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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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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