This Week In Landscape | 18 August 2013

A weekly summary of links from around the world to keep you informed about the latest news in landscape architecture

How urban scars are being remade into vibrant, vital playgrounds | Alex Bozikovic | Globe & Mail
“One of the mistakes of the late 20th century was to think of parks as an escape from the city,” says Michael Van Valkenburgh, the landscape architect whose office is designing Corktown Common. “I think it’s very different to think of a park as an essential piece of the city, as opposed to ‘not urban.’”

Q&A: Kim Mathews and Signe Nielsen | Susan S. Szenasy| Metropolis Magazine
“Here the principals of the New York firm, Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects, Kim Mathews, RLA, ASLA and Signe Nielsen, RLA, FASLA, talk about the evolution of their profession, their commitment to teaching, writing, lecturing, their research-informed work, as well as the new appreciation of design in the public realm.”

He beautifies an already beautiful San Diego | Nina Garin | UT San Diego
“Landscape architect Glen Schmidt is responsible for some of the county’s best outdoor spaces”

Can you see the landscape architecture for the trees? | Christopher Vollan | Rize
Landscape architecture, at its best, is much more than the arrangement of greenery, furniture and lawn. Like building architecture, it requires deep knowledge of site history and characteristics balanced with future intentions. As a reflection of our high aspirations in this regard, @MtPleasant2016 is proud to have engaged PWL Landscape architects…”

ASLA survey shows uneven economic picture for Landscape Architecture firms | ASLA
Landscape architecture firms are experiencing sluggish but steady growth as they emerge from the recession, according to the American Society of Landscape Architects’ second quarter 2013 Business Quarterly survey.

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10 teams selected for Rebuild by Design competition

Back in June the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force in collaboration with others launched  Rebuild by Design to promote resilience for Sandy-affected regions.   Rebuild by Design  is a multi-stage regional design competition that will develop innovative projects to protect and enhance Sandy-affected communities.

Recently, the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force announced that 10 teams have been selected for Stage 2 of the design competition. Over 140 potential teams from more than 15 countries submitted proposals, representing the top engineering, architecture, design, landscape architecture and planning firms as well as research institutes and universities worldwide. The ten Design Teams will participate in an intense eight-month process broken into two distinct stages: analysis and design.

The ten teams includes some well known design firms and academic institutions who have experience in design competitions and implementing urban design projects. Landscape Architecture firms are well represented with some larger and smalle firms represented. The 10 teams include:

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This Week In Landscape | 30 June 2013

Your weekly landscape links from around the world….

“Lines in Four Directions in Flowers” Recognized by the Public Art Network | OLIN
“It’s been just over one year since Lines in Four Directions in Flowers opened to the public on the west lawn of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.”

Mohsen Mostafavi: an ethical future | Harvard GSD
“He was in Bangalore earlier this month to give a talk about his concept of “ecological urbanism.” Read an interview he gave to theTimes of India.”

Manufactured Landscapes | Dora Sapunar | Metropolis Magazine
“Of the many associations we link to Le Corbusier, his connection with landscape is probably not the first one that comes to mind. ”

Eight Imaginative Projects Reusing Infrastructure in Cities | This Big City
New exhibition launched this week by the Boston Society of Architects called Reprogramming the City: Opportunities for Urban Infrastructure.

Rediscovering nature | Jerasulem Post
After 16 years of campaigning, the once derelict piece of public land is now a lively green oasis. As far back as 2000, the then mayor of Tel Aviv promised to set aside the land for a park, but progress was slow.

Want to Be a Creative Leader? Look to the Garden | Tim Brown CEO at IDEO | Linkedin
“Over the years, I’ve given a lot of thought to what gardening, design, and creative leadership have in common.”

Citi Bike Is Changing My Life. How Will It Change New York? | Dan Frommer | Linkedin
“Citi Bike has already changed my life. I’ve now lived here for almost 8 years, and after riding zero blocks on bikes the entire time I’d been here, I’ve now travelled 53 miles on Citi Bikes over the past month….”

How To Decide What Ideas To Prototype | Jake Knapp | Fast Co Design
“At this point in a design sprint, you’ve got a lot of ideas down on paper. You’ve explored the problem, generated a ton of solutions, and looked around at how other companies are solving similar problems.”

Urban Agriculture: 8 Landscape Architecture Firms Leading the Way | Abbagail Taddei | Land 8
“There are few landscape architecture firms today that can say Urban Agriculture Design is on their shortlist of services offered.”

Landscaping to Attract Birds: How to Keep our Feathered Friends Plump and Happy | Sublime Garden Design
“Whether you have a 2 acre parcel of land or a 3000 sq foot lot, any garden can be planted to attract and feed birds.”

Creating a vertical garden | Marissa  Hermanson | Richmond Magazine
“Whether you’re tight on gardening space or are just looking to create a planting arrangement that is visually unique, vertical gardens are a quirky, fun way to display your verdant friends.”

VIDEO | Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park: a Landscape Legacy

As we enter December and start to look back at landscape architecture projects of 2012, there is one project that stands out – The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. A park that involved numerous landscape architecture firms and allied professionals. The Landscape Institute recently published a short video – The Olympic Park: a Landscape Legacy produced by Room60. The video shows the transformational power of landscape and how various landscape architects can join together as a team.

20 firms invited for Phase 1 of Fort Mason Center Revisited

Fort Mason Center has announced the 20 firms invited for Phase 1 of the  FORT MASON CENTER REVISITED design competition. In Phase 1 requires the firms to submit a Statement of Interest and the teams qualifications. Phase 2 will include three finalists selected to develop concepts for the Pier One(currently storage), the Public Realm and improving connections to the San Francisco Bay and Golden Gate National Recreation. The 20 invited firms with several landscape architecture firms selected for Phase 1 including:  ! Melk, Conger Moss Guillard (CMG), Hood Design, James Corner Field Operations (JCFO), Sasaki Associates, SWA Group, West 8 New York.
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