This Week in Landscape | 9 December 2012

This Weeks landscape architecture links from around the world….

Designing the Urban Landscape To Meet 21st Century Challenges | Diane Toomey | Yale Environment 360
Martha Schwartz, a professor at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, explains in a Yale Environment 360 interview how creative landscape architecture can help cities become models of sustainability in a world facing daunting environmental challenges.

Editorial> Landscape Architecture’s Ascendance | Alan G. Brake | Architect’s Newspaper
In recent years, landscape architects have seen their profile rise. The discipline has gained stature in the public’s imagination, as well as among the allied disciplines of architecture, planning, and even civil and transportation engineering.

Exploring Roosevelt Island’s New Four Freedoms Park | Sara Polsky | Curbed NY
After decades of delays, Louis Kahn’s Four Freedoms Park is now open to the public at the southern end of Roosevelt Island.

A Field Guide to the Wonderful World of Clients  | Ilya Pozin | LinkedIN
“No company should have to put up with tough clients. That’s why I’ve compiled the infographic below, which details a few specific characteristics you can look for to identify when someone is going to be hard to work with.”

What’s in a name? | Julian Raxworthy
“Glorious failure: the landscape architect in the entropic garden. Landscape change results in material outcomes that exhibit the quality of novelty.”

Thinking on Sustainability Through Health | Cathy Markle
“In thinking about the potential of landscape architecture to effect people in their daily lives and in the future…….”


VIDEO | Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park: a Landscape Legacy

As we enter December and start to look back at landscape architecture projects of 2012, there is one project that stands out – The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. A park that involved numerous landscape architecture firms and allied professionals. The Landscape Institute recently published a short video – The Olympic Park: a Landscape Legacy produced by Room60. The video shows the transformational power of landscape and how various landscape architects can join together as a team.

This Week in Landscape | 2 December 2012

this weeks landscape links from around the world

The Green Team Part 5: Tree Tag…You’re It! | Lisa DuRussel | Metropolis Magazine
….there comes a time when a landscape architect moves out from behind her drawing set, turns off AutoCAD, and heads out to a nursery.

New York City AIDS Memorial Approved by Landmarks | Jeremiah Budin | Curbed NY
..The future New York City AIDS Memorial at St. Vincent’s Hospital Park, the agreed upon design from Studio a + i received no opposition from the Landmarks Preservation Commission….

Do Landscape Architects Need to Open Up the Conversation? | Darryl Jones| DIRT
Howe wrapped things up with, “this is a navel we have been picking for generations.” Sensing some unrest from the mostly young audience, Hough declared, “we are the status quo,” referring to himself and the other panelists, “it’s up to you to change the conversation.”

Removal of design from school curriculum is “insanity” – Neville Brody | Dezeen
The creative industries need high-quality creative graduates. If we’re not getting the graduates, we’re not going to sustain the industry,” said Brody.

US coastal cities in danger as sea levels rise faster than expected, study warns | Grantham Research Institute and Duncan Clark | Guardian
Sea-level rise is occurring much faster than scientists expected – exposing millions more Americans to the destructive floods produced by future Sandy-like storms, new research suggests.

Celebrating 5 years of World Landscape Architecture

Celebrating 5 years of World Landscape Architecture


World Landscape Architecture celebrates 5 years of  publishing landscape architecture projects, news, competitions and book reviews. Originally a blog named World Landscape Architect with a few readers has grown into a webzine of over 35,000 readers and our more recently the WLA Quarterly Landscape Architecture Magazine.

One of the first posts back in 2007 was about “Michael Arad achieved the dream of many architects: He won the competition to design the memorial to the victims of September 11, 2001, in Manhattan.”, 5 years later and the 9/11 Memorial  is now open and a landmark space in New York.

Over the last five years and almost 3,000 posts we have had the pleasure of publishing projects from across the world from the small gardens to the mega-city masterplans. Design Firms, students and government organisations have contributed a great deal to World Landscape Architecture and I would like to celebrate their contributions by giving our readers a free download(ipad or PDF) of the #05 edition of WLA Landscape Quarterly Magazine for the next week. The #05 edition includes the North Wharf Promenade in New Zealand by Taylor Cullity Lethlean & Wraight+Associates and also included is projects from SWA Group, Sasaki Associates, HM White, OKRA and more.

Also to celebrate our 5 years we will give away 5 print editions of the upcoming #07  edition of WLA Landscape Architecture Quarterly Magazine to 5 people who tell us their favorite project on World Landscape Architecture and why. Send your entry to We will announce the 5 winners on December 14 .

Thank you to our readers and supporters.

Damian Holmes – Founder & Editor of World Landscape Architecture

Andrew Grant and Dan Pearson win Royal Designer for Industry in Landscape Design

Gardens by the Bay – Grant Associates | Image Credit Robert Such

The RSA has announced the Royal Designers for Industry awards that began as a means by which to enhance the status of designers today remains the highest accolade for designers in the UK and is conferred to those who have shown sustained design excellence, work of aesthetic value and significant benefit to society. Andrew Grant, founder and director of Bath-based Grant Associates and Dan Pearson, Principal of Dan Pearson Studio are only the second and third British landscape architects to receive the award since it was introduced in 1936.  The first was Kim Wilkie in 2009.

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This Week in Landscape | 25 November 2012

Landscape links from around the world during this week

Noble but different professions | Letter to the Editor | Washington Post
Referring to a landscape architect as a “landscaper” is akin to calling an architect a carpenter. Both are noble professions, but they’re not the same.

Dieback ‘not necessarily the end’ for Britain’s native ash trees | Landscape Institute
The government admits that it needs to improve biosecurity including import controls, and generate more public engagement in helping diagnose and tackle disease through “citizen science” projects such as the AshTag app.

Are urban environments best for an ageing population? | Tim Smedley | Guardian
For an ageing society to function there needs to be a movement back to the cities

Swallowing Rain Forest, Cities Surge in Amazon | Simon Romero | New York Times
The torrid expansion of rain forest cities is visible in places like Parauapebas, which has changed in a generation from an obscure frontier settlement with gold miners and gunfights to a sprawling urban area with an air-conditioned shopping mall……

Architecture Billings Index Positive for Third Straight Month
Billings at architecture firms accelerated to their strongest pace of growth since December 2010.

Some Parks Still Closed from Sandy Damage | 4 New York
The Parks Department says 88 percent of parks have reopened and that they have made a lot of progress, but there are some parks citywide that are still closed. RELATED: Check out NYC Parks Notices for latest park closure notices.


Call for the A.E. Bye Landscape Architecture Archives Research Fellow

The Department of Landscape Architecture at Penn State is announcing a call for the A.E. Bye/ Landscape Architecture Archives Research Fellow for the calendar year 2013. The Fellowship provides a $2,500 stipend for a minimum of one week of archival research in the Eberly Family Special Collections Library at Penn State’s University Park campus in State College, Pennsylvania. The records (drawings, papers, photographs, and videos) of the celebrated twentieth-century American landscape architect A. E. Bye ( as well as those of landscape architects John Bracken and Stuart Mertz) are held at Penn State.

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