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
Situated between the banks of Chongqing’s Qing Nian Reservoir and the Palm Spring Geological Park Lake; the floating Islands of Palm Island form a new hospitality precinct within the Palm Springs International Garden. The precinct comprises five buildings (the ‘islands’) collectively housing five restaurants and a teahouse, which have been unified with the surrounding landscape through the creation of a dramatic water courtyard.
Continue reading Palm Island | Chongqing China | HASSELL
Kallang River Bishan Park | Singapore | Atelier Dreiseitl
Unhappy? Move Near A Park | Shaunacy Ferro | Fast Co. Design
“Moving to more verdant sections of a city, for example, can produce long-lasting mental health benefits, according to a recent study from the American Chemical Society’s Environmental Science & Technology journal. ”
London’s enduring South Bank problem | Rupert Christiansen | Telegraph
“….more radically subversive thought that the QEH and Hayward have become surplus to requirements, and that everyone might ultimately be happier if a friendly bomb were dropped and the hole used for what the South Bank really needs – a piazza or park which could oxygenate an area already over-stuffed with culture.”
Interview with Marion Pressley on Designing with History | J. Green | The Dirt
“One of the hard parts about going into preservation is that most of our academic institutions don’t really teach you enough landscape architectural history to make you an authority on even American landscapes. Forget about European or Asian or any place else.”
Urban problems: ‘With elasticity of space, let cities find their own solutions’ | Atika Rehman | Express Tribune
“We have many cities that will soon become 100 million-people cities, and urban planners and designers can make a big difference to how things evolve in these municipalities.” – Rahul Mehrotra
Redesigning City Streets with a Mobile Phone | Jessica Lowry | GOOD
Key to the Street is a cloud-based service that allows anyone with a mobile device to participate in the design of public spaces.
Continue reading This Week in Landscape | 12 January 2014
The parking field with tetrahedrons that evoke memories of anti-tank barricades. Parklaan under the instruction of Nieuwe Hollandse Waterlinie project office (New Dutch Waterline) and the Province of Utrecht creatively designed the main entrance of the New Dutch Waterline National Centre (and Limes). The most important challenge was to design a car park for 250 cars and a pedestrain access to Fort Vechten. The design was made in cooperation with the visual artist Paul de Kort.
Continue reading New Dutch Waterline National Centre | Bunnik Netherlands | Parklaan
The Kenneth Hunt Garden is located at the Clayton Campus of Monash University, Melbourne. Monash University and the Department of Engineering commissioned the redesign of this enclosed courtyard following the removal of a central building. The garden was a major renovation of an existing mixed Australian modernist and English style courtyard garden.
Continue reading Kenneth Hunt Garden | Clayton Australia | ASPECT Studios