Tokachi Millennium Forest | Shimizu Japan | Dan Pearson Studio

Tokachi Millennium Forest |  Shimizu Japan | Dan Pearson Studio
The 240 hectare Tokachi Millennium Forest is the brainchild of the entrepreneur Mitsushige Hayashi, who acquired the land with a view to offsetting the carbon footprint of his national newspaper business, Tokachi Mainichi. The masterplan, which I contributed to with the local Japanese landscape designer Fumiaki Takano, is marketed as having a sustainable vision of a thousand years, and this big thinking aims to not only to make the newspaper business carbon neutral, but also to preserve and prevent the further loss of natural habitats on the island to development. Hayashi believes that, in order for this vision to be viable, education is key. Helping it’s users to take ownership of the park is the best way to ensure it’s future.
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This Week in Landscape | 11 March 2012

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

Landscape architects shape city’s green spaces | Sharon Litwin | NOLA.com
“Today landscape architecture projects can range from those as modest as private garden designs to those addressing issues of such huge scale as coastal erosion or managing environmental disasters.”

New York’s High Line project should inspire Ann Arbor to create its own urban parks | Will Hathaway & Marc Ross | AnnArbor.com
“The level of interest here in Ann Arbor was palpable in the near capacity Michigan Theater audience. Ann Arborites were enthusiastic about this story of reclaiming underutilized space for use as an urban public park.”

With city’s help, fans of Tampa’s Kiley Garden aim for a comeback | Richard Danielson | Tampa Bay Times
The City Council will look for funds to help complete an ambitious restoration of (Dan)Kiley Garden, often forgotten by locals but admired internationally by landscape architects.

Landscape Optimism: An Interview with Chris Reed | Quilian Riano | Design Observer
An interview with Chris Reed from Stoss Landscape Urbanism

New Urbanism not as simple as once thought, expert says | Blake Aued | Online Athens
Blake reports some interesting  Andres Duany statements  “He now favors a compromise, ecological urbanism. Pave over creeks and get rid of expensive green building standards in very dense areas, he said, because people who live on top of each other are doing the environment a favor by taking up less space.”

“Extreme Beauty and Extreme Vulgarity”: Rem Koolhaas Shares His Thoughts on Japanese Metabolist Architecture | Janelle Zara | Artinfo
“I was friends already with some of them and therefore there was an issue of accessibility,” Koolhaas said. “I was particularly interested to look at the first non-western avant-garde. We are currently living in a situation where a lot of initiatives are no longer ours…”

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Businesses asked to sign up to Jakarta Charter

During the Convention for Biological Diversity being held in Jakarta from November 30 to December 2, representatives from about 200 companies worldwide in mining, fisheries, construction, forestry, tourism and cosmetics business released a draft charter called the Jakarta Charter which will requires companies to integrate biodiversity into their business strategies to reduce poverty and increase sustainable development.

Jakarta Post cited Ahmed Djoghlaf, executive secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) as saying

“The Jakarta Charter will be open for signatures to all companies in the world that adhere to its principle,”…..
He said the Jakarta Charter on Business and Biodiversity would be submitted for adoption at the convention’s meeting in Japan in Oct 2010.

Executive director of the ASEAN Center for Biodiversity, Rodrigo Fuentes, told reporters that biodiversity loss was a forgotten crisis in the region that received little attention in the media.

read more at the SOURCE: Jakarta Post

Also read more at the Convention for Biological Diversity

Journeys to the East: Arthur Erikson & Japan

Date: 25 Nov 2009, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Location: Vancity Theatre, Vancouver International Film Centre

The Arthur Erickson Conservancy (AEC) presents an illustrated lecture by Professor Michelangelo Sabatino, who, in the summer of 2009, retraced Arthur Erickson’s first journey to Japan in 1961, revisiting the sites Erickson mentioned in his seminal articles in Canadian Architect in the 1960s. Prof. Sabatino will trace Erickson’s journeys and writings on Japan and their effect on his work, including the Canadian Pavilion for Expo ’70 in Osaka.

SOURCE: UBC

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