Louise Gray reports for the Telegraph (UK)
“Harvard professor Martha Schwartz said the gardening culture has led to a profusion of beautiful private gardens.
But policy-makers do not attach so much importance to the aesthetic quality of streets, squares or parks because the public does not demand the same high standards in open areas that they attach to their own gardens, she claims.
She said the country needs to leave behind the romanticised ideology of the private garden, which is “holding Britain back”.”
read the great article at the [SOURCE: Telegraph.co.uk – English obsession with gardening ‘prevents improvement of public parks’, claims Harvard professor ]]
Architect’s Journal reports
“The six-strong shortlist for the 7,000m² King’s Cross Square in London has finally been announced following months of delays
Architects Stanton Williams, Gehl Architects and Field Operations head up three of the teams, with landscape architects Martha Schwartz Partners, Gustafson Porter and Gross.Max leading the remaining three.
The international competition received 101 expressions of interest and the shortlist announcement was initially due in the summer of 2008.”
Read the full article @ the SOURCE: Architect’s Journal – King’s Cross Square shortlist announced
LORI STAHL of the Dallas Morning News reports
“The landscape architect selected to design the surroundings of the Bush Library is known for tackling tricky, prominent projects, including Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House.
Michael Van Valkenburgh, principal of a New York- and Cambridge-based design firm, is a recently announced key member of the design team that will create the Bush Library on a narrow tract of land between SMU and Central Expressway.”
Read the full article @ the SOURCE: Dallas Morning News – Laura Bush enthusiastic about landscape architect for presidential library
David Ng at the Los Angeles Times reports “A jogging route designed by Mia Lehrer’s firm helps open up a reservoir area to more public use — not necessarily a goal that pleases everyone.
For the last 10 years, Mia Lehrer + Associates has been making its mark on public-space projects throughout Southern California, with commissions in L.A. and Orange counties. Lehrer said the Silver Lake project ranks as one of the most satisfying but also frustrating experiences of her career.”
read the full article @ the [SOURCE: Los Angeles Times -The arduous journey to a new Silver Lake Reservoir path
Nick Whitten at CNplus.co.uk reports “Developers are understood to be holding talks with Mayor of London Boris Johnson over plans for 250 metre high skyscraper nicknamed the Breadsticks.
Sellar Property Group is reportedly working with Swiss architects Herzog and de Meuron on the plans for the three predominantly residential glazed towers at a site next to the Shard in London Bridge.”
read more @ the SOURCE: CNplus.co.uk – Sellar Group in talks over 250 metre residential skycraper.