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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Fan Pier Public Green and Streetscape | Boston USA | Richard Burck Associates

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Image Credit | Mary Benoit

As South Boston’s working waterfront transforms into a modern office, retail, and residential high-rise district, Richard Burck Associates (RBA) identified a need for ‘democratic’ open space. This new park design was influenced by research into the site’s native views, wind and sun exposures, and varied social conditions. RBA has created an elevated deck that borders upon a sloping lawn, offering compelling views of the site and harbor beyond and establishing compelling connections to adjacent buildings and uses.

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STUDENT PROJECT | Growing East Boston: A Sustainable Framework for Implementing Urban Agriculture | Edward Adams

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The human race is faced with a challenge. As the population continues to grow our reliance on the planet’s natural resources is threatened by overuse and neglect. In order to endure, humanity must
discover new ways to restore the balance between people and natural systems. This presents an invaluable opportunity to rethink how we design our communities and interact with the landscape.
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Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum appoints Michael Van Valkenburgh to redesign Monks Garden

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum announced recently that Michael Van Valkenburgh has been commissioned to redesign its Monks Garden, the cloistered garden adjacent to the historic building
and connected to the exterior gardens which surround the Museum’s new wing designed by Renzo Piano.

Reflecting on the potential for the garden to expand the experience of the Museum, Michael said, “I share with Isabella Stewart Gardner a love of horticulture and art. The redesign of the Monks Garden is a wonderful opportunity to bring these two interests together. I look forward to working with the Gardner staff to create a memorable and enduring garden and a place Bostonians will hopefully cherish.”
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Bill Taylor ideas for Boston City Hall Plaza [VIDEO]

Landscape architect Bill Taylor from Carol R. Johnson Associates Inc. gives his big ideas for City Hall Plaza to the Boston Herald. Reported on the day that Boston Redevelopment Authority is hosting a Greening Government Center symposium with panelists from Alex Krieger, Principal, Chan Krieger NBBJ; Janet Marie Smith, Vice President of Planning Development, Baltimore Orioles; Bob Fox, Partner, Cook+Fox Architects; Chris Reed, Principal, Stoss Landscape Urbanism; Matthias Rudolph, Assisting Director, Transsolar, Inc;

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