This Week in Landscape | 21 October 2012

Landscape links from around the world for your weekly reading

Las Vegas Downtown | Image posted by Flickr User Fronteras Desk Image taken by Jude Joffe-Block

What Happens in Brooklyn Moves to Vegas | Timothy Pratt | NY Times
…almost a year into the Downtown Project, his $350 million urban experiment to build “the most community-focused large city in the world” in downtown Las Vegas

Appreciating the D.C. area’s landscapes | Roger K. Lewis | The Washington Post
To help local citizens and millions of annual visitors explore, understand and better appreciate the city’s landscapes, and not just its buildings, the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) recently launched its “Landscape Architect’s Guide to Washington, D.C.”

Native plants support native animal populations | Candy Williams | triblive
Native plants offer many other advantages, according to Castorani. They are adapted to our soils and climate, they require less care and watering when established, and they thrive with less fertilizer and disease control.

German Gardener Helps Saudi Desert Bloom | Susanne Koelbl | Spiegel Online
A German landscape architect who has been working in Saudi Arabia for nearly 40 years, Richard Bödeker turns his wealthy clients’ dreams into reality.

Cities need to think of green urban solutions | Construction & Maintenance News 
The participants comprised 90 newly qualified landscape architects, leading international architects, engineers and experts, how the increasing amount of rainwater may affect future urban design and help create ownership and new cultural attitudes to water in cities.

 Where will we live? | Arif Hasan | Himal Magazine
Arif Hasan speaks on the ‘World-Class City’ concept, and its repercussions on urban planning for Asian cities.

Infographic: An App For Architects That Makes Physics Easy | Fast Co Design 
The app, available for iPhone and iPad, is a barebones set of images and animations that show the forces inherent in cables, arches, domes, columns, beams, and more.

 

IMAGE CREDIT | Image posted by Flickr User Fronteras Desk Image taken by Jude Joffe-Block

Downtown Minneapolis playing catchup to the green parks system

Many cities in the world have great parks systems that were well thought out and brilliantly implemented, however the downtown street grids where often forgotten and became more arterial routes for vehicles and pedestrians. Minneapolis is about to change that with Steve Berg of the Minneapolis Post writing in a great article about the greening of Minneapolis that Park Board will plant 500 trees downtown this year to green the streets of the city that needs to attract a middle class population along with new commercial and retail businesses.

Read more at the [MinnPost.com]