The Steel Yard | Providence USA | Klopfer Martin Design Group


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.

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This Week in Landscape | 2 February 2013

Another week in landscape architecture with our selection of links from around the world

Landscape Urbanism…Decoded? | OLIN
“What is landscape urbanism? Is it a method, a practice, or a result? What does this term mean to contemporary practitioners of landscape architecture?”

Landscape Architects: Please Don’t Call Us ‘Architects’ | Sommer Mathis | Atlantic Cities
ASLA goes after Atlantic Cities for spelling Olmsted wrong and calling him an architect. Also stating there is “distinction between landscape architecture and architecture…”

Detroit Mayor Announces Parks and Recreation Closures and Cuts Due to City Council’s Belle Isle Decision | City of Detroit
Detroit Mayor Dave Bing announced that 50 Detroit parks will close this spring and the operation of other City parks and recreation centers will be severely impacted, due to the Detroit City Council’s failure to approve a Belle Isle lease agreement with the State of Michigan.

Iowa State landscape architecture professor receives national planning award | Iowa State University
The American Planning Association is honoring an Iowa State University faculty member with a national award. Christopher J. Seeger, an associate professor of landscape architecture and extension specialist, will receive a 2013 National Planning Achievement Award for Transportation Planning.

Imagining in the Urban Wild | Stephen Plunkard | Stantec is…..
Could an interesting, creative and challenging outdoor experience be an alternative to video games? Would it encourage girls and boys to become planners, designers and engineers?

Global Centre for Ecosystem Management Established by UNEP and China | UNEP
The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) have established a new global centre on ecosystem management in Beijing, which is aimed at promoting ecosystem management in developing countries.

Ship Point Plaza | Victoria Canada | LADR Landscape Architects


It’s been 2 ½ years since Ship Point Plaza was officially opened on Victoria’s Inner Harbour as part of an emotional Canadian Navy Centennial celebration. Since then the plaza has been visited by thousands of locals, tourists and military families who gather to remember loved ones who have served or serve still, or to simply enjoy the view of the harbour and British Columbia’s legislative buildings.
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EXHIBITION | White Cube, Green Maze: New Art Landscapes | Yale School of Architecture Gallery

Exterior of PACCAR Pavilion at the Olympic Sculpture Park by Weiss/Manfredi Architecture/Landscape/Urbanism | Image Credit Iwan Baan

White Cube, Green Maze: New Art Landscapes will open on February 14, 2013, at the Yale School of Architecture Gallery. The exhibition examining emerging trends in museum design through six new art sites that share the common thread of moving beyond the traditional “white cube” gallery space, and that juxtapose the experience of culture, art, architecture, and landscape.

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ECLAS 2013 Conference | “SPECIFICS” | Call for Papers

The European Council of Landscape Architecture Schools (ECLAS) will hold its annual Conference in Hamburg from 22 to 25 September 2013. ECLAS has put out the call for papers for the 5 topics – NATURE HAPPENED YESTERDAY, WHO OWNS THE LANDSCAPE?, BEST PRACTICE LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE, LANDSCAPE AND STRUCTURES and EVENTS AND CONVERSION. The conference will be hosted by the Hafen City University Hamburg and is curated and coordinated by the Department of Landscape Architecture, Prof. Christiane Sörensen.

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