Recently, World Landscape Architecture surveyed its readers about their confidence going into 2014. And the results are in – with readers confident about the year ahead with 40.98% stating they are Confident and 12.7% seemly Very Confident about 2014; 40.98% of responders feel the 2014 outlook was OK, 11.07% Not Confident and 4.51% Very Cautious. A similar story was told when ask how their companies performed in 2013 with 34.71% G00d and 13.22% Beyond Expectations and 38.43% As Expected. Some didn’t see their companies perform that well in 2013 with 9.5% Poor and 4.13% Very Poor.
On the Hiring front in seems many small and large firms are hiring only 1-3 new hires in 2014. 45.61% are hiring 1-3 people, 10.4% 3-5 people, 6.28% hiring 5-10, 2.51% looking for 10-20 and 3.35% looking for over 20 new hires (mostly in nursery trade). Sadly, 32.2% of respondents stated that there companies won’t be hiring in 2014.
Most firms are expecting to see growth in Residential(28.26%), Government(27.39%) and Commercial(17.83%) work with smaller growth expected in Education(7.83%), Infrastructure(9.57%), Industrial(3.48%), and Environmental(5.65%) work.
The full report with breakdown by country, industry, management level and which type of firms are confident and hiring in 2014 will be published in the 12th edition of WLA Magazine due out February 18.
After ice storm exacts unprecedented damage to Toronto’s urban forest, question remains on what to do with the broken trees | Peter Kuitenbrouwer | National Post
“Never in Toronto’s history has a storm exacted such a toll on our forest. Still, does it make sense to grind all these trees up for mulch? Many in the city’s forestry sector, which employs 25,000 people, are pleading for a more creative approach to reusing one of Canada’s most famous and historic resources: our trees.”
How Weʼve Abandoned Dan Kiley | Tom Bamberger | urban milwaukee
“Why isn’t the grass of a master landscape designer given the same care as an above average suburban lawn? Plunking the Lake Festival of Arts on top of the Kiley every June has something to do with it. In September tents were set up for some other festival.”
World’s smallest water lily stolen from Kew Gardens | Guardian
“A Nymphaea thermarum, the smallest water lily in the world and extinct in the wild, is believed to have been stolen between 8.30am and 2.55pm last Thursday at the Princess of Wales Conservatory ”
Could prison gardening schemes be the key to rehabilitation? | Emma Inglis | The Telegraph
“The gardens at Dartmoor prison are the exemplar of a successful horticultural rehabilitation project. In 2006, prison officer Ivan Judd had an idea to transform the disused exercise yards of the old punishment unit into vegetable gardens to be tended by inmates in the resettlement wing.”
Blogging Praxis/Practice | Praxis in Landscape Architecture
“This winter and spring, I will be posting a series on two projects I’m working on – a public health/neighborhood environment survey that I am very excited about and a studio class that I am teaching.”
Continue reading This Week in Landscape | 19 January 2014
The University of Pennyslvania celebrated 100 years of its landscape architecture program with a gathering of past alumni and friends in Boston last Friday night. The celebration not only looked to the past but providing a look into the future. The display included a graphic timeline that began with the current landscape program and then reached back into the past when the program begun. Continue reading University of Pennsylvania celebrates 100 years of landscape architecture
Penn State Arboretum (Flickr User:Cuizoo)
Its that time of year when Design Intelligence releases their annual rankings for the best design schools in North America. The rankings rate the design schools through surveying practitioners on which school they think is the best based on their hirings over the past 5 year. This year there has been a change in the top ranked Undergraduate coursea with Penn State overtaking LSU for 1st position; Harvard continues to dominate the Graduate courses ranking by maintaining their No.1 ranking. LSU has maintained its 3rd on the graduate course rankings with KSU rising to 2nd ranking from its 11th ranking in 2013.
The schools are also ranked based on region (Midwest, East, West and South), communication, design, computer applications, research & theory, teamwork and sustainable design practices. The rankings not only review how employers rank each course, but there is also Deans rankings, student rankings and also a summary for each design school in the guide.
Continue reading 2014 Landscape Architecture School Rankings
Earlier this year it is announced at the Onassis Cultural Centre in Athens that the OKRA team of OKRA in collaboration with Mixst urbanism and Wageningen University, had won the prestigious competition ReThink Athens, towards a new city centre. The team is supported by the Greek Architects of Studio 75 and Werner Sobek Green Technologies. The event took place in presence of the President of the Onassis Foundation, Mr. Anthony Papadimitriou, the Prime Minister of Greece, Mr. Antonis Samaras, the Mayor of Athens, Mr. Georgios Kaminis, and many high officials.
Continue reading ReThink Athens | OKRA