Another week of landscape links from around the world
L.A. River: From Eyesore to Opportunity | WSJ VIDEO (4mins29s)
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is conducting a study to find ways to restore habitats in and around the Los Angeles River, bringing people and wildlife back to the city’s original source of life
How Google Earth Revealed Chicago’s Hidden Farms | Sarah Zielinski | NPR
“Urban agriculture is sometimes thought of as something new and trendy, but of course people have been growing food in backyards and on vacant land for generations,” Taylor says.
Reviving Europe’s Biodiversity By Importing Exotic Animals | Christian Schwägerl | Yale Environment 360
“Scientists are conducting intriguing — and counterintuitive — experiments at several sites in Germany: Bringing back long-lost herbivores, such as water buffalo, to encourage the spread of native plants that have fared poorly in Europe’s human-dominated landscape.”
NYC is turning 12,000 old parking meters into bike racks | Tyler Falk | Smart Planet
The city’s department of transportation has signed a $2 million contract to turn 12,000 old parking meter poles into bike racks.
Why Floor and Brown Left SmithGroupJJR | Daniel Jost | Landscape Architecture Magazine
An interview with Kristina Floor, FASLA and Chris Brown, FASLA, about leaving SmithGroupJJR after merging 4 years ago.
Winter 2013 Landscape Architecture Walks: Samuel Smith Park- Artificial Ice Trail | OALA
The OALA Social Committee is inviting members join them on Saturday 19 January to a Walk of the award winning Samuel Smith Park- Artificial Ice Trail project (In Toronto) lead by Jim Melvin from PMA Landscape Architects.
Meeting the Northwest Livability Challenge | University of Oregon
School of Architecture and Allied Arts is holding a panel discussion in Portland on Wednesday, January 16.
Creekside Studio is a collaboration between landscape architect Jeffrey Miller and artist Amy Trachtenberg that creates a gateway and gathering place for Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga, California. Montalvo is an internationally known art center, offering artist residencies, performances, exhibitions, and a wide array of public arts programming. The center is located on a 175-acre property that once belonged to California Senator James Phelan. In 1930, the senator bequeathed the property for use as a public park and center for art.
Continue reading Creekside Studio | Saratoga USA | Miller Company Landscape Architects and Amy Trachtenberg
Just arrived in the WLA mailbox is the Autumn edition of Landscape – The Journal of the Landscape Institute. This edition covers the Landscape Institute Awards 2012 and also a few interesting articles about 2016 Olympics Rio masterplan, Remaking Cities and the Highline for London Competition. The section I enjoyed reading was Debate – Should landscape architects be activists?. Landscape is published quarterly by the Landscape Institute.
Another landscape architect firm profile from DutchDFa. As former Governmental Advisor on Landscape and one of the directors of H+N+S Landscape Architects, Dirk Sijmons explains, the Netherlands is a mostly man-made body of land.
Dutch Profiles: H+N+S landscape architects from Dutch Profiles on Vimeo.
In July we had the opportunity to publish the Dead Sea Development Zone Master Plan in Amman, Jordan by Sasaki Associates, Hunts Point Landing in the Bronx USA by Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects (which later opened in October) and the interesting installation by Arteologie by Atelier 37.2 in Auvergne France
Dead Sea Development Zone Master Plan in Amman, Jordan
Continue reading 2012 In Review | July
May saw us publish a range of projects including the beautifully rendered St Peter’s Square design competition won by Latz + Partner along with Gandhi Park in Spain by Green Effect Landscape Architects & Josep Selga Landscape Studio. We also published Tichnun-Nof Landscape Architects railway park in Jerusalem that reused the main elements on the route were the remaining lines which were considerably well preserved, this included the iron tracks.
Latz + Partner win St Peter’s Square design competition
Continue reading 2012 In Review | May
DutchDFA has been publishing profiles during 2012 and the latest one is of Rietveld Landscape and their project Vacant NL. Landscape architect Ronald Rietveld, together with his brother, economist and philosopher Erik Rietveld, form the driving forces behind Rietveld Landscape. One of their well-known projects is Vacant NL. It’s an appeal to the Dutch government to make the enormous potential of unused buildings owned by state-institutions available for the creative knowledge economy.
Dutch Profiles: Rietveld Landscape from Dutch Profiles on Vimeo.