This Week in Landscape | 13 May 2012

This weeks round-up of landscape news from around the web.

Can this park still be saved? | Tom Bell | Maine Sunday Telegram

“Portland’s Eastland Park Hotel proposes buying Congress Square Plaza, a poorly designed space….”

Urban living in Town Center | Brian Walzel | Impact News

“The focus of residential growth and development is beginning to shift from the traditional village center concept to more of an urban living design….”

Delhi Journal: What ‘New’ Delhi Can Learn From ‘Old’ Delhi | Tripti Lahiri | WSJ

“What is really amazing is how free it seems… the diversity of mankind you see on those streets, you do not see even in New Delhi….”

Planting day to complete garden tribute to architect Jo Yeates | Daily Echo

“…landscape architects from across the south will be coming to play their part in the garden in her honour.”

HUD launches overhaul of consolidated planning process | Brian Sullivan | HUD

“It is estimated HUD’s new approach will save communities at least 65,000 staff hours each year and support communities in need-driven, place-based decision-making that will engage informed public participation and improve community and economic development outcomes.”

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Newport Green | Newport USA | Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects

Newport Green | Newport USA Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects

Newport Green, a park comprising a 4.25-acre waterfront site at the north end of Newport, New Jersey, is now open to the public. Located in a large, mixed use community across from lower Manhattan, the park provides comprehensive amenities requested by local residents not available in other area spaces. The first phase of the park, comprising an all-weather play field, playground, display and native gardens.

Continue reading Newport Green | Newport USA | Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects

This Week in Landscape – 22 April 2012

This weeks round-up of landscape news from around the web.

The new revolutionaries: Landscape architects reinvent urban parks | Rebecca Messner | Grist
The present generation of landscape architects is doing truly groundbreaking work, building parks like the High Line in places nobody expects them.

The Invention and Reinvention of the City: An Interview with Rem Koolhaas – World Policy Blog
“….creative flexibility allows us to design buildings that are more versatile, which can be successful in new economies and in new contexts.”

Sustainability saves landscape architecture | Brad Kane | Hartford Business
“The whole idea of sustainability is out there,” Tavella said. “Now it is cool to be green again.”

Park among the trees: Pittsburgh should require parking lots to plant trees — lots of trees | Thomas Hylton | Post Gazette
Nearly all the new trees have been planted in parks and along streets, the traditional location for shade trees in densely populated cities. But there’s another vitally important urban habitat for trees: parking lots.

Brooklyn Bridge Park Gets $40 Million Gift to Build Field House | Lisa W. Foderaro | NY Times
The field house is to be giant — 115,000 square feet near Pier 5, with a 200-meter inclined cycling track with up to 2,500 seats and a 22,000-square-foot infield that can accommodate other sports, including basketball, tennis, volleyball and gymnastics.

From LAND Reader (sister site to World Landscape Architecture)

Critics come out against Brooklyn Bridge Park

City Pulls Plug on Waste-to-Energy Site at Fresh Kills

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Down to 4: Waller Creek Design Competition short list

Back in February we reported that the shortlist for the Waller Creek Design Competition had been shortened to nine teams. Now after Stage 2 (interviews) the shortlist has been whittled down to 4 teams lead by

Congratulations to all shortlisted teams and we will keep you informed as the competition now progresses into Stage 3 – Design Concepts.

This Week in Landscape | 15 April 2012

This weeks round-up of landscape news from around the web.

Why Designers Need To Stop Feeling Sorry For Africa | Skibsted Ideation | Fast Co Design
Taking a patronizing approach to investing in Africa undermines the continent’s people and entrepreneurial promise, argues Jens Martin Skibsted and Rasmus Bech Hansen.

How green is a parking lot? New efforts to test infrastructure | David J. Unger | Sacremento Bee
A growing number of civil engineers, landscape architects and urban planners are making a case for not just repairing but also for greening the structural underbelly we rely on to drink our water, cross our rivers and park our cars.

NY state parks system getting $89M funding boost | Wall Street Journal
$89 million in New York Works capital projects for the state-run system of 178 parks and 35 historic sites.

Six new spots for architecture lovers | Katia Hetter | CNN
Various spots around the world including the High Line

A new approach to infrastructure | Denise Deveau | Calgary Herald

Canadian cities need to replace their aging infrastructure to accommodate new weather patterns, shifting demographics and social trends

The Shell Game | Martin C. Pedersen | Metropolis Magazine
New York University announced yesterday that it was scaling back its controversial plans for expansion

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