This Week in Landscape | 28 September 2014

Swing Time (2014) – long from HYA on Vimeo.
Höweler + Yoon Architecture | Swing Time is an interactive playscape composed of 20 illuminated ring-shaped swings. The installation activates a temporary park between the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center and D Street to create a new type of city park.

What a Park’s Design Does to Your Brain | Rebecca Tushus-Dubrow | Next City
But Olszewska, now a doctoral candidate in landscape architecture and urban ecology at the University of Porto in Portugal, persevered. With a neuroscience professor at the university, she conducted a pilot project that culminated, earlier this year, in a conference paper titled “Urban Planning, Neurosciences and Contemplation for Improving Well-being in Our Cities.”

The Machine is a Garden | Amanda Kolson Hurley | Foreign Policy
In 1898, an unassuming British stenographer hatched the idea of “garden cities” as an antidote to dirty, crowded London. Today, a revival of that idea is spreading from the U.K. to China to India — and some people think it just might help save the planet.

LI appoints author for BIM for landscape book | Landscape Institute
“BIM for Landscape will be the first book of its kind, and is aimed at landscape practitioners, project leaders and decision-makers working with landscape 0n a BIM project. The book will be published in early 2016 by Taylor & Francis, publisher of the LI’s Guidelines for Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment (GLVIA).”

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HIGHLINE at The Rail Yards Phase 1 opens to the public

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Over the weekend the first phase of High Line at the Rail Yards opened to the public. The first phase stretches between West 30th and West 34th Streets to the south and north, and 10th and 12th Avenues to the east and west. This section of the park introduces exciting new design features that celebrate the unique context surrounding this section of the elevated railway. In response to public feedback gathered during three community input meetings hosted by Friends of the High Line, the design includes familiar elements like the iconic “peel-up” benches, intimate overlooks, and meandering pathways, while introducing new design features, such as a children’s exploration area and an interim walkway that wends through the existing landscape of self-seeded wildflowers, native grasses, and shrubs.

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Melano Park | Rivoli, Italy | Cristina Gragnolati

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In Italy,  the history of a place starts from far away. Everywhere you can find elements of many eras.  Melano Park is the sum and stratification of different historical layers.  It was a part of historical garden, after became agricultural area that was abandoned, and after the second world war,over the next sixty years grew into an intricate wood and wild weed infested landscape.

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This Week in Landscape | 21 September 2014

10 No Brainers – Say “Yes” to Parklets from Centre for City Ecology on Vimeo featuring Nancy Chater, Landscape Architect and Associate, The Planning Partnership.

Energy Corridor district mulches to maintain trees | Jocelyn Kerr | Chron.com
“In the old days when you’d build a freeway, you’d use the subsoil you dug up during construction, add some compost then seed it. It’s hard to grow anything in that. You need a better grade of soil. TxDOT came up with the Green Ribbon Project…”

Architects step in to street vendors row | Bangkok Post
“Landscape architect Kotchakorn Voraakhom, the project designer, said most city footpaths are not functional, adding an infrastructure plan that is synchronised between various government agencies was urgently…”

A Brazilian City’s Dilemma: How Urban Should a Waterfront Be? | Greg Scruggs | Next City
“Whatever the merits of JLAA’s plan, Mayor José Fortunati has moved it forward. On September 4, in a ceremony that featured Lerner, he announced a R$57 ($25 USD) million bid to implement the design scheme, a project scheduled to break ground in the first trimester of 2015.”

Wait Your Turn for the Swings at Boston’s Adult Playground | Anthony Flint | CityLab
“The wildly successful Lawn on D Street is a temporary park that took no tedious city planning. Should we let more urban design emerge organically?”

Building a beautiful, durable and sustainable streetscape is a team effort | Roger K. Lewis | Washington Post
“Urban and suburban streets should be structurally sound and safe for motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists. Ideally, they should also be beautiful.”

Graduate School of Design Launches $110-Million Campaign | Harvard Magazine
“THE HARVARD Graduate School of Design (GSD) launched its $110-million-plus fundraising campaign on September 12 and 13 with a series of events highlighting the school’s “grounded visionaries”: architects, planners, and designers who are at once free to dream of inventive solutions for—and intensely concerned with the practical challenges of—building a better world.”

“Save the Frick” Petition Racking Up Signatures | Rozalia Jovanovic | artnet news
“The Frick’s expansion plan, which was unveiled in June, calls for doing away with the coveted viewing garden on East 70th Street designed by landscape architect Russell Page”

Minneapolis is seeking a landscape architect to design the “Commons”

The City of Minneapolis is seeking a qualified landscape architect-led team to design the “Commons” (formerly known as “The Yard”), a two-block, 4.2 acre area bounded by Park Avenue, 4th and 5th Streets, and a proposed building on 5th Avenue South.

“This is an exciting opportunity for a landscape architect-led design team to shape a part of our city by creating an engaging, innovative, year-round public space,” said Tom Fisher, Co-Chair of the Park Committee, Dean of the University of Minnesota Design School. “The Commons will not only serve as the front yard before every Viking’s home game and major event hosted at the
new multipurpose stadium, but will be that world class destination that draws more residents, visitors, and investment to downtown Minneapolis.”
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