This Week in Landscape | 24 August 2014

Spaces and Places by Kevin Sloan Studio from lynda.com on Vimeo.

Working out of the Box: Julia Watson of “Studio Rede” | Amelia Taylor-Hochberg | Archinect
“Watson trained as a landscape architect with an interest in places significant to indigenous peoples, but lacking formal recognition by conservationists. Often unknown by institutions like UNESCO, this “shadow” conservation network needs not only protection, but careful management and understanding. These places are the focus of Studio Rede.”

Putting nature at the heart of sustainable cities | Vaidehi Shah | Eco-Business
“Leading architect behind Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay, Andrew Grant, says that cities need to set aside space for forests, wetlands and wildlife to be sustainable and liveable.”

Why young people find gardening cooler than the movies | Olivia Goldhill | The Telegraph
“Weeding and digging are perfect ways to disconnect from a life spent in front of screens, says the 27-year-old who won a gold medal at the 2014 Chelsea Flower Show”

A Beach Project Built on Sand | Robert S. Young | New York Times
“Fire Island National Seashore is a perfect example of a place where storm impacts should be viewed as a natural event. Storms are an important part of barrier island sustainability. The waters that wash over the island also pile sand on top of the barrier, adding to the overall elevation of the island itself. The Corps’ proposed dunes will block that process.”

New York to build oyster wall to protect Staten Island | Construction Manager
“Design consultancy Parsons Brinckerhoff and architect Scape/Landscape Architecture have secured a $60 million grant to build the scheme, as part of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Rebuild by Design competition.”

This Week in Landscape | 17 August 2014

Landscape on the Front Lines: Resiliency Begins on Site – 7.29.14 from Center for Architecture on Vimeo.

Fears over Heatherwick’s garden bridge | Jim Dunton | bdonline.co.uk
City planners have fears that the new bridge will significantly reduced or completely obstruct views and damage the area’s “historic fabric”.

Instead of Killing Lawns, we should be banning golf | Charles Davis | Vice
“It’s irresponsible for golf courses to be as green as they are in California,” said Keats. Instead of dark green fairways, “we could have California brownways, with rock and with dirt and with scrub—the kind of vegetation that naturally grows here. We’re not in Scotland. Why are we pretending that we are?”

Designing Tattnall Square Park’s Rain Gardens | Andrew Silver | City Parks Blog

Victoria Taylor: Landscape architect | Kevin Richie | NOW
“Apart from creative vision and attention to construction, a good landscape architect has a deep love for and curiosity about plants and the diverse beauty and dynamic processes of the natural world. That’s the bottom line, the critical foundation for the design of our spaces.”

Cal Poly names interim chair of landscape architecture department | Nick Wilson | The Tribune
David J. Watts has been named interim chair of the landscape architecture department of Cal Poly’s College of Architecture & Environmental Design.

VIA 31 | Bangkok, Thailand | Shma

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To create the nice garden out of the confined space seems to be a challenging task for a landscape architect. The design strategy for VIA 31; small condominium in one of the densest area of Bangkok seems to be the answer for those challenge.
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This Week In Landscape | 3 August 2014

Another week of interesting landscape news and information…

Lustgarten // Quarry Bay [short timelapse] from Stephanie Cheung on Vimeo.
“Public garden space in front of One Island East, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong. A little study of how people travel around landscaped corners, benches etc…in packs during lunch break v. end of the day.”

Why restoring wetlands is more critical than ever | Bruce Stutz | Yale e360
“Like coastal wetlands around the world, they are in urgent need. Once considered wastelands, wetlands were diked to create grazing and farm lands — in Europe for the last 2,000 years, in North America for the last 400.”

“There’s still one more park taboo to be broken” | Alexandra Lange | DEZEEN
“This change comes with a realisation that some of what we want from a lawn is visual: that pop of green that indicates the end of the hardscape, a colour meant for pedestrians.”

Maintain Your (R)Age – The Best is Yet to Come by Jerry de Gryse | AILA
“I was reminded that in University, we were told we would do our best work in our 60s and beyond…..Reflecting on my own experience, I realize it is more than trial and error that makes us better landscape architects as we age. So I made a list and, like many lists, there are at least 10 reasons why our best is yet to come.”

The Battle of Brooklyn Bridge Park | Liz Robins | New York Times
“This is a continuation of a battle that goes back 30 years, in which civic leaders in Brooklyn Heights fought to make a park on the shipping piers that the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey was ready to sell.”

Little parklet memorial brings international activism to Edmonton | Elise Stolte | Edmonton Journal
” A local landscape design student plans to honour the life of a fallen cyclist by creating a temporary park over several parking stalls along Whyte Avenue. The “parklet” will exist for just one day, but it brings an international phenomenon to Edmonton and ensures well-known young athlete Isaak Kornelsen won’t be forgotten.”

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This Week in Landscape | 20 July 2014

A landscape architect in East Africa | Kate Street | NZILA
“There is such a strong satisfaction that comes from designing for someone’s basic needs. Designing for blind and deaf children adds a whole new dimension to the job at hand.”

Infrastructure and our way of life: lessons from the Atlanta BeltLine | Claire Nelischer | Spacing
An interview with Ryan Gravel, a senior urban designer with Perkins+Will who has helped to lead the design of the Atlanta BeltLine.

The Soil Pollution Crisis in China: A Cleanup Presents Daunting Challenge | He Guangwei | Yale e360
“China’s soil problem, he said, is not only one of pollution but also soil quality and erosion, and improving soil quality with increased organic matter and better pH levels is particularly urgent. ”

Tehran, the City of River Valleys, Needs a Landscape Ecological Approach to the Design and Planning of Its Waterways | Kaveh Samiei | Sustainable Cities Collective
“Based on the potentials and the restrictions of the landscape, the solutions for enhancing the ecological connectivity of urban natural public spaces are provided through the hierarchy of landscapes’ Environmental Equilibrium, Geographical-anthropological Sustainability and Eco-environmental-societal Excellence features.”

In Praise of Lurie Garden, Millennium Park’s Quiet Corner | Whet Moser | Chicago Mag
“How Chicago’s public gardens evolved from Burnham to Jensen to Ouldolf, and how they reflect the ambitions of our urbs in horto.”

Made in the Shade: Landscaping in the Shadow of the High Line | Terrie Brightman | Metropolis Magazine
“The High Line proved to be the main site challenge, as it occupies much of the visual landscape and creates areas of permanent shade—limiting the plant palette and the ability to establish a lush, viable landscape.”

Foster appointed director of Stuckeman School | PennState
“Kelleann Foster, a Penn State landscape architecture faculty member since 1989, has been appointed director of the Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, and associate dean of the College of Arts and Architecture at the University for a two-year term.”

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