Storm Surge Defense Alternatives | Catherine Seavitt Nordenson

Storm Surge Defense Alternatives proposed by CCNY Professor

Catherine Seavitt Nordenson says environmentally friendly ‘soft infrastructure’ mitigates flood damage without sending harm elsewhere. The flooding caused by Superstorm Sandy prompted calls from New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo and other officials to consider building storm surge barriers to protect Lower Manhattan from future catastrophes. But, such a strategy could make things even worse for outlying areas that were hit hard by the hurricane, City College of New York Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture Catherine Seavitt Nordenson warns.

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VIDEOS | Bridging the Nature-Culture Divide II Conference Proceedings


The Cultural Landscape Foundation has published the video proceedings of their recent conference Bridging the Nature-Culture Divide II. The conference co-sponsored with the Central Park Conservancy examined the critical design and maintenance issues faced at some of the nation’s premiere urban woodlands. Landscape Architecture academics and professionals presented material  Stewardship of Central Park’s Woodlands.

Presenters and Panellists include Christopher Nolan, Charles A. Birnbaum, FASLA, Eric W. Sanderson, Michael Boland, Todd Forrest, Christian Zimmerman, Elizabeth K. Meyer, Keith Bowers, Dennis C. McGlade, and Margie Ruddick. You can watch the full series on youtube

VIDEO CREDIT | The Cultural Landscape Foundation

2013 USA Landscape Architecture School rankings announced

2013 USA Landscape Architecture School rankings announced
Harvard GSD | Gund Hall | Image Credit Flickr User
Peter Alfred Hess

UPDATE |  2014 Design Intelligence rankings are now available

Design Intelligence has announced the 2013 America’s Best Architecture and Design Schools including the top landscape architecture schools in the USA. This is the third year we are sharing the list with our readers. The ranking is determined by surveying respondents selected from lists of undergraduate and graduate landscape architecture programs accredited by the Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board.

LSU and Harvard have maintained their top ranking for Undergraduate and Graduate programs, whilst Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University has risen to second spot for both its Undergraduate and Graduate programs.

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VIDEO | Martha Schwartz at Harvard GSD

Martha Schwartz recently gave a one and half hour presentation at Harvard GSD about her firm’s works and recently published book Recycling Spaces: Curating Urban Evolution: The Work of Martha Schwartz Partners.  Martha Schwartz is Professor in Practice of Landscape Architecture at the GSD. A landscape architect and artist for over 29 years, she teaches a core studio and design studios focusing on artistic expression in the landscape.

VIDEO CREDIT | Harvard GSD

BOOK REVIEW | Ecological Design by Nancy Rottle & Ken Yocom


Ecological design is an integral part of landscape architecture and there is a need to explain the basics to students and those looking for a simple guide. Rottle and Yocom’s book – Basics Landscape Architecture 02: Ecological Design is a great resource for those wishing to get a grasp on the principles and also understand how to implement the basics. The book achieves this by giving an outline of each principle and how these were applied in case studies.
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