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)

 

Théâtre de Signes | Versailles Palace Gardens | TOPOTEK1

Théâtre de Signes | Versailles Palace Gardens | TOPOTEK1

Like a baroque garden that makes a connection between heaven and earth with mirror-like pools and broderie parterres, so Topotek 1’s design for the ‘théâtre de signes’ makes a connection from the physical to the virtual world, with the structure of new broderie bosquets. The shape of the garden as viewed from the air is part of a coded language, providing new characters for a contemporary reading.

Continue reading Théâtre de Signes | Versailles Palace Gardens | TOPOTEK1

This Week in Landscape | 13 January 2013

Another week of landscape links from around the world

L.A. River: From Eyesore to Opportunity | WSJ VIDEO (4mins29s)
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is conducting a study to find ways to restore habitats in and around the Los Angeles River, bringing people and wildlife back to the city’s original source of life

How Google Earth Revealed Chicago’s Hidden Farms | Sarah Zielinski | NPR
“Urban agriculture is sometimes thought of as something new and trendy, but of course people have been growing food in backyards and on vacant land for generations,” Taylor says.

Reviving Europe’s Biodiversity By Importing Exotic Animals | Christian Schwägerl | Yale Environment 360
“Scientists are conducting intriguing — and counterintuitive — experiments at several sites in Germany: Bringing back long-lost herbivores, such as water buffalo, to encourage the spread of native plants that have fared poorly in Europe’s human-dominated landscape.”

NYC is turning 12,000 old parking meters into bike racks | Tyler Falk | Smart Planet
The city’s department of transportation has signed a $2 million contract to turn 12,000 old parking meter poles into bike racks.

Why Floor and Brown Left SmithGroupJJR | Daniel Jost | Landscape Architecture Magazine
An interview with Kristina Floor, FASLA and Chris Brown, FASLA, about leaving SmithGroupJJR after merging 4 years ago.

Winter 2013 Landscape Architecture Walks: Samuel Smith Park- Artificial Ice Trail | OALA
The OALA Social Committee is inviting members join them on Saturday 19 January to a Walk of the award winning Samuel Smith Park- Artificial Ice Trail project (In Toronto) lead by Jim Melvin from PMA Landscape Architects.

Meeting the Northwest Livability Challenge | University of Oregon
School of Architecture and Allied Arts is holding a panel discussion in Portland on Wednesday, January 16.

Water Hazard: Out On The Fringe | moss

Water Hazard: Out On The Fringe | moss
Water Hazard is an ongoing architectural research project by moss. They are studying water related issues to become better stewards of this most precious resource.
Continue reading Water Hazard: Out On The Fringe | moss

This Week in Landscape | 17 June 2012

This weeks round-up of landscape news from around the web.

Q+A> LAURIE OLIN | The Architect’s Newspaper

The Architect’s Newspaper interviews noted landscape architect discusses the profession and the state of public space today.

New Report Highlights Raft of Inspiring Examples of Transformative Actions by Cities and Local Governments | UNEP

 A raft of transformative and inspiring policies by cities and local governments, which can assist in creating a sustainable 21st century, were spotlighted in a new report released today by ICLEI – Local Government for Sustainability and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).

 Habitats for harmony | Kim Wilkie | FT.com

Acclaimed landscape architect Kim Wilkie on two projects he has undertaken in fragile environments…

Parks Canada Launches New Learn to Camp Smartphone Application 

Parks Canada has launched a new Smart phone App  to help first time campers enjoy a camping trip to Canada’s national parks.

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This Week in Landscape | 20 May 2012

This weeks round-up of landscape news from around the web.

Olympic meadow winners | Tom Stuart-Smith | FT.com
With colourful fields designed by two Sheffield academics, the Olympic Park is on track to be the top garden opening this year
RELATED: When does a landscape stop being a garden? | Damian Holmes | LAND Reader

Minneapolis Tussles Over a Faded Plaza |  Kathryn Shattuck  | New York Times 
But things have changed. These days two of the plaza’s three fountains no longer work, their pumps and lines not easily replaceable.
RELATED:  M. Paul Friedberg Creates New Concept for Peavey Plaza | The Cultural Landscape Foundation

83 Days at Turenscape |Dimitria Theocari | The ISSUE: Collective
“Walking in Turenscape in Beijing for the first time, I encountered the mission statement of the company (above). Little did I know at the time about the effect that these words would have in my understanding of landscape.”

Neglected, Rotting Trees Turn Deadly | William Glaberson and Lisa W. Foderaro | New York Times
At the center of many of the cases is a simple question: how much responsibility does the city have for protecting people who pass beneath its graceful elms, oaks and maples?

City approves controversial sculpture for Counterbalance Park | Michael Harthorne | Queen Anne Komo
Against the wishes of family and admirers of a renowned landscape architect Robert Murase and a handful of Queen Anne residents, Seattle Parks and Recreation will oversee the installation of a new five-stone sculpture in Counterbalance Park.

Pedestrian-Friendly Cities | Jon Walton | Construction Digital
Move over, motorized vehicles – city planning refocuses on bipedal infrastructure and design

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This Week in Landscape | 13 May 2012

This weeks round-up of landscape news from around the web.

Can this park still be saved? | Tom Bell | Maine Sunday Telegram

“Portland’s Eastland Park Hotel proposes buying Congress Square Plaza, a poorly designed space….”

Urban living in Town Center | Brian Walzel | Impact News

“The focus of residential growth and development is beginning to shift from the traditional village center concept to more of an urban living design….”

Delhi Journal: What ‘New’ Delhi Can Learn From ‘Old’ Delhi | Tripti Lahiri | WSJ

“What is really amazing is how free it seems… the diversity of mankind you see on those streets, you do not see even in New Delhi….”

Planting day to complete garden tribute to architect Jo Yeates | Daily Echo

“…landscape architects from across the south will be coming to play their part in the garden in her honour.”

HUD launches overhaul of consolidated planning process | Brian Sullivan | HUD

“It is estimated HUD’s new approach will save communities at least 65,000 staff hours each year and support communities in need-driven, place-based decision-making that will engage informed public participation and improve community and economic development outcomes.”

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