Landscape Institute President | “…water should be a priority…”

London Wetlands Park | Image Flickr User amandabhslater

Sue Illman, President of the Landscape Institute, wants the UK’s water supply chain to become more sustainable with priority given to all elements of the water cycle when designing and developing new places. Illman will speak this week at Ecobuild about water sensitive design – a fully integrated solution to flooding, droughts and water quality, the  multi-faceted benefits of sustainable drainage and a green infrastructure approach to development.

“It’s time we started to see water as a potential resource – rather than something to be hidden away underground.  Elsewhere in the world a mixed green, grey and blue infrastructure is being adopted.  In February the White House committed the US to taking a GI approach after some years monitoring its effectiveness, and in Melbourne, Australia the City is introducing legislation to ensure it owns all of the rain falling on the City as part of their Water Sensitive approach, as it sees it as a valuable resource.” – Sue Illman, President of the Landscape Institute

IMAGE CREDIT | Flickr User amandabhslater – Amanda Slater

New London Landscape website launched

The Landscape Institute has launched a new website – New London Landscape. The website was inspired by the Highline for London design competition and is a showcase of green infrastructure ideas for the capital. New London Landscape allows visitors to explore the 100 previously unseen designs from the recent ‘High Line for London’ competition. The showcase offers a critique of the capital’s existing green infrastructure and suggests a 100 possible futures. The website maps each of the projects and also gives a details of each project. Users can also browse through the projects by category including bio-diversity, connectivity, new parks, lost rivers, transport, urban greening and water.

More information at  New London Landscape.

This Week in Landscape | 27 January 2013

Kew Gardens | Image Credit | Flickr User Jim Linwood

Kew Gardens | Image Credit | Flickr User Jim Linwood

The Garden in Winter | Michael Tortorello | NY Times
“…..most of the plants I could see in the home garden area at the botanical garden were not struggling to stave off death. They were comfortably dormant.”

Fields of The Moon | Alex Trevi | Venue
Venue made a detour on our exit out of Flagstaff, Arizona, to visit the old black cinder fields of an extinct volcano—where, incredibly, NASA and its Apollo astronauts once practiced their, at the time, forthcoming landing on the moon.

Energy Drink |  | Allison Maier, The New York World | Urban Omnibus 
“The city’s watershed includes 19 reservoirs, three lakes, 7,000 miles of water pipes, tunnels and aqueducts, and 7,400 miles of sewer lines — and perhaps many megawatts of untapped energy…”

Death of John Hopkins announced | Landscape Institute
“The Landscape Institute has learnt the sad news of the death of John Hopkins, project director for the parklands and public realm for the Olympic Delivery Authority.”

Laurie Olin Remembers Ada Louise Huxtable, Champion of Urban Design | OLIN
“Ada Louise Huxtable was a formidable figure, one whose writing and commentary was always informed, thoughtful, and delivered without the jargon that so often plagues architecture and art criticism. ”

How Will the Lowline Make the Leap From Idea to Reality? | Jessica Dailey | Curbed
“Because the Lowline is such an unusual and innovative idea, some people assume that the creators are oblivious to what the community wants. But Barasch stressed the fact that they have been reaching out to all community groups and businesses…..”

IMAGE CREDIT |  Flickr User Jim Linwood 

Vauxhall the Missing Link Competition

RIBA Competitions are delighted to announce the launch of a new international design competition for Vauxhall on London’s South Bank. Vauxhall is at the heart of a huge new Area of Opportunity and Vauxhall One, the Business Improvement District (BID) for Vauxhall, are seeking design ideas to improve and enhance the public realm, providing the ‘Missing Link’ between the New US Embassy Quarter and the cultural offering of London’s South Bank.

Continue reading Vauxhall the Missing Link Competition

JUST ARRIVED | Landscape

Just arrived in the WLA mailbox is the Autumn edition of Landscape – The Journal of the Landscape Institute. This edition covers the Landscape Institute Awards 2012 and also a few interesting articles about 2016 Olympics Rio masterplan, Remaking Cities and the Highline for London Competition. The section I enjoyed reading was Debate – Should landscape architects be activists?. Landscape is published quarterly by the Landscape Institute.

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.

This Week in Landscape | 25 November 2012

Landscape links from around the world during this week

Noble but different professions | Letter to the Editor | Washington Post
Referring to a landscape architect as a “landscaper” is akin to calling an architect a carpenter. Both are noble professions, but they’re not the same.

Dieback ‘not necessarily the end’ for Britain’s native ash trees | Landscape Institute
The government admits that it needs to improve biosecurity including import controls, and generate more public engagement in helping diagnose and tackle disease through “citizen science” projects such as the AshTag app.

Are urban environments best for an ageing population? | Tim Smedley | Guardian
For an ageing society to function there needs to be a movement back to the cities

Swallowing Rain Forest, Cities Surge in Amazon | Simon Romero | New York Times
The torrid expansion of rain forest cities is visible in places like Parauapebas, which has changed in a generation from an obscure frontier settlement with gold miners and gunfights to a sprawling urban area with an air-conditioned shopping mall……

Architecture Billings Index Positive for Third Straight Month
Billings at architecture firms accelerated to their strongest pace of growth since December 2010.

Some Parks Still Closed from Sandy Damage | 4 New York
The Parks Department says 88 percent of parks have reopened and that they have made a lot of progress, but there are some parks citywide that are still closed. RELATED: Check out NYC Parks Notices for latest park closure notices.


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