This Week In Landscape | 8 September 2013

Weekly round up of landscape architecture links

More Parks and Green Space | Adrian Benepe | New York Times
“The next mayor[New York] will not face the crisis that Koch faced — in fact, the Bloomberg administration presided over the biggest program of park building since the 1930s. But considerable challenges and opportunities face the next administration, which will need to maintain the new parks while continuing to build for a growing city.”

Landscape Institute Chief executive Alastair McCapra to leave for new job | Landscape Institute
Chief executive Alastair McCapra is leaving the Landscape Institute at the end of October to take up the post of CEO at the Chartered Institute of Public Relations.

Q&A: Lise Cormier, landscape architect, on sparking an international plant-sculpture craze | Molly Petrilla | Smartplanet.com
smart planet spoke with Cormier about the art form’s soaring international popularity, the industry developing around it,

On a Remote Island, Lessons In How Ecosystems Function | Fred Pearce | Yale Enivironment 360
“Transformed by British sailors in the 19th century, Ascension Island in the South Atlantic has a unique tropical forest consisting almost entirely of alien species. Scientists say that what has happened there challenges some basic assumptions about ecosystems and evolution.”

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Harvard GSD announces winners of the 2013 Veronica Rudge Green Prize

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The Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) is pleased to announce the awarding of the 11th Veronica Rudge Green Prize in Urban Design to two projects, The Metro do Porto in Porto, Portugal, and the Northeastern Urban Integration Project in Medellín, Colombia, in a ceremony to be held on Tuesday, September 3, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. in Piper Auditorium at the GSD. Rahul Mehrotra, Professor and Chair of the Department of Urban Planning and Design, and Prize Jury Chair, will host a panel discussion including presentations by representatives (designers and administrators) of the two winning teams. The event will be followed by a reception and viewing of the exhibition Transformative Mobilities: Porto & Medellín, installed in the GSD’s Gund Hall gallery.


“If there are lessons to be drawn for urban design from Medellín and Porto, I think the broader lesson has to do with the disruption of the segregation of the disciplines in the design field. Historically we have understood that Landscape Architecture sits in one place, Architecture in another, and Urban Design and Planning [in another, with all three disciplines] in constant conflict about their territorial rights. One of the things that is revolutionary about the Medellín project is that distinguishing among the disciplines is no longer possible.” Michael Sorkin – Jury Member

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2014 IFLA Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe Award | Call for Nominations

The International Federation of Landscape Architects(IFLA) has put out the call for the 2014 Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe Award. The highest honor that the IFLA can bestow upon a landscape architect. The annual Award recognises a living landscape architect whose lifetime achievements and contributions have had a unique and lasting impact on the welfare of society and the environment and on the promotion of the profession of landscape architecture.
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QueensWay | New Park from Abandoned Rail Spans in Queens | WXY + DLAND

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Working with DLANDSTUDIO, the firm WXY leads planning and feasibility study of a 3.5-mile greenway park on defunct rail lines, for cultural and recreational uses. WXY Architecture + Urban Design and DLANDSTUDIO Landscape Architecture & Architecture have been selected for the commission to lead a feasibility study and planning phase for the QueensWay, a conversion of a 3.5-mile section of abandoned railway tracks and structures into parks and recreational paths.
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Green River Project | Moscow Russia | OKRA

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In Moscow, a densely built mega polis, there are major challenges on how to maintain and develop a healthy green urban and peri-urban environment. Improving the quality of existing public space and cityscape and to develop new areas on a sustainable way, will improve the quality of living and create new economic, social and environmental value.

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