How can rural dynamics be employed to adequately cope with the global challenges that we are currently facing and how can these challenges once again turn rural areas into a system that works? The Veenkoloniën (Groningen peat district) is a rural area in the North of the Netherlands that is facing a number of major economic, social and ecological challenges. As an agricultural area, the region is part of a global system. Consequently, its challenges are not caused by internal factors, but by the global food system and this system’s impact on the area, i.e. the social, economic and ecological environment that it creates.
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London Wetlands Park | Image Flickr User amandabhslater
Sue Illman, President of the Landscape Institute, wants the UK’s water supply chain to become more sustainable with priority given to all elements of the water cycle when designing and developing new places. Illman will speak this week at Ecobuild about water sensitive design – a fully integrated solution to flooding, droughts and water quality, the multi-faceted benefits of sustainable drainage and a green infrastructure approach to development.
“It’s time we started to see water as a potential resource – rather than something to be hidden away underground. Elsewhere in the world a mixed green, grey and blue infrastructure is being adopted. In February the White House committed the US to taking a GI approach after some years monitoring its effectiveness, and in Melbourne, Australia the City is introducing legislation to ensure it owns all of the rain falling on the City as part of their Water Sensitive approach, as it sees it as a valuable resource.” – Sue Illman, President of the Landscape Institute
IMAGE CREDIT | Flickr User amandabhslater – Amanda Slater
The Landscape Institute has launched a new website – New London Landscape. The website was inspired by the Highline for London design competition and is a showcase of green infrastructure ideas for the capital. New London Landscape allows visitors to explore the 100 previously unseen designs from the recent ‘High Line for London’ competition. The showcase offers a critique of the capital’s existing green infrastructure and suggests a 100 possible futures. The website maps each of the projects and also gives a details of each project. Users can also browse through the projects by category including bio-diversity, connectivity, new parks, lost rivers, transport, urban greening and water.
More information at New London Landscape.
Susannah Drake, “Resilient Urban Environments” from D-Crit on Vimeo.
Susannah Drake, the Principal of dlandstudio recently gave a lecture at the D-Crit (Design Criticism Department), School of Visual Arts in New York.
“In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the topics of sea level rise and storm surge have never been so relevant. Susannah Drake, the Principal of dlandstudio, will discuss how landscape architecture and good environmental design can create new infrastructure systems that will result in more resilient cities and improved biodiversity. Drake will also argue how data visualization can improve understanding about the financial incentives of good environmental design, and help untangle the bureaucratic web surrounding complex jurisdictional environments.” Video Description Excerpt
Video 1hr 13mins (Drake lecture 4:45)
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CCNY’s event on Febraury 9 will examine storm protection opportunities that incorporate multiple infrastructure systems.
“After experiencing two destructive tropical storms in as many years, New York City finds itself forced to adapt to the reality of catastrophic weather events resulting from climate change. However, it cannot rely on simple fixes. Rather, it needs to create new urban landscapes with the capacity to negotiate social, cultural, and environmental forces, argues Denise Hoffman-Brandt, associate professor of landscape architecture in City College’s Spitzer School of Architecture.”
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Public transportation is a shared passenger transportation service which is available for use by the general public. Different systems overlaps to reach every corner of the city forming a network made of lines, nodes and points.
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Eo Wijers foundation organizes competitions every few years aiming to solve regional planning and landscape design issues in the Netherlands. This year teams were asked to design strategies how to deal with population shrinkage in peripheral, on agriculture based areas in the north of the country.
Continue reading Veennet – network of initiatives | Posad Spatial Strategies with MBDSO & Machiel Bakx