Moving Forward: A Panel Discussion on the Future of the Landscape Architecture Profession

Moving Forward: A Panel Discussion on the Future of the Landscape Architecture Profession from UW College of Built Environments on Vimeo.

On February 12, 2015, a panel of Debra Guenther (Mithun), Rebecca Fuchs(Gustafson Guthrie Nichol) and Nate Cormier (SvR Design) joined by moderator Prof. Thaisa Way in a discussion envisioning the future of the landscape architecture profession. This conversation kicked off a new round of strategic planning by the University of Washington Department of Landscape Architecture.

This Week in Landscape | 2 March 2014

World Landscape Architecture’s weekly roundup of landscape related news for 23 February – 2 March 2014

Opinion: Can landscape architecture help resolve climate change? | Gavin Healy | The New Zealand Herald
Gavin Healy investigates ecological and landscape architecture projects created by the world’s top designers – and how they could help create a better planet.

EPA’s New Stormwater Calculator, Updated for Climate Change | J.Green | The Dirt
“The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently updated its national stormwater calculator, which estimates the amount of rainwater and runoff from any site in the U.S., to reflect best estimates on future climate change.”

City architects call for more green in the grey of Brisbane’s urban jungle | Kristina Olsson
“At one level, re-establishing the forests is a way for Brisbane to reclaim its uniqueness among other emerging cities. In the big picture, Brisbane’s future, like all of Australia’s, is tied to its embrace of its Aboriginal origins and its ongoing interactions, like those of city and forest,”

Profession needs to talk about potential for infrastructure not mitigation | Landscape Institute
“Alister Kratt, a partner at LDA Design, challenged the profession at the latest Landscape Futures debate, to ‘talk more positively about infrastructure’.”

Using nature as an example for gardening: Now, there’s an idea | Al Shay | Statesman Journal
“As Jensen rose through the ranks of the park system, he was given space to experiment with his “Prairie Style” within city parks. ”

UP Diliman: A Lab for Livability? | Eric S. Caruncho | Inquirer.net
“Originally, Philippine towns were planned like UP—where residents lived, worked, shopped and played within the same compact space.”
Continue reading This Week in Landscape | 2 March 2014

This Week in Landscape | 16 February 2014

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Worcester, UK | 10 February 2014 | Image Credit Flickr User DGwildlife

This week has seen flooding continue in the United Kingdom after weeks of rain with the Army, DEFRA and the Environment Agency responding with steel and board barriers. Many heritage gardens have also had fallen trees due to overly sodden soil. More information at Environment Agency map.

UK Floods Crisis: How Do You Stop Flooding? Lydia Smith | International Business Times
With areas of the UK experiencing the worst flooding in years, attention has been turned to how it can be prevented or alleviated.

Dredging would not have stopped massive UK floods | Andy Coghlan | New Scientist
“But hydrologists contacted by New Scientist say that dredging alone would not have stopped the flooding. “Given the amount of rain that has fallen, you could have doubled the carrying capacity of every drainage channel in Somerset, at huge cost, and large parts would still have flooded,” says Hannah Cloke at the University of Reading.”

The Dutch solution to floods: live with water, don’t fight it | Tracy McVeigh | The Guardian
“With more than half the country at or below sea level, the Dutch are experts on water management – and its people have had to make sacrifices”

Cool Roofs Might Be Enough to Save Cities from Climate Overheating | Scientific American
“New research suggests that planting gardens atop roofs or painting them white could offset both the local urban heat island effect and global warming, although one roof type does not cover all situations”

Miami Landscape Designer Raymond Jungles | Candace Jackson | Wall Street Journal
“He sketches first with a thick pencil, then switches to progressively thinner ones as a design goes from conceptual to more tangible.”

Detroit’s Belle Isle set to become state park, new fee
The bankrupt city will save $4 million and $6 million a year by handing over the park to the State of Michigan.

Continue reading This Week in Landscape | 16 February 2014

Bosco Verticale/Vertical Forest | Milan Italy | Boeri Studio

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Image Credit | Barreca & LaVarra

The Vertical Forest project aims to build high-density tower blocks with trees within the city. The first example of a Vertical Forest is currently under construction in Milan in Porta Nuova Isola area, part of a larger redevelopment project developed by Hines Italia with two towers which are 80 metres and 112 metres tall respectively, and which will be able to hold 480 big and medium size trees, 250 small size trees, 11.000 groundcover plants and 5.000 shrubs (the equivalent of a hectare of forest).

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Projecto de Requalificação das Arribas | Foz do Arelho Portugal | Nádia Schilling

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There’s a new way to experience the landscape in Foz do Arelho, Portugal. The new project that aimed the cliffs and dunes rehabilitation transformed a degraded landscape, that was used as an unsafe parking space for years, with no regard for it’s character and ecological aspects, into a new area that creates different relations to the landscape and the sea, in a way that preserves and respects it’s intrinsic values.
Continue reading Projecto de Requalificação das Arribas | Foz do Arelho Portugal | Nádia Schilling

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