This Week In Landscape | 11 November 2012

This Weeks landscape links from around the world

Employment Plans Bump Up, & 2/3 of Landscape Architecture Firm Respondents Predict an Improved Economy in 2013
ASLA’s Q3 Business Quarterly survey shows the USA economy looking up

New York’s Wet Future: How the City Could Live With the Sea Rather Than Fighting It | Justin Davidson | New York Magazine
The waters that tore up New York behaved like invading barbarians, smashing into seawalls, vaulting over bulkheads, hurtling along gutters, rushing towards clogged storm drains, and overwhelming sewage-treatment plants.

Windfarms: is community ownership the way ahead? | Patrick Kingsley | Guardian 
On the Danish island of Samsø many of the wind turbines are owned by the residents. Is that the way around nimbyism?

Honoring a sustainability champion who ‘repairs the fabric of communities’ | Kaid Benfield | Switchboard
Jonathan’s introduction to NRDC was not exactly a smooth one:  we sued him.

Tel Aviv, urban planning must be focused on the future | Luca Zevi | ANSAMED
”Tel Aviv is a metropolis that arose triumphantly from its consumerist phase,”

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Landscape Architects connecting through social media

Landscape Architects connecting through social media

Twitter Network: @wlandscapearch Fig.3 in “Finding Multi-Centers: Using crowd-sourcing technologies to define communities of landscape architecture” Hewitt et al

Landscape Architects are connecting through various social networks and platforms to stay informed and learn about the latest landscape topics. Recently, Robert Hewitt, ASLA, is a Professor of Landscape Architecture at Clemson University who has recently co-authored “Finding Multi-Centers: Using crowd-sourcing technologies to define communities of landscape architecture” (1) and World Landscape Architecture has been included in the study that shows landscape architects, architects, planners “share degrees of common topical interests related to competitions, projects, and research topics.”

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First Projects Certified by SITES National Rating System for Sustainable Landscapes

Woodland Discovery Playground at Shelby Farms Park | James Corner Field Operations

The Novus International Inc. Campus, the Green at College Park of the University of Texas at Arlington, and the Woodland Discovery Playground at Shelby Farms Park in Memphis, Tennessee, are the first to be recognized for their sustainable land practices from among 150-plus pilot projects seeking certification since summer 2010.

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APA Announces Sustaining Places Initiative at World Urban Forum

American Planning Association (APA) President Bruce Knight, FAICP, at the United Nation’s Fifth World Urban Forum (WUF) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil announced the Sustaining Places Initiative will focus on the role of planning in addressing the entire set of human settlement issues relating to sustainability.

The initiative will establish a Sustaining Places Task Force that will focus on the use of the comprehensive plan as the leading policy document and tool to help communities of all sizes achieve sustainability. Work of the task force will include a survey of existing best practices, evolving needs and practices and the ways in which practices should change in the future in order for the comprehensive plan to better achieve its role as the leading policy document.

A Sustaining Places Day will be held during APA’s Federal Policy and Program Briefing in September 2010 that will include collaboration with the American Institute of Architects Challenge 2030 and the American Society of Landscape Architects Sustainable Sites.

[SOURCE: APA]

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Landscape Architecture Magazine gets new Editor-in-Chief

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) announced the selection of veteran journalist Bradford McKee as the new Editor-in-Chief for Landscape Architecture magazine, the landscape architecture profession’s national magazine of record celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.

“He will be a tremendous asset to the magazine and ASLA.”

“Brad McKee brings an intense passion for design, enthusiasm and understanding for the design process, as well as a keen editorial eye through nearly two decades of design journalism experience,” said ASLA Executive Vice President and CEO Nancy Somerville, Hon. ASLA. “He will be a tremendous asset to the magazine and ASLA.”

For the past 10 years, Brad has worked as a freelance writer and editor. His work has appeared in such publications as I.D., Architect, Slate, Metropolitan Home, Interiors, AARP Bulletin, The Architect’s Newspaper, Harper’s Bazaar, Cookie, Men’s Journal, Regardie’s, Washington Monthly, the Los Angeles Times and The Washington Post. He also launched and maintained a daily, web-based bulletin, Architect Newswire, on behalf of Architect magazine.

[SOURCE: BusinessWire]

Editors Note: Will it be more of the same? or will the new Editor in Chief change the publication? It will be interesting to see the direction that Landscape Architecture Magazine takes as traditional publishing  is a having a hard time during the Global Financial Crisis as advertising sales are down and loosing some readership to websites and social networking sites.

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