Why we need to look for lawn alternatives but artificial grass is not the answer

Artificial Grass - Nature Fighting back | Flickr User  jonsson

Artificial Grass – Nature Fighting back | Flickr User jonsson

“Artificial turf, therefore, is merely the next most obvious step. Now that we greet it with a shrug and a flop, designers need to push things further, finding solutions that aren’t replacements for everything that a lawn does, but for the many individual programs it has been forced to do.” – Alexandra Lange

Recently, Alexandra Lange published an opinion piece, There’s still one more park taboo to be broken at Dezeen that reviewed the role of lawn and in recent times the acceptance that artificial turf has gained in replacing the traditional lawn. Lange, cites various examples where Artificial turf has been used including the new rooftop at the Metropolitan Museum of Art by landscape architect Gunther Vogt and Pier 2 at Brooklyn Bridge Park by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates.

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This Week In Landscape | 23 June 2013

On Sunday, the 16th June in the Heidelberg Friedrich-Ebert-Platz over 2,500 homemade napkins trees were planted in the plaza for Plant Trees Not Wars - a crowdfunded initiative to plant vegetables on Heidelberg green spaces that can be harvested.

On Sunday, the 16th June in the Heidelberg Friedrich-Ebert-Platz over 2,500 homemade napkins trees were planted in the plaza for Plant Trees Not Wars – a crowdfunded initiative to plant vegetables on Heidelberg green spaces that can be harvested.

Studio Report: Flux City | Chris Reed | Urban Omnibus 
“The studio site was Jamaica Bay, an ecologically rich habitat containing many marshy islands, surrounded by highly developed residential and industrial areas including JFK airport, Floyd Bennett Field, and neighborhoods like Marine Park.”

Designed for Democracy: When Public Goes Private a Park Loses Its Heart | Charles A. Birnbaum | Huffington Post
“Nationally, in the wake of urban growth and renewal, there is considerable debate about whether public parks and open space should be given away or sold to for-profit enterprises.”

From Cargo to Kayaks: New York City’s Piers Then and Now | Hana R. Alberts | Curbed NY
“Today, what’s left ranges from decayed remnants of stumpy pilings to completely renovated complexes—think Chelsea Piers”

Low-allergy Landscapes | Johanna Phelps | Metropolis Magazine
What can we do as landscape designers to help alleviate this escalation in allergies? Ask our campus clients, developers, and other large-scale landowners.

“Techno-utopias are wrapped up in their own visions of nature” | Sam Jacob | Dezeen
“Sam Jacob looks at how Google Maps is reshaping cities while Apple, Facebook and Amazon are reshaping the natural landscape by building their own headquarters as self-contained ecosystems.”

‘Garden district’ plan on Edinburgh greenbelt | Kate Pickles | Scotsman.com
A MASTERPLAN has been launched to show how greenbelt land owned by Sir David Murray would be transformed into a £1 billion “garden district”.

ASLA commends reintroduction of Community Parks Revitalization Act
“The American Society of Landscape Architects commends Congressman Albio Sires (NJ) for reintroducing today the Community Parks Revitalization Act (CPRA), which would help communities to rehabilitate existing and develop new community parks and outdoor recreational facilities.”

IMAGE CREDIT | Flickr User HDValentin

MORE INFORMATION | Plant Trees Not Wars (German)

 

This Week in Landscape | 16 December 2012

Links from around world to do with landscape architecture
Landscape architects envision a greener Chinatown | Sara Lewis | Greater Greater Washington
“How could Chinatown be a greener and more livable neighborhood? Designers from the American Society of Landscape Architects and Fuss & O’Neill created a vision for an inter-connected series of green “complete streets,”….”

An Online Tool for Calculating Flood Risk | NY Times
After Hurricane Sandy struck this fall, many home and business owners who had not previously gauged their flood risks turned to the government-run Web site FloodSmart.

Architecture “no longer interested in anything but its own image” | Dezeen
“the way architecture is consumed through websites like Dezeen is “utterly disastrous”, according to UK critic Owen Hatherley”

Building a Better Christmas Tree | Michael Tortorello | NY Times
A SEVEN-FOOT evergreen will bear 350,000 needles, more or less. And if Gary Chastagner has his way this holiday season, precious few of them will end up on the parlor floor.

Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics and Green Economy in Focus During UNEP Meeting with Government of Russia
From continued cooperation on the environmental sustainability of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, to the challenges facing the Arctic, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

QUT 2012 End of Year Exhibition_Landscape Architecture_First Year_Semester 1 from t lenigas on Vimeo.

This Week in Landscape | 2 December 2012

this weeks landscape links from around the world

The Green Team Part 5: Tree Tag…You’re It! | Lisa DuRussel | Metropolis Magazine
….there comes a time when a landscape architect moves out from behind her drawing set, turns off AutoCAD, and heads out to a nursery.

New York City AIDS Memorial Approved by Landmarks | Jeremiah Budin | Curbed NY
..The future New York City AIDS Memorial at St. Vincent’s Hospital Park, the agreed upon design from Studio a + i received no opposition from the Landmarks Preservation Commission….

Do Landscape Architects Need to Open Up the Conversation? | Darryl Jones| DIRT
Howe wrapped things up with, “this is a navel we have been picking for generations.” Sensing some unrest from the mostly young audience, Hough declared, “we are the status quo,” referring to himself and the other panelists, “it’s up to you to change the conversation.”

Removal of design from school curriculum is “insanity” – Neville Brody | Dezeen
The creative industries need high-quality creative graduates. If we’re not getting the graduates, we’re not going to sustain the industry,” said Brody.

US coastal cities in danger as sea levels rise faster than expected, study warns | Grantham Research Institute and Duncan Clark | Guardian
Sea-level rise is occurring much faster than scientists expected – exposing millions more Americans to the destructive floods produced by future Sandy-like storms, new research suggests.

This Week in Landscape | 18 November 2012

Landscape Links from around the world

 Urban Sustainability Enhanced Through Landscape Architecture | Thomas R. Tavella, FASLA | Living Green Magazine
This article explores ways that landscape architectures are not only “greening” up properties in the more literal sense, but “greening” them up through the implementation of sustainable technologies and approaches.

Garden design: it’s not just about the plants | Amanda Patton | The Guardian
Pretty flowers there may be, but making a three-dimensional space that is both practical and beautiful is about so much more

Hidden, Until the Storm’s Whirl and Splash | New York Times
Hurricane Sandy knocked down a wall facade South Street in Lower Manhattan, exposing, among other things, a time capsule of 1970s graffiti.

“Architects in China are Lost” – Neri&Hu | Dezeen
Chinese architects need to develop their own design manifesto to stem the tide of “half-assed” building projects in the country, according to Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu of Shanghai studio Neri&Hu.

10 Diagrams that changed city planning | Dwell

Facebook launches Job App
The new SJP app is a central location where recruiters can share open positions with the Facebook community sorted by industry, location and skills.

 

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