Design Adds Value to the Commons – Michael Speaks, Dean, University of Kentucky College of Design from UK/CoD on Vimeo.
Design Adds Value to the Commons was a design symposium hosted by The University of Kentucky College of Design in conjunction with Lexington’s Downtown Development Authority’s Town Branch Commons Design Competition. Design Adds Value to the Commons was five landscape architects discussing the importance of good design for downtown development and including presentations by
Mark Johnson of Civitas, Shane Coen of Coen+Partners, Petra Blaisse of Inside Outside, Julien de Smedt & Diana Balmori of JDS Architects/Balmori Associates and Kate Orff of Scape
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Cummins Inc | Columbus Indiana | Design by Dan Kiley | Image Credit | berriehol
Landscape links from around the world in the week that was
Dan Kiley: A great yet little known Modernist | Charles A. Birnbaum | Huffington Post
“Kiley was also among the most important, influential and personally idiosyncratic landscape architects of the 20th century and designer of more than 1,100 projects – yet today he is not well known.”
Now Atlanta Is Turning Old Tracks Green | Robby Brown | NY Times
“The BeltLine would be the most expensive rails-to-trails project, urban planners say. It would add 40 percent more parks to Atlanta. Only 4.6 percent of Atlanta is parkland….”
The World’s Largest Firms Have Been Ranked… But Does It Matter? | Vanessa Quirk | ArchDaily
“This Top 5 gives us a sense of the major players in the architectural world, but with the subjective ranking of their efficiency”
How to Make Suburbs Work Like Cities | Trisha Riggs | Urban Land
The steady movement toward more compact suburban growth is being driven in part by generation Y, an 80 million–member demographic group that is entering the markets for housing and jobs.
Urban sprawl affects inner-ring suburbs, too | Don Jacobson | Star Tribune
“….residents of closer-in areas also say they “feel” those characteristics of sprawl in their neighborhoods despite their higher population densities, and a University of Minnesota researcher says a study she performed indicates their perception in many cases is indeed more than just a feeling.”
IMAGE CREDIT | Flickr user | berrihol | Holly Higgins
Northside Park is located in Aiken, South Carolina approximately 2 miles from the city’s downtown core. The proposed sixty-four acre park is a decommissioned city dump that served the town for nearly fifty years until its closure in the 1980s.
Continue reading Northside Park | Aiken USA | Pearson Russell Design Associates
Landscape links from around the world this week…
Landscape of professionalism | Brent Bellamy | Winnipeg Free Press
“Landscape architects work as part of a design team to ensure buildings appropriately engage the public realm, strengthening their connection to the human scale.”
The Green Team Part 9: Going Vertical | Terrie Brightman | Metropolis Magazine
The design of exterior vertical surfaces can take on many forms and configurations including green screens, green walls, cable trellis systems, wall-mounted planters, trellises, and planters housing fastigiate (columnar) species, to name a few.
The Great Exchange | Daniel Jost | Landscape Architecture Magazine
“Professors from both sides of the Pacific talk about the amazing cultural exchange happening between American and Chinese universities and the rising stature of landscape architecture in China.”
10 Best Cities for Urban Forests | American Forests
“These cities stood out among the 50 most populous cities in the nation based on a combination of six main criteria….”
Imagining a Drone-Proof City | Sarah Goodyear | Atlantic Cities
“The City hides the individual in the embrace of the community, using human traits drones cannot understand as protection. The City subverts the aggressor.”
IMAGE CREDIT | Flickr user fiat.luxury
Most cities with industrial pasts inherit problematic environmental futures. The Steel Yard’s cleanup is a showcase for regenerative design in a tough environment. Within industrial Providence, our project is a public intervention that upends commonly held notions of blighted neighborhoods and shows the potential for real, actively engaged – not simply ‘adaptive’—re-use. The Steel Yard’s landscape for learning embodies the non-profit’s mission through innovative (and necessarily inexpensive) brownfield remediation, stormwater filtration/reduction, purposeful design and placemaking.
Continue reading The Steel Yard | Providence USA | Klopfer Martin Design Group