This Week in Landscape | 23 December 2012

Fresh Kills Park | Image Credit gsz

Fresh Kills Park | Image Credit gsz


This week of landscape links as we head toward 2013

Staten Island Landfill Park Proves Savior in Hurricane | Michael Kimmelman | NY Times
During Hurricane Sandy, the Fresh Kills landfill on Staten Island absorbed a critical part of the storm surge.

Urban renewal for the planet | Adrian Higgins | Washington Post
From a wasteland of empty lots and rundown buildings has sprung whole blocks of plush apartments, hotel suites, offices and bistros.

Living with Sandy: New York and Our Very Real Climate Change Future | Urban Omnibus
Superstorm Sandy and its continuing messy aftermath have provoked many serious conversations about New York City’s future. These range from private concerns about flood insurance and temporary housing to more public anxieties about the city as a coastal metropolis.

2012’s Notable Developments in Landscape Architecture | Charles A. Birnbaum | Huffington Post
With that said, here’s my list of 2012’s notable developments in landscape architecture

Metro Vancouver tree damage worst since 2006 storm | CBC
A week of heavy rain, snow, and wind have wreaked havoc across the Vancouver and at least 200 trees have fallen in Pacific Spirit Park, which separates Vancouver’s western edge from the UBC campus.

New Website Puts Spotlight on Blue Carbon | UNEP
Marine ecosystems, such as mangrove forests, seagrass meadows and saltwater marshes, can capture and store a significant amount of atmospheric carbon.

A Biodiversity Map, Version 2.0 | Rachel Nuwer | NY Times
“We’re not inventing anything here, we’re just implementing Wallace’s vision at an age where we have tons of DNA and more information on where species are on the planet.”

IMAGE CREDIT | Flickr user gsz (Garrett Ziegler)

VIDEO | Change Agents: Landscape Architects on the Innovation Forefront

On October 18, New York Chapter ASLA and Van Alen Institute hosted an evening of rapid-fire Pecha Kucha presentations – “Change Agents: Landscape Architects on the Innovation Forefront”

Change Agents: Landscape Architects on the Innovation Forefront from Van Alen Institute on Vimeo.

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Boulder Civic Area Ideas Competition

The City of Boulder invites architects, planners, designers, artists, landscape architects and any and all other creative thinkers—both professionals and students—to participate in the Civic Area Ideas Competition to propose creative concepts for the future transformation of Boulder’s most expansive public space into a true “civic heart” of the city.
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31st Street Harbor | Chicago USA | AECOM

IMAGE CREDIT | Scott Stevenson, Westrec

The 31st Street Harbor, one of the largest harbors built in Chicago in the last 50 years, transforms an underused portion of Lake Michigan lakeshore into a new public amenity. Unlike traditional harbors that are typically commercial ventures, this project took the approach of integrating the 1,000-slip marina with a park, melding high-tech engineering with thoughtful place-making.
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This Week in Landscape | 16 December 2012

Links from around world to do with landscape architecture
Landscape architects envision a greener Chinatown | Sara Lewis | Greater Greater Washington
“How could Chinatown be a greener and more livable neighborhood? Designers from the American Society of Landscape Architects and Fuss & O’Neill created a vision for an inter-connected series of green “complete streets,”….”

An Online Tool for Calculating Flood Risk | NY Times
After Hurricane Sandy struck this fall, many home and business owners who had not previously gauged their flood risks turned to the government-run Web site FloodSmart.

Architecture “no longer interested in anything but its own image” | Dezeen
“the way architecture is consumed through websites like Dezeen is “utterly disastrous”, according to UK critic Owen Hatherley”

Building a Better Christmas Tree | Michael Tortorello | NY Times
A SEVEN-FOOT evergreen will bear 350,000 needles, more or less. And if Gary Chastagner has his way this holiday season, precious few of them will end up on the parlor floor.

Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics and Green Economy in Focus During UNEP Meeting with Government of Russia
From continued cooperation on the environmental sustainability of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, to the challenges facing the Arctic, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

QUT 2012 End of Year Exhibition_Landscape Architecture_First Year_Semester 1 from t lenigas on Vimeo.

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