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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VIDEO | Martha Schwartz at Harvard GSD

Martha Schwartz recently gave a one and half hour presentation at Harvard GSD about her firm’s works and recently published book Recycling Spaces: Curating Urban Evolution: The Work of Martha Schwartz Partners.  Martha Schwartz is Professor in Practice of Landscape Architecture at the GSD. A landscape architect and artist for over 29 years, she teaches a core studio and design studios focusing on artistic expression in the landscape.

VIDEO CREDIT | Harvard GSD

BOOK REVIEW | Ecological Design by Nancy Rottle & Ken Yocom


Ecological design is an integral part of landscape architecture and there is a need to explain the basics to students and those looking for a simple guide. Rottle and Yocom’s book – Basics Landscape Architecture 02: Ecological Design is a great resource for those wishing to get a grasp on the principles and also understand how to implement the basics. The book achieves this by giving an outline of each principle and how these were applied in case studies.
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This Week In Landscape | 11 November 2012

This Weeks landscape links from around the world

Employment Plans Bump Up, & 2/3 of Landscape Architecture Firm Respondents Predict an Improved Economy in 2013
ASLA’s Q3 Business Quarterly survey shows the USA economy looking up

New York’s Wet Future: How the City Could Live With the Sea Rather Than Fighting It | Justin Davidson | New York Magazine
The waters that tore up New York behaved like invading barbarians, smashing into seawalls, vaulting over bulkheads, hurtling along gutters, rushing towards clogged storm drains, and overwhelming sewage-treatment plants.

Windfarms: is community ownership the way ahead? | Patrick Kingsley | Guardian 
On the Danish island of Samsø many of the wind turbines are owned by the residents. Is that the way around nimbyism?

Honoring a sustainability champion who ‘repairs the fabric of communities’ | Kaid Benfield | Switchboard
Jonathan’s introduction to NRDC was not exactly a smooth one:  we sued him.

Tel Aviv, urban planning must be focused on the future | Luca Zevi | ANSAMED
”Tel Aviv is a metropolis that arose triumphantly from its consumerist phase,”

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Chinatown Upgrades | Sydney Australia | ASPECT Studios

The upgrades to Little Hay Street, Factory Street and Kimber Lane are stage one in the transformation of Chinatown’s Public Domain. The focus of the work is to uplift the public domain quality and strengthen the pedestrian connections, whilst improving lighting, furniture, and embracing the distinguishing character of each street or laneway by integrating site specific public artworks.
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Kaos Garden | Ponte de Lima Portugal | Annaparch

Kaos Garden | Lima Portugal | Annaparch
It is an Ephemeral Garden with a great degree of projectile liberty and experimentation due to its transitory nature. The annual theme of the Festival was THE KAOS IN THE GARDEN. The interpretation of the theme belongs to the Fractal Geometry as tool of knowledge of the laws of the Universe.

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