This Week In Landscape | 7 July 2013

Another week of landscape links from the web

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Utrecht, On 5 July Queen Máxima of the Netherlands opens Maxima Park. © ANP; foto: Robin Utrecht

Koningin opent Maximapark in Leidsche Rijn [Queen Máxima of the Netherlands opens Maxima Park]
On Friday July 5, 2013, Her Majesty Queen Máxima  opened Maxima Park in Leidsche Rijn, Utrecht, Netherlands. The park is a 300-hectare green area in the middle of the Leidsche Rijn designed by West 8.

Designers Stretch Out Imaginations on Park Benches | Lisa W. Foderaro | New York Times
““When I came to New York in the 1970s, at client told me, ‘Do whatever you want, but no benches,’ ” said Tom Balsley, a prominent landscape architect who designed Riverside Park South,”

Palm Springs airport plans to save money with desert landscaping | Skip Descant | mydesert.com
“The airport plans to replace some 80 percent of its lawn areas with desertscape, according to a landscape plan”

Greener landscapes through design, maintenance | Larisa Brass | knoxsvillebiz.com
“Sustainable landscape design “means different things to different people,” says Sara Hedstrom Pinnell, founder and principal of Hedstrom Design, a Knoxville landscape architecture firm.”

When it comes to lawns, the natural way is here to stay | Alex Bozikovic | The Globe and Mail
Landscape architect Scott Torrance, who designed the garden with Levitt Goodman Architects, says the design makes a point: “Nature is luxury. … We took out a lawn and replaced it with a garden;

Chenshan Botanical Garden launches orchard plan | China Daily
Chenshan Botanical Garden Shanghai recently launched a plan to set up a 22,500-square-meter orchard, which will be one of the largest orchards for horticulture and fruit-picking in Shanghai.

Architekturbüro aus Krefeld gestaltet Platz am Bürgerhaus | Wa.de [German]
Ein Architekturbüro aus Krefeld hat den Wettbewerb zur Gestaltung des Platzes vor dem Nordkirchener Bürgerhaus gewonnen.

IMAGE CREDIT | © ANP; foto/image: Robin Utrecht. Image Courtesy of Het Koninklijk Huis

This Week In Landscape | 17 March 2013

Landscape Links for the week 10-17 March 2013

Charles Birnbaum on the future of landscape architecture | Charles Birnbaum | Dwell
Landscape architecture, however, has fared worse. In fact, fewer than 2,500 of the 80,000-plus National Register sites boast any significant landscape design.

Adapting to climate change on the Mississippi | Washington University in St.Louis
In the political realm, climate change remains a point of debate. But for architects, engineers, urban designers and others charged with managing its effects—the storms and floods followed, whiplash style, by drought and water scarcity—the evidence is in.

The City in 2050: Bridging the Gaps and Bringing into Focus the Future of Cities | Carla Guerrera | Stantec Is
The next four decades are full of opportunity for growth but require adaptability, and resiliency.

Los Angeles 2013 | LA Times
On April 3, 1988, the Los Angeles Times Magazine published a 25-year look ahead to 2013.

A New Movement for The New City: Reallocating Space Away from the Car | Bruce McVean | This Big City
If the private car’s time is up, the age of the bicycle is just beginning. Bikes, the ultimate form of private urban transport, are space efficient, genuinely zero emissions, healthy, sociable, affordable and fun.

Citizens are key to shaping the city | Marian Scott | The Gazette
Citizens need to do whatever it takes to make their voices heard, Lambert said. “Take to the streets with placards and petitions. Because when you get the public involved, just look at the Old Port,” she said.

Camden Amphitheatre & Public Library Receive National Historic Landmark Status | Alice McFadden | The Free Press
The Camden Amphitheatre and Public Library is one of the few public projects of Fletcher Steele, one of America’s premier practitioners of 20th-century landscape design.

‘Waterproofing New York’ at CCNY

Image Credit | Flickr User srslyguys

Image Credit | Flickr User srslyguys

CCNY’s event on Febraury 9 will examine storm protection opportunities that incorporate multiple infrastructure systems.

“After experiencing two destructive tropical storms in as many years, New York City finds itself forced to adapt to the reality of catastrophic weather events resulting from climate change. However, it cannot rely on simple fixes. Rather, it needs to create new urban landscapes with the capacity to negotiate social, cultural, and environmental forces, argues Denise Hoffman-Brandt, associate professor of landscape architecture in City College’s Spitzer School of Architecture.”

Continue reading ‘Waterproofing New York’ at CCNY

Urban Air | Stephen Glassman

Urban Air | Stephen Glassman

Imagine being stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic. The car’s not moving, you’re channel surfing, nothing but ads or news on the radio… Nothing but billboards with advertising — digital and print — on the skyline. But wait… What’s that up ahead? A billboard that looks like a small forest of living bamboo surrounded by a cloud of mist? That will be Urban Air, coming to a Los Angeles freeway near you if artist and creator Stephen Glassman has his way.
Continue reading Urban Air | Stephen Glassman

2012 Biomimicry Student Design Challenge | Water wise

The Biomimicry 3.8 Institute is holding its 4th Annual Biomimicry Student Design Challenge. The challenge theme for this year is Water Wise: Biomimetic Solutions to Water Access and Management. During this year’s Challenge they ask you to examine how nature manages this precious resource and apply what you learn to a local or global water challenge.

Continue reading 2012 Biomimicry Student Design Challenge | Water wise

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