This Week in Landscape | 5 February 2012

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

Emotional Landscapes: Interview with landscape architect Michael Van Valkenburgh | Gideon Fink Shapiro | BMW Guggenheim Lab
Michael Van Valkenburgh interview about urban landscapes and what they can do

The architecture meltdown | Scott Timberg | Salon
With the economy still in the doldrums where does architecture go from here?

How should we design urban parks? | The Urban Portal | University of Chicago
A social science look at parks, the important differences and the costs of parks in cities.

Building green cities using public/private partnerships | Matthew Kahn | Christian Science Monitor
Public funding for environmentally friendly urban centers benefits private investors, too

Re-greening the Plateau |Michelle Lalonde | Montreal Gazette
Residents are fighting to save their street trees, even if it means removing parking spots

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Downtown Minneapolis playing catchup to the green parks system

Many cities in the world have great parks systems that were well thought out and brilliantly implemented, however the downtown street grids where often forgotten and became more arterial routes for vehicles and pedestrians. Minneapolis is about to change that with Steve Berg of the Minneapolis Post writing in a great article about the greening of Minneapolis that Park Board will plant 500 trees downtown this year to green the streets of the city that needs to attract a middle class population along with new commercial and retail businesses.

Read more at the [MinnPost.com]

NY has new green space why can’t Toronto?


Vanessa Farquharson of the National Post(Canada) has written an article asking why can’t Toronto get new green space like New York. The article cites the Highline in New York as an amazing new green space in New York and looks at its history and although a the Highline is a new space the idea of raised green space was implemented at Promenade Plantée(4.5km raised garden in Paris).

Farquharson asks should the Gardiner be made green? rather than demolished. She then goes on to ask Matthew Blackett(editor of Spacing magazine) and Les Klein(Quadrangle Architects – WLA reported about his design for a green freeway)

…which parts of the city they would redesign as park space if budget wasn’t a concern

to read their suggestions go to the SOURCE: National Post(Canada) – New York’s getting new green space, so why can’t we?