This Week in Landscape | 9 December 2012

This Weeks landscape architecture links from around the world….

Designing the Urban Landscape To Meet 21st Century Challenges | Diane Toomey | Yale Environment 360
Martha Schwartz, a professor at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, explains in a Yale Environment 360 interview how creative landscape architecture can help cities become models of sustainability in a world facing daunting environmental challenges.

Editorial> Landscape Architecture’s Ascendance | Alan G. Brake | Architect’s Newspaper
In recent years, landscape architects have seen their profile rise. The discipline has gained stature in the public’s imagination, as well as among the allied disciplines of architecture, planning, and even civil and transportation engineering.

Exploring Roosevelt Island’s New Four Freedoms Park | Sara Polsky | Curbed NY
After decades of delays, Louis Kahn’s Four Freedoms Park is now open to the public at the southern end of Roosevelt Island.

A Field Guide to the Wonderful World of Clients  | Ilya Pozin | LinkedIN
“No company should have to put up with tough clients. That’s why I’ve compiled the infographic below, which details a few specific characteristics you can look for to identify when someone is going to be hard to work with.”

What’s in a name? | Julian Raxworthy
“Glorious failure: the landscape architect in the entropic garden. Landscape change results in material outcomes that exhibit the quality of novelty.”

Thinking on Sustainability Through Health | Cathy Markle
“In thinking about the potential of landscape architecture to effect people in their daily lives and in the future…….”

 

Tokachi Millennium Forest | Shimizu Japan | Dan Pearson Studio

Tokachi Millennium Forest |  Shimizu Japan | Dan Pearson Studio
The 240 hectare Tokachi Millennium Forest is the brainchild of the entrepreneur Mitsushige Hayashi, who acquired the land with a view to offsetting the carbon footprint of his national newspaper business, Tokachi Mainichi. The masterplan, which I contributed to with the local Japanese landscape designer Fumiaki Takano, is marketed as having a sustainable vision of a thousand years, and this big thinking aims to not only to make the newspaper business carbon neutral, but also to preserve and prevent the further loss of natural habitats on the island to development. Hayashi believes that, in order for this vision to be viable, education is key. Helping it’s users to take ownership of the park is the best way to ensure it’s future.
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The Artists’ Backyard: Phase 1 | Raleigh USA | NC State Department of Landscape Architecture Design+Build Studio

The Artists’ Backyard: Phase 1 | Raleigh USA | NC State Department of Landscape Architecture Design+Build Studio |
The NC State Department of Landscape Architecture Design+Build Studio recently transformed an otherwise anonymous stretch of mulch between two campus residence halls into a high-­‐performance landscape, rich with social and environmental affordances. This landscape, called the Artists’ Backyard (derived from the adjacent Arts Village living/learning community), uses a holistic approach to educate students, staff, and visitors about the value of landscape architecture; the ability of green infrastructure to conserve resources; and how small spaces can make big moves toward creating community value and protecting the environment.

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2012 LAGI NYC Competition submissions now online

2012 LAGI NYC Submissions go online

Heliofield | Michael Chaveriat, Yikyu Choe, Myung Kweon Park

Over 250 submissions have gone online for the  LAGI NYC 2012 competition to design public artwork for Freshkills Park. Some submissions go from the surreal to the amazing, with the majority of the submissions creating large scale installations to match the grand scale of the Freshkills Park. In July LAGI held a shortlisting evening in which a team of professionals got the submissions down to the top 25 submissions with the winners of the 2012 competition to be announced on October 25 in New York City. We has some of the submissions below for your review.

Heliofield
Heliofield is an energy-generating network of solar modules that rise out of the prairie grasses of Fresh Kills Park. The topography and tabula rasa quality of the former landfill site make it ideally suited to collect the locally abundant and renewable solar energy that shines on Staten Island.

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First climate adapted neighborhood | Copenhagen Denmark | TREDJE NATUR

First climate adapted neighborhood | Copenhagen Denmark | TREDJE NATUR
Recently the plans for Copenhagen’s first climate adapted neighbourhood were presented to the public. The project’s visions to transform Saint Kjeld’s Quarter into Copenhagen’s greenest neighborhood are presented at a grand opening by Danish Environmental Minister, Ida Auken,

Continue reading First climate adapted neighborhood | Copenhagen Denmark | TREDJE NATUR

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