SNRE students contribute to winning paper on climate change

Global climate change and coastal brownfield redevelopment are two subjects that on the surface don’t play well together.

But a group of University of Michigan graduate students, including four from its School of Natural Resources and Environment ( SNRE ), have come up with an award-winning strategy. Their proposal calls for linking the subjects with a glue: a planning and design concept known as “resilience.”

The students’ interdisciplinary work was produced in the fall for the course “NRE 576/UP 576: Applying Landscape Ecological Design to Brownfield Redevelopment.” Joan Nassauer, a professor of Landscape Architecture at SNRE, developed and taught the course, which received significant support in 2007 from the Graham Environmental Sustainability Institute, Lubert-Adler, Antares Real Estate and their partners in Stamford, Conn. Each interdisciplinary team in the course developed its own focus for proposing an alternative scenario for a 220-acre brownfield redevelopment site on the South End of Stamford.

Members of the winning team are: Jeffrey Carey, College of Engineering; M’Lis Bartlett, Amy Beltamacchi and Amy Kludt, landscape architecture ( SNRE ); Sarah Levy, environmental policy ( SNRE ); and Stacey Braverman, Law School.  The title of their winning project is “Building Resilience:  Remediation Options for Minimizing Risk on Coastal Brownfield Development in light of Global Climate Change.”

Source: SNRE Press Release

2008 CSLA EXCELLENCE & RECOGNITION AWARDS

(OTTAWA) – The Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA) is pleased to announce that 26 projects located in Canada as well as in South Korea, Cuba and the United States have won national and regional recognition in the prestigious 2008 CSLA Awards of Excellence in Landscape Architecture. In addition, the CSLA is delighted to honour seven Canadians with the Society’s 2008 Recognition Awards.

The CSLA Awards of Excellence recognize and encourage excellence in all aspects of the landscape architecture profession as well as promote a strong awareness of landscape architecture among related professions, potential clients and the general public. The 2008 Awards of Excellence winners are:

The three National Honour Award winners are:

· Zeidler Partnership Architects/Tarek El-Khatib (Toronto, Ontario) for the Canadian Diplomatic Complex in Seoul, South Korea;
· Serge Poitras, Jim Vafiades, Jim Melvin and Claude Potvin (Montréal, Québec; London, Toronto and Ottawa, Ontario) for Cuba 2007 – Landscape Synergy: An Exchange of Culture, Ideas & Opportunities; and
· PWL Partnership Landscape Architects Inc./Don Wuori Design (Vancouver and Surrey, British Columbia) for the East Fraserlands – Phase I Public Realm Plan in Vancouver. 

CSLA’s New Executive

2008-09 CSLA Executive: Cathy Sears of Calgary Becomes President, Linda Irvine of Markham is President-Elect of Canada’s National Landscape Architecture Association

Cathy Sears, a vice president and leader for Stantec’s Planning & Landscape Architecture practice, was appointed President of the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA) during the organization’s annual general meeting held recently in Quebec City, Quebec. Linda Irvine of Markham, Ontario was elected to the position President-elect, while Myke Hodgins of Hodgins & Associés in Montreal, Quebec, transitioned to the role of Past President of the 1,500 member national organization.

Source: Canadian Society of Landscape Architects

Urban forest grows in Soweto

The target is to plant 200 000 trees in dry and dusty Soweto by the end of the year. Already well on the way, City Parks has a number of tree-planting projects on the go.

WITH thousands more trees being planted in the dusty, denuded areas of Soweto, this area may reach its urban forest status sooner than expected.

The next big tree planting event planned by Johannesburg City Parks is on 22 April, when the world celebrates International Earth Day. Some 15 000 trees will be planted by the utility in Bram Fischerville and Meadowlands as part of the City’s drive to green Soweto and other marginalised areas.

City Parks has a target of planting 200 000 trees by the end of this year, says Jenny Moodley, its marketing and communications manager. With the Earth Day project and the 24-hour extreme park make-over planned in May for Diepkloof, the tally of trees planted since 2006 will grow to over 78 000.

Source: city of johannesburg – Urban forest grows in Soweto.

CABE – Designing streets for people – not traffic

Most streets in this country are failing pedestrians, and need to become destinations again, and not simply ways of getting traffic from A to B.

Radical new thinking in urban street design may point the way forward. Civilised streets, a new report from CABE, sets out the opportunities and challenges of new design approaches. It argues that the car still dominates and our streets will only become more civilised places if the needs of pedestrians are prioritised over cars.

CABE argues that streets which are designed to give all users more freedom of movement are ultimately slower, safer and more social places. These civilised streets are places where people of all ages can walk, cycle, play, talk and shop more easily. Civilised streets explores the contentious concept of shared space, which advocates removing signs and guard rails, obliging drivers and pedestrians to become more alert to each other, which in turn leads to more responsible driving.

Shared space is one way of rescuing our streets from the car. Director of CABE Space, Sarah Gaventa, highlights New Road in Brighton as one example of how redesigning a street can reinvent it. If the country is to get more streets of such quality, local authorities, highway engineers and planners must both understand and consider shared spaces as a means of delivering more civilised streets.

Go to CABE.org.uk now to download the series of publications

Source: CABE – Designing streets for people – not traffic | News | .

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