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.

 

Landscape Institute 2012 Awards Shortlist Announced

Shortlisted | London 2012 Olympic Parklands and Public Realm: LDA Design Consulting LLP with Hargreaves Associates, Arup and Atkins | Image Credit Flickr User interbeat Ed Webster

The Landscape Institute has announced that twenty-five projects and designs are competing for this year’s prestigious President’s Award. Now in their sixth consecutive year, the 2012 Landscape Awards will be presented by Pam Warhurst, co-founder of Incredible Edible and Chair of the Board of the Forestry Commission, at a lunchtime ceremony on Thursday 29th November.

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A High Line for London winners announced

Pop Down | Fletcher Priest Architects

Winner | Pop Down by Fletcher Priest Architects

The Landscape Institute, Mayor of London and Garden Museum has announced Pop Down by Fletcher Priest Architects as the winner of the A High Line for London design competition.
Fletcher Priest Architects designed Pop Down to “create an urban mushroom garden lit by sculptural glass-fibre mushrooms at street level inside the ‘Mail Rail’ tunnels beneath Oxford Street.”

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Landscape Institute President calls on Practices to help out unemployed landscape architects

The financial crisis over the last 4-5 years has been a trying time across the world for the landscape architecture profession with many landscape architects loosing their jobs due to slow downs, firm mergers & consolidations and government budget cuts. Many landscape architects have taken various actions to keep earning an income, but there are many that have few alternatives due to commitments in their towns and cities. The Landscape Institute has realised this after taking a recent survey and found that many Licentiate members are feeling isolated and in need of support.

Sue Illman, President of the Landscape Institute (UK) has called on Registered Practices to offer two-week placements which will include the chance for Licentiates to discuss portfolios, CVs and professional presentation with practitioners, and opportunities to get directly involved in projects or work shadow. Illman hopes that non-registered practices, local authorities and other agencies that employ landscape architects will also step forward. The President’s firm Illman Young is one of the first practices to advertise an opportunity under the scheme.

I find this an inspired scheme by the Landscape Institute to help out new and experienced professionals who need to stay practising to keep their skills sharp. The Landscape Institute is thinking ahead by keeping experienced professionals in the industry. We all hope that the world economies will soon turn and if there is a large loss of new and experienced professionals to other professions, there will be long term ramifications. A loss of professionals will cause a shortage, placing the profession on the back foot as other professions fill the void. I call on other landscape architecture professional organisations (country-wide and regional) to undertake similar schemes to keep landscape architects employed.

For those in the UK you can read more about the scheme at the Landscape Institute. 

A High Line for London competition shortlist announced

A High Line for London competition shortlist announced

Green Arteries | Bell Phillips Architects, Spacehub and AECOM | 1 of 20 shortlisted designs

A High Line for London design competition  launched by the Landscape Institute, Mayor of London and Garden Museum has announced the finalists shortlist of 20 designs selected from over 170 entries. Inspired by the success of New York’s High Line, an urban park which has transcended the commonly accepted role of an urban park, the competition has inspired a shortlist of ideas that range from massive city-wide strategies, like using the empty space on top of buses, trams and trains to create mobile gardens, to small-scale community projects, like miniature urban woodlands in London’s forgotten spaces. The winners will be announced at the Landscape Institute’s Green Infrastructure day.

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UK Landscape Award call for entries

Recently a website was launched for the UK Landscape Award which was created by the European Landscape Convention and helps to implement it in the UK. The winner will become the UK’s entry to the Landscape Award of the Council of Europe (COE) which will be decided by the COE in March 2011. The Award has only been run once before; this is the first time that it has taken place in the UK.

The Award is a great opportunity for organisations (local or regional authority; or a grouping of local or regional authorities; or non-governmental organisation) to showcase their best landscape projects, highlighting their role in making good places and establishing community involvement in the process.

In the UK, the European Landscape Convention is championed by DEFRA, the Welsh Assembly Government, the Scottish Government and the Department of the Environment Northern Ireland. The Landscape Institute has been appointed to manage the UK Award.

Entries close on 27 August 2010. To find our more go to the UK Landscape Award website.

WORLD LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT is not involved with organising or promotion of this Award please address all queries to the contact details at UK Landscape Award.

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Landscape Institute: Knowledge Base goes live

The Landscape Institute in the UK recently launched Knowledge Base – The new online service for LI members offers easy access to technical information.

Knowledge Base brings together technical documents, articles, FAQs and online tools in an easily searchable database. No more fruitless Googling – the Knowledge Base is devoted entirely to technical information for landscape architects.

Covering a wide range of landscape subject areas from contracts and planning, to planting and design, the database will be continually updated with new material.

The Knowledge Base is only for members of the Landscape Institute and available in the members section.

This service is in addition to I want to be a landscape architect a website promoting the profession and also its members social networking site – Talking Landscape

[SOURCE: Landscape Institute]

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