This weeks round-up of landscape news from around the web.
Q+A> LAURIE OLIN | The Architect’s Newspaper
The Architect’s Newspaper interviews noted landscape architect discusses the profession and the state of public space today.
New Report Highlights Raft of Inspiring Examples of Transformative Actions by Cities and Local Governments | UNEP
A raft of transformative and inspiring policies by cities and local governments, which can assist in creating a sustainable 21st century, were spotlighted in a new report released today by ICLEI – Local Government for Sustainability and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).
Habitats for harmony | Kim Wilkie | FT.com
Acclaimed landscape architect Kim Wilkie on two projects he has undertaken in fragile environments…
Parks Canada Launches New Learn to Camp Smartphone Application
Parks Canada has launched a new Smart phone App to help first time campers enjoy a camping trip to Canada’s national parks.
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Linearscape won the Harlem Edge competition with Sym’bio’pia. A prototype for dense urban environments where food can be locally grown year round in controlled symbiotic environments and distributed through existing networks of farmers’ markets, grocery stores and community supported agricultural pick-up areas.
Continue reading An Ecological City Model for the 21st Century | Sym’bio’pia | Linearscape
As the next step in a planning process begun in the mid 1970’s, the vision presented here is a proposal for the revitalization of the Northeast Riverfront District, the City of Wausau’s former industrial land along the Wisconsin River. Prior to this, the City had substantially developed its plan for the central downtown and completed its purchase of most of the long dormant Northeast Riverfront District. At the next stage, the City hired a team of graduate student architects and planners with UW-Milwaukee’s Community Design Solutions (CDS) to adopt relevant recommendations from previous plans, integrate input from the community, and apply their skills and knowledge of modern design principles to create an urban landscape vision that stimulates further public input, planning, and decision-making. City officials and City Planner Brad Lenz had decided to bring an outside student group in for this project to provide fresh eyes for the task of creatively revitalizing a landscape that for so long had symbolized Wausau’s industrial decline.
Continue reading Wausau North East Riverfront Masterplan | Wausau Wisconsin | Community Design Solutions
The Woodland Discovery Playground was designed by Shelby Farm Park Conservatory’s Master Plan design firm, James Corner Field Operations (JCFO), and the design process was anything but ordinary. To create the next great 21st century play landscape, SFPC and JCFO went straight to experts—local kids. The site for the Woodland Discovery Playground is situated on an existing twenty-year-old play area and edged by woodland that has been overtaken by Chinese Privet. The design of the playground capitalizes on its location with a woodland restoration project and significant new native plantings that enmesh the play space with its surroundings.
Within its wooded context, outdoor play at Shelby Farms Park will promote discovery, provoke challenges, embrace delight, encourage creativity, build relationships, and cultivate healthy children’s development. The new Woodland Discovery Playground will shape an environment that allows for change, transformation, and growth; that reflects theories about how children learn, develop, and play; and that meaningfully engages with the entire Memphis community.
Continue reading Woodland Discovery Playground at Shelby Farms Park | James Corner Field Operations
Skolkovo Urban Design Concept by OMA
On January 20, the two finalist companies, AREP (France) and OMA (the Netherlands) made detailed presentations of their proposed urban development concepts and highlighted the key benefits of their respective projects.
Continue reading OMA & AREP finalists for Skolkovo – Russia’s Silicon Valley