Inquiry announced into flood mitigation and resilience | Landscape Institute
“The All Party Parliamentary Group for Excellence in the Built Environment has announced its 3rd Inquiry. It will look at the problems caused to the UK by flooding and examine the potential for greater mitigation of these problems and significantly improving flood resilience including the potential for adaptation to changing environmental pressures.”
Rock star | Charmaine Chan | South China Morning Post
Zen priest Shunmyo Masuno designs sublime gardens around the world and the man of many hats has brought his concept of minimalist beauty to Sheung Wan.
From bald prairie to urban forest, Calgary’s treescape has come a long way | Richard White | Calgary Herald
“Today, Calgary boasts 445,000 trees in our groomed parks and boulevards, worth an estimated $400 million. The value of individual trees ranges from $300 to $33,000.”
Garden cities are back in vogue, and that’s good for debate about where to build homes | Anthony Alexander | The Conversation
“Today, a renaissance of the Edwardian garden city idea seeks to challenge the piecemeal in-fill of urban centres and former industrial sites, or the slow creep of suburbia via urban extensions.”
Design profile: Q&A with Marcel Wilson of Bionic Landscape Architecture | Jordan Guinn | SFgate.com
“Marcel Wilson, the principal of San Francisco-based Bionic Landscape Architecture, sees every project as a possibility for invention.”
9/11 names to remember are fading away | David Abel | Boston Globe
“A decade after officials inaugurated it in a quiet corner of the Boston Public Garden, the muted memorial to the 206 people with ties to Massachusetts who died in the terrorist attacks appears to be deteriorating.”
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At 93, Cornelia Hahn Oberlander is still one of Canada’s most beloved landscape architects | Sarah Hampson | Globe & Mail
“Over her decades-long career, Hahn Oberlander has overseen some of the most important postwar landscaping projects in North America, including Robson Square in her hometown of Vancouver.”
[Landscape] Architect brings fresh spin to Maggie Daley Park | Chicago Tribune
“Strolling through Maggie Daley Park, stubble on his face and a yellow hard hat covering his graying red hair, Michael Van Valkenburgh paused before the contours of an undulating ice skating loop that will weave through a stand of evergreens.”
Treating Trees as Actual Infrastructure | Leda Marritz | Sustainable Cities Collective
“I asked three people with tons of experience in trees and in urban forestry – who are also frequent contributors to this blog – to pick just five things that would be necessary if we actually treated urban trees and soils (green infrastructure) as seriously as we do pipes, sewers, roads, and more”
Continue reading This Week in Landscape | 27 July 2014
Construction began this week on Phase 2 of the Chicago Riverwalk | Credit ©Sasaki
Chicago Riverwalk Construction Underway | Sasaki
Phase 2 construction for our Chicago Riverwalk project is currently underway between State Street and La Salle Street.
Celebration marks reopening of Pittsburgh’s Mellon Square | Diana Nelson Jones | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Mellon Square reopens after restoration finishes of the plaza originally designed by Landscape architects Simonds and Simonds and architects Mitchell and Ritchey.
Finding Space for the Living at a Memorial | New York Times | Michael Kimmelman
Michael Kimmelman critiques the 9/11 Memorial “The place doesn’t feel like New York. It feels like a swath of the National Mall plunked in downtown Manhattan…”
Sue Illman celebrates ‘exciting two years’ in President’s Review | Landscape Institute
“Sue Illman introduces her President’s Review in the latest issue of Landscape by saying, ‘This has been an exciting two years for the Landscape Institute and also a great period for public appreciation of landscape architecture in general.'”
ReSITE festival is gearing up | Prague Post
On June 19-20, the reSITE festival and professional conference, which will take place in the new spaces of Forum Karlín in Prague, will offer countless possibilities for addressing these phenomena. The organizers have again managed to attract from around the world outstanding speakers who will share their experience not only at the conference, but also in the course of several concurrent workshops.
Sydney needs a plan for future population | SBS
“New figures predict Sydney’s population will be six million by 2031, so action needs to be taken now says Minister for Planning Pru Goward.”
Continue reading This Week In Landscape | 1 June 2014 | News & Upcoming Events
In a competition to find the most imaginative ideas to transform our cities into healthier, more liveable places the Landscape Institute has revealed its top eight ‘Healthy Places’ design ideas. Launched as part of a Healthy Landscapes Symposium at London’s Garden Museum, and following publication of the Landscape Institute’s Public Health and Landscape position statement, all eight competition winners presented their ideas in a fast-paced and exciting session on 30 Apri. Each winner had 5 minutes and fifteen slides to convince the audience that their concept is the best. The audience will then voted for the overall winner.
Continue reading Landscape Institute’s announces Healthy Places competition winners
Discover a Career in Landscape Architecture | Dirt | ASLA
The American Society of Landscape Architects has launched a new Career Discovery web site to help young people explore the profession of landscape architecture.
Life in the Urban Forest | Michelle Sutton | Chronogram.com
“Urban forestry gives us tools to analyze a site and then match the right tree to the particular conditions of that site. It asks, what are the toughest tree species for these stressful conditions? …”
The profession understands the value of landscape but it needs to get its message across and learn to lead | Landscape Institute
“The sixth and last in the current series of Landscape Futures debates acted as a rallying cry for the profession, with both the main speaker and the two respondents calling for the profession to make its voice heard and spread the message of the importance of landscape and the difference that landscape professionals can make.”
Diana Balmori landscapes show how Cleveland could become greener, healthier and more beautiful | Cleveland.com
Cities increasingly are turning to landscape architects to solve big problems with ecological methods and aesthetic sensibilities that lie beyond the scope of other design professions.
Continue reading This Week In Landscape | 13 April 2014
The Farrell Review, a UK industry-wide review of architecture and the built environment, led by Sir Terry Farrell and commissioned by Culture Minister Ed Vaizey, was recently published. The findings have been compiled into a report with 60 recommendations with an emphasis on proactive rather than reactive planning system that needs to be revolutionise to include PLACE (Planning, Landscape, Architecture, Conservation and Engineering) reviews of existing places. The review also calls for urban rooms in towns and cities providing a forum for residents to understand and debate the past, present and future of the place.
The Farrell Review also calls for a reform in architectural training and for architecture and the built environment to be taught as early as possible in schools with alternative routes into architecture to be provide through apprenticeships. Other recommendations include an International Festival of Architecture to be held annually in London to champion the Britain’s considerable strength in architecture, and its success as an export industry.
Continue reading Farrell Review makes recommendations for UK Architecture and the Built Environment
Flooding in York | February 16, 2014
Over the last few months, the UK has seen continual flooding which has seen a great deal of discussion on how to deal with the water management in the UK. Recently, Sue Illman President of the Landscape Institute has sent an open letter to Prime Minister, Rt Hon David Cameron MP. The letter signed by 12 organisations calls for a complete rethink of water management to prevent the effect of water on villages, towns and cities of the England and Wales.
The letter goes on to call for ” an immediate cross departmental conference with DECC, DEFRA, DCLG, the EA and NRW, in a similar manner to that which was convened to address the problem of ash-dieback.”. It also calls for proper exploration of the larger catchment management issues, and how forestry, land management and soft engineered flood alleviation schemes can hold back water in the upper reaches of rivers, and work alongside a dredging programme in the lower reaches.
The letter was also sent to the Rt Hon Owen Paterson MP, Anne McIntosh MP and Lord Smith, chairman of the Environment Agency.
To view the full letter visit http://www.landscapeinstitute.org/PDF/LettertoPrimeMinisterFeb14.pdf
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