This Week in Landscape | 9 September 2012

Luanda Angola | Credit Tio Gegeca

This weeks landscape links from around the world

 Designers don’t always know what’s best | Michael Short | smh.com.au
A single mother in a Cambodian slum inspired Lucinda Hartley(Urban designer, landscape architect and activist) to change the world.

Reflections from OLIN’s Interns | OLIN Blog
Interns from OLIN’s  ten-week internship program give their thoughts on what they learned.

Budding landscape architect Viktor Filipi | Radio Praha
“Landscape or garden architecture is a bit of an unusual field. Like classic architecture it also allows you to create, but we are working not with static elements but with vegetation and also time…….”

Landscape Architecture Accessibility and Communication | Lucy Wang | Landscape Architecture Foundation
 “….What’s most interesting to me is what social media can do for promoting the awareness of green space, and ultimately, lead to a better public understanding of landscape architecture…”

UN calls for policies to address rapid urbanization in developing countries
 A United Nations official has called for the development of national urban policies to ensure developing countries are not overwhelmed by urbanization, which he compared to a tsunami for its staggering growth which can surpass cities’ capacities to manage it.

As Temps Rise, Cities Combat ‘Heat Island’ Effect | Richard Harris | NPR
More than 20,000 high-temperature records have been broken so far this year in the United States. And the heat is especially bad in cities, which are heating up about twice as fast as the rest of the planet.

IMAGE CREDIT: Flickr User tio gegeaca

Out/In/Front:Landscape Leading Exhibition

Out/In/Front:Landscape Leading Exhibition

View of Seattle from Gas Works Park | flickr user london road

The Landscape Architecture Professional Advisory Council and the University of Washington Department of Landscape Architecture are sponsoring an exhibit of emerging landscape architectural projects by northwest practitioners.  OUT/in/FRONT: Landscape Leading is open to all projects, proposals, or activities where the work of landscape architects plays a prime role (contractual or not) in shaping the built environment in northwest USA. If you live in Seattle put the 8th October in your diary for the Exhibition Opening.

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KERB 20 | Speculative Stories: Narratives in Landscape Architecture

KERB 20 | Speculative Stories: Narratives in Landscape ArchitectureKerb 20 is the latest issue of the Journal of Landscape Architecture that originated at RMIT in 1989 and was launched last Friday in Melbourne, Australia. Kerb 20 Speculative Stories: Narratives in Landscape Architecture examines ways in which speculative narrative discourse can be applied to landscape architecture. Through exploring Fabricated foundations, Fossilisation of information, and Contemporary unfoldings, we can navigate new horizons for the narratives of landscape architecture that propel beyond responsive tracings, and position new navigations; forms of resistance to the existing knowledge. It is through this view in landscape architecture that exploration is facilitated of both new possibilities and of their implications.

The journal is unique in being compiled and edited each year by a small group of students, who select a range of articles pertinent to the dedicated theme of each edition. Kerb seeks to set the agenda for designers and landscape architects, establishing a platform for new ideas and contemporary design theory. Kerb Journal is now featured on university reading lists around the world.
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EXHIBITION | Immensity + Intimacy: Brooklyn Bridge Park Jul.26-Oct.19

Image Credit | Martin Seck

Immensity + Intimacy: Brooklyn Bridge Park explores the reborn landscape on New York City’s East River as a prototype for reimagining the urban waterfront. Through an inventive series of strategies, including sculpting the site’s complex maritime edge, reusing salvaged materials, and embedding ecology and experience, the park, designed by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, redefines the Brooklyn waterfront as a central place in the civic imagination.

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This Week in Landscape | 26 August 2012

Highline
Another week of great landscape links from around the world.

Disney World on the Hudson | Jeremiah Moss | NY Times Op-ed
This article sparked debate this week as Moss came out and stated that “The High Line has become a tourist-clogged catwalk and a catalyst for some of the most rapid gentrification in the city’s history.” Causing a few interesting conversations on the interwebs.

With Funding Tight, Cities are Turning to Green Infrastructure | Jim Robbins | Yale Environment 360
“We’re at a tipping point,” says Katherine Baer of American Rivers, which is working with communities to implement green infrastructure.

Making Green a Primary Color | Harvard Magazine
“Let’s look at the city as an ecological or biological system,” says (Charles) Waldheim.

A Land Art Sanctuary Filled With Eye-Bending Masterpieces | Cliff Kuang | Fast Co.Design
Gibbs has spent the last two decades commissioning notable artists to work on the farm, collecting a menagerie of roughly two dozen pieces that he calls “a sanctuary for the senses.”

Los Angeles Puts a New Park at Its Heart | Jennifer Medina | NY Times (sydicated)
A long article about Grand Park in LA without a mention of the designers – Rios Clementi Hale Studios

Dismayed by a monastery garden’s disrepair, landscape architect resurrects it | Doug Oster | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
She was determined to renovate the garden. The first step was getting permission.

IMAGE CREDIT: Flickr User m.gifford

Docklands Marina Park | Cork Ireland | OKRA

Docklands Marina Park | Cork Ireland | OKRA

Ireland’s first large scale urban wetlands and park surrounding a modern sports stadium, which it is hoped will act as a catalyst project for the redevelopment of Cork Docklands, has been awarded by Cork City Council to OKRA.

The winning concept design, led by the Dutch landscape architects OKRA in cooperation with the Irish landscape architects REDscape, took the City Council’s brief for the redevelopment of Marina Park to a new level and offers an exciting vision of dynamic landscapes and ecosystems tailored to a modern and developing city. The design concept includes a sequence of urban water gardens, watercourses and wetland areas that will recycle storm water from the adjacent docklands and create a sustainable environment for the new city park on the River Lee.

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This Week in Landscape | 19 August 2012

Doha

Doha, Qatar | Image Credit: Flickr User Sarah_Ackerman

This weeks links from around the world

Delirious Doha | Tino Rizzo | Domus
A survey of recent projects in Qatar reveals a particular brand of “instant urbanism”…

What Parks Need to Make the Grade | John Farley | Thirteen.org
NY Park ratings, friends, maintenance and improvement projects – “I do worry that we’re adding and have added a lot of new parkland and the maintenance budget is not getting increased. That could catch up with us,”

The BMW Guggenheim Lab: An urban experiment that nearly failed | C.G. | Economist
…New York to Kreuzberg, an edgy part of town, some locals resisted: they suspected creeping gentrification and condemned it as “some crappy capitalist luxury project”, and even threatened violence. So BMW Guggenheim found a more agreeable venue in already gentrified Prenzlauer Berg…..

Renovated Perk Park in Cleveland gives the city a new oasis of urban bliss | Steven Litt | Cleveland.com
Veteran New York landscape architect Thomas Balsley and the Cleveland landscape firm of McKnight & Associates, redesigned the 40-year-old park, which felt tired and unsafe before renovation, with a sleek, contemporary look.

SEBS Students Offer Designs for Voorhees Environmental Park | Rutgers University
The task of coming up with conceptual designs for what will become the Voorhees Environmental Park fell to students in the Rutgers Graduate Program of Landscape Architecture.

UN Launches Sustainable Development Network to Help Find Solutions to Global Problems | UNEP
The Sustainable Development Solutions Network will work with stakeholders including business, civil society, UN agencies and other international organizations to identify and share the best pathways to achieve sustainable development.

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