This Weeks landscape links from around the world
Employment Plans Bump Up, & 2/3 of Landscape Architecture Firm Respondents Predict an Improved Economy in 2013
ASLA’s Q3 Business Quarterly survey shows the USA economy looking up
New York’s Wet Future: How the City Could Live With the Sea Rather Than Fighting It | Justin Davidson | New York Magazine
The waters that tore up New York behaved like invading barbarians, smashing into seawalls, vaulting over bulkheads, hurtling along gutters, rushing towards clogged storm drains, and overwhelming sewage-treatment plants.
Windfarms: is community ownership the way ahead? | Patrick Kingsley | Guardian
On the Danish island of Samsø many of the wind turbines are owned by the residents. Is that the way around nimbyism?
Honoring a sustainability champion who ‘repairs the fabric of communities’ | Kaid Benfield | Switchboard
Jonathan’s introduction to NRDC was not exactly a smooth one: we sued him.
Tel Aviv, urban planning must be focused on the future | Luca Zevi | ANSAMED
”Tel Aviv is a metropolis that arose triumphantly from its consumerist phase,”
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Green space skills: 2009 National employer survey findings, a survey commissioned by CABE and English Heritage, is the first to reveal the full extent of skills shortages in the green space sector in the UK. The report has found that 14.9% of national employers found landscape architects hard to recruit due to skills shortage. Landscape architects were also on top of the table as the hardest to recruit out of all the green space skills.
22% of respondents from the Private sector stated that it was harder to find landscape architects whereas only 8.5 of respondents in the Public Sector found it hard to find landscape architects due to a skills shortage.
Green space skills shows an urgent need to address the skills shortfall to tackle climate change. Planning, design and management are what are needed to help to adapt green spaces to a changing climate, and these were exactly the skills which employers felt their staff most lacked.
The report also identified several priorities to counter the shortage including:
- Develop and maintain a strong evidence base to make the case for investment in green space skills
- Improve the availability and quality of training, including continual professional development
- Increase awareness of the sector and the opportunities it offers, to encourage more people into the sector
Download the report at the [SOURCE: CABE]
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Building Design reports
The country’s biggest employer of architects has set its sights on wresting design-led work away from “complacent” signature practices by recruiting more creative designers……..
A team led by Atkins recently beat five others, including Frank Gehry, to land a £300 million new college campus in Glasgow……