoming inexpensive and easily accessible, what role will they play in landscape architecture?]
Continue reading This Week in Landscape | 8 June 2014