This Week in Landscape | 6 May 2012

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

City gets leafier, especially at Staten Island’s Conference House Park | silive.com
The city grew greener by 20,000 trees

An urban space for people in Westmount | Jerry Miller | Westmount Examiner
“The conditions and generators are present for the design of a people-friendly urban space (a street is an urban space) shared with reduced automobile use.”

Bangkok heatwave ignites debate about urban planning | News24
“Critics say the heat has been exacerbated by poor urban planning in the fast-growing city of 12 million people – from a thinning of trees by city workers, often to accommodate electrical power lines…”

Building the Marina Bay Sands SkyPark Pool [VIDEO]
Video of how the 150-metre infinity-edged swimming pool was built on the 57th floor (roof) of the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore

Landscape Architecture standout leads by example | Temple University
A profile of landscape architecture student Diana Fernandez

LAND Reader (our sister blog) 

Did London’s Olympic Park erase its past?

Bleecker Street Park Ruined?

Correa warns of overloading India’s existing cities

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This Week in Landscape – 22 April 2012

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

The new revolutionaries: Landscape architects reinvent urban parks | Rebecca Messner | Grist
The present generation of landscape architects is doing truly groundbreaking work, building parks like the High Line in places nobody expects them.

The Invention and Reinvention of the City: An Interview with Rem Koolhaas – World Policy Blog
“….creative flexibility allows us to design buildings that are more versatile, which can be successful in new economies and in new contexts.”

Sustainability saves landscape architecture | Brad Kane | Hartford Business
“The whole idea of sustainability is out there,” Tavella said. “Now it is cool to be green again.”

Park among the trees: Pittsburgh should require parking lots to plant trees — lots of trees | Thomas Hylton | Post Gazette
Nearly all the new trees have been planted in parks and along streets, the traditional location for shade trees in densely populated cities. But there’s another vitally important urban habitat for trees: parking lots.

Brooklyn Bridge Park Gets $40 Million Gift to Build Field House | Lisa W. Foderaro | NY Times
The field house is to be giant — 115,000 square feet near Pier 5, with a 200-meter inclined cycling track with up to 2,500 seats and a 22,000-square-foot infield that can accommodate other sports, including basketball, tennis, volleyball and gymnastics.

From LAND Reader (sister site to World Landscape Architecture)

Critics come out against Brooklyn Bridge Park

City Pulls Plug on Waste-to-Energy Site at Fresh Kills

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This Week in Landscape | 15 April 2012

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

Why Designers Need To Stop Feeling Sorry For Africa | Skibsted Ideation | Fast Co Design
Taking a patronizing approach to investing in Africa undermines the continent’s people and entrepreneurial promise, argues Jens Martin Skibsted and Rasmus Bech Hansen.

How green is a parking lot? New efforts to test infrastructure | David J. Unger | Sacremento Bee
A growing number of civil engineers, landscape architects and urban planners are making a case for not just repairing but also for greening the structural underbelly we rely on to drink our water, cross our rivers and park our cars.

NY state parks system getting $89M funding boost | Wall Street Journal
$89 million in New York Works capital projects for the state-run system of 178 parks and 35 historic sites.

Six new spots for architecture lovers | Katia Hetter | CNN
Various spots around the world including the High Line

A new approach to infrastructure | Denise Deveau | Calgary Herald

Canadian cities need to replace their aging infrastructure to accommodate new weather patterns, shifting demographics and social trends

The Shell Game | Martin C. Pedersen | Metropolis Magazine
New York University announced yesterday that it was scaling back its controversial plans for expansion

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This Week in Landscape | 8 April 2012

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

Five Paradigm Shifts to Enhance a City | Various Contributors | The Tyee
Various panels paradigm from ‘Shift’ – UBC School of Landscape and Architecture’s fall lecture series

Does Poor Urban Planning Contribute to Crime in Gurgaon? | Raka Choudhury | India Realtime-WSJ
In Gurgaon, despite the excitement and energy of economic boom-time, the quality of life of urban residents is constantly challenged by poor planning.

Lily Jencks on Landscape Design | Susanna Sirefman| Wall Street Journal 
The rising young star of landscape design on low-fuss plants, Chinese gardens and her mother’s extraordinary legacy

A path to gardens’ renewal | TBO.COM
More talk of repairing Kiley Gardens in Tampa Bay (designed by Dan Kiley)

Controversy brewing over Counterbalance Park | Queen Anne View
Finished park (designed by Murase Associates) about to be ruined by committee – what all landscape architects dread

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This Week in Landscape | 25 March 2012

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

Jungleland – The Lower Ninth Ward in New Orleans Gives New Meaning to ‘Urban Growth’ | Nathaniel Rich | New York Times Magazine
The power of nature is shown by the ‘jungle’ that is recolonising parts of the Lower Ninth Ward in New Orleans that have been abandoned since Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Finding the urban forest in your neck of the woods | Laurie Casey | Chicago Tribune
Boasting millions of trees, other plants, and wildlife, the urban forest contributes valuable benefits. It produces fresh oxygen, reduces urban heat island effects, and stores carbon. Studies show being around or seeing trees even improves our mood and helps us heal from surgery faster.

Cloned trees fuel urban pollen count | Randy Shore | Vancouver Sun
Planting male clones effectively doubles the amount of pollen released, horticulturalist says.

He changed Bangalore’s landscape | Deccan Herald
Gustav Krumbiegel established the Horticultural School in the erstwhile Mysore state, a first for India.

America’s Coolest Driveways | Tanya Mohn | Forbes
“Good driveway design is all about the arrival experience,” says Charles A. Birnbaum, founder and president of The Cultural Landscape Foundation

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This Week in Landscape | 18 March 2012

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

Biologists question viability of St. Petersburg Pier’s Underwater Garden plans | Craig Pittman and Waveney Ann Moore | Tampa Bay Times
“Los Angeles-based designer of the Lens, Michael Maltzan Architecture, contended in an email to the Times that the Underwater Garden “is based on sound principles of estuary restoration and species diversification that have been applied and proven effective throughout Tampa Bay.”

The bioswales of New York: A city plan to make more tree-stands and less sewage runoff | Dan Rosenblum | Capital New York
Dan gives a brief introduction to bioswales in New York and some background to bioswales.

Jakarta to Plan City Through 2025 | Ronna Nirmala | Jakarta Post
Jakarta, one of the largest cities in Asia has announced that it is currently developing a plan for the city through to 2025.

Urban underground planning in Vietnam neglected | Tuoitrenews.com.vn
Master planning in Vietnam is not just limited to the above ground landscape – the underground also needs a masterplan.

Tide waits for no man: The amazing beach artist who starts every day with a new canvas | Rachel Richkard Straus
Artist Andres Amador creates intricate land art works in the sand that are washed away in hours

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High Line Section 3 design unveiled

High Line Section 3 Designs Unveiled

The new landscape at the rail yards will extend the park’s distinctive design vocabulary established south of West 30th Street. Credit: James Corner Field Operations and Diller Scofidio + Renfro

Friends of the High Line Co-Founder Robert Hammond was joined by the New York City Parks & Recreation Commissioner Adrian Benepe and members of the High Line Design Team to present initial design concepts for Section 3 of the High Line, the final stretch of the historic freight rail line that has been converted to a public park, that will wrap around the Hudson Yards between West 30th and West 34th Streets.
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