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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City Park | Bradford UK | Gillespies

City Park | Bradford UK | Gillespies

City Park in Bradford, designed by Gillespies landscape architects and urban designers on behalf of Bradford Council and supported by a multi-disciplinary design team, was officially launched on March 24th 2012. The landmark public space contains the largest city-centre water feature anywhere in the UK, a 4,000sq m mirror pool, and the UK’s tallest urban fountain which reaches a spectacular 100ft.

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This Week in Landscape | 8 April 2012

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

Five Paradigm Shifts to Enhance a City | Various Contributors | The Tyee
Various panels paradigm from ‘Shift’ – UBC School of Landscape and Architecture’s fall lecture series

Does Poor Urban Planning Contribute to Crime in Gurgaon? | Raka Choudhury | India Realtime-WSJ
In Gurgaon, despite the excitement and energy of economic boom-time, the quality of life of urban residents is constantly challenged by poor planning.

Lily Jencks on Landscape Design | Susanna Sirefman| Wall Street Journal 
The rising young star of landscape design on low-fuss plants, Chinese gardens and her mother’s extraordinary legacy

A path to gardens’ renewal | TBO.COM
More talk of repairing Kiley Gardens in Tampa Bay (designed by Dan Kiley)

Controversy brewing over Counterbalance Park | Queen Anne View
Finished park (designed by Murase Associates) about to be ruined by committee – what all landscape architects dread

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To spin a yard | Amiens France | Atelier Altern

To spin a yard | Amiens France | Atelier Altern

Atelier Altern created an installation in the French city of Amiens where the first edition of « Imaginez maintenant » was taking place.

« Imaginez Maintenant » is a national event in support of youth creation, including performances, fashion, architecture and poetry, as well as an experimentation field for young landscapers to share, over the summer, a contextual and sensitive vision on emblematic French heritage sites. In order to represent the profession of landscape architect among the national sphere of creation, the city of Amiens through the center of art programmes of Amiens (Maison de la Culture d’Amiens) has given the possibility to transform emblematic French heritages sites of the town : the islands of the Hortillonnages, a curious site of floating gardens.

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This Week in Landscape | 11 March 2012

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

Landscape architects shape city’s green spaces | Sharon Litwin | NOLA.com
“Today landscape architecture projects can range from those as modest as private garden designs to those addressing issues of such huge scale as coastal erosion or managing environmental disasters.”

New York’s High Line project should inspire Ann Arbor to create its own urban parks | Will Hathaway & Marc Ross | AnnArbor.com
“The level of interest here in Ann Arbor was palpable in the near capacity Michigan Theater audience. Ann Arborites were enthusiastic about this story of reclaiming underutilized space for use as an urban public park.”

With city’s help, fans of Tampa’s Kiley Garden aim for a comeback | Richard Danielson | Tampa Bay Times
The City Council will look for funds to help complete an ambitious restoration of (Dan)Kiley Garden, often forgotten by locals but admired internationally by landscape architects.

Landscape Optimism: An Interview with Chris Reed | Quilian Riano | Design Observer
An interview with Chris Reed from Stoss Landscape Urbanism

New Urbanism not as simple as once thought, expert says | Blake Aued | Online Athens
Blake reports some interesting  Andres Duany statements  “He now favors a compromise, ecological urbanism. Pave over creeks and get rid of expensive green building standards in very dense areas, he said, because people who live on top of each other are doing the environment a favor by taking up less space.”

“Extreme Beauty and Extreme Vulgarity”: Rem Koolhaas Shares His Thoughts on Japanese Metabolist Architecture | Janelle Zara | Artinfo
“I was friends already with some of them and therefore there was an issue of accessibility,” Koolhaas said. “I was particularly interested to look at the first non-western avant-garde. We are currently living in a situation where a lot of initiatives are no longer ours…”

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