This Week in Landscape | 20 May 2012

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

Olympic meadow winners | Tom Stuart-Smith | FT.com
With colourful fields designed by two Sheffield academics, the Olympic Park is on track to be the top garden opening this year
RELATED: When does a landscape stop being a garden? | Damian Holmes | LAND Reader

Minneapolis Tussles Over a Faded Plaza |  Kathryn Shattuck  | New York Times 
But things have changed. These days two of the plaza’s three fountains no longer work, their pumps and lines not easily replaceable.
RELATED:  M. Paul Friedberg Creates New Concept for Peavey Plaza | The Cultural Landscape Foundation

83 Days at Turenscape |Dimitria Theocari | The ISSUE: Collective
“Walking in Turenscape in Beijing for the first time, I encountered the mission statement of the company (above). Little did I know at the time about the effect that these words would have in my understanding of landscape.”

Neglected, Rotting Trees Turn Deadly | William Glaberson and Lisa W. Foderaro | New York Times
At the center of many of the cases is a simple question: how much responsibility does the city have for protecting people who pass beneath its graceful elms, oaks and maples?

City approves controversial sculpture for Counterbalance Park | Michael Harthorne | Queen Anne Komo
Against the wishes of family and admirers of a renowned landscape architect Robert Murase and a handful of Queen Anne residents, Seattle Parks and Recreation will oversee the installation of a new five-stone sculpture in Counterbalance Park.

Pedestrian-Friendly Cities | Jon Walton | Construction Digital
Move over, motorized vehicles – city planning refocuses on bipedal infrastructure and design

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Inaugural A.E. Bye landscape architecture fellow announced

Penn State has announced that Thaïsa Way, Ph.D., ASLA, is the inaugural A.E. Bye / Landscape Architecture Archives Research Fellow for Penn State’s Department of Landscape Architecture, Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture.

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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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Karen M’Closkey and Ross Benjamin Altheimer win Rome Prize

The American Academy in Rome announced the winners of the 116th annual Rome Prize Competition. Karen M’Closkey,  co-founder of PEG office of landscape + architecture and Ross Benjamin Altheimer, Landscape Architecture Studio Leader at Hammel Green and Abrahamson have won the Rome Prize for Landscape Architecture. Recipients of the 2012-2013 Rome Prizes are provided with a fellowship that includes a stipend, a study or studio, and room and board for a period of six months to two years in Rome, Italy.

SWA gives a ‘light touch’ to the 2018 Winter Olympics

SWA gives a 'light touch' to 2018 Winter Olympics

The landscape architecture and site planning for the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics, maximizes the existing Alpensia sports park in a compact, "light touch" design by SWA. Image courtesy SWA.

SWA is the international planner and landscape architect for the design-build team, led by Taeyoung, that created the facilities at the heart of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics. “The master planning was driven by the desire to use a ‘light touch’ while creating exciting, highest-quality competition venues,” said Marco Esposito, a principal who led SWA’s team. “To create attractive, high quality facilities while maintaining the natural beauty of this hilly forested site, the design team pursued a compact, walkable development pattern, minimal grading, and extensive reforestation and waterway restoration.”

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