This weeks round-up of landscape news from around the web.
On an Urban Heat Island, Zippy Red Oaks | Douglas Main | NY Times
Red oak seedlings in Central Park grow up to eight times faster than their cousins cultivated outside the city, probably because of the urban “heat island” effect…
Michigan prepares to deregulate occupations | Jack Lessenberry | The Windsor Star
After regulating the landscape architecture profession back in 2010, Michigan is looking to deregulate landscape architecture in 2012.
The Landscapes of Region 11′s Built System | Urban Omnibus
A interview with Jim Lau about the recent projects by NYDOT in Region 11
Star architects unveil wild plans for Union Station circa 2050 | Christopher Hawthorne | LA Times
LA Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne gives a brief summary on the visions for Union Station presented by architects seeking to win the project.
Turning Unused Acres Green | John Leland | NY Times
Looking at how 596 Acres is changing Brooklyn’s unused land.
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I just got my hands on ‘Dirt’, a new book from PennDesign that is collection on interesting and thought-provocating essays, conversations and images. The books introduction begins with ‘Dirt comes from a position at the intersection of landscape and architecture and presents a selection of work that shares dirty attitudes….’. The book is layered in five chapters Story Lines (Narratives of all kinds), Fertile Minds (brillant projects that do not follow straight lines), Process Work (Elegant and useful things born from the complex), Active Agents (systems & organisation frameworks), Rich Ground (various projects rising from the dirt). The essay material is from various landscape architects, theorists and writers from around the world.
Continue reading First Look: ‘Dirt’ edited by Megan Born, Helene Furján, Lily Jencks with Phillip M. Crosby
Back in November last year The Cultural Landscape Foundation held the Second Wave of Modernism II: Landscape Complexity and Transformation Conference at MoMA in New York. Various landscape architects and urbanists such as James Corner, Michael Van Valkenburgh, Raymond Jungles, Kathryn Gustafson, Gary Hilderbrand and many more gave lectures on Transformations of Residential and Metropolitan spaces. Now the videos of the lectures have been published with over 4 hours of interesting videos about the transforming the urban environments that we live, design, create and manage everyday. Each Video is approximately 20-25 minutes long so you can watch each one individually or cue the whole set.
Continue reading Second Wave of Modernism II Conference: VIDEOS
This weeks round-up of landscape news and views from around the web
Times and Tides Weigh on Hudson River Park (Hudson River Park Faces New Challenges) | CHARLES V. BAGLI and LISA W. FODERARO | New York Times
Hudson River Park stretches along the Manhattan waterfront from Battery Place to 59th Street and has changed the West Side of Manhattan by drawing development money into the area. Funding is starting to dry up as the recession has bitten hard into the city coffers just when the money is needed to develop the revenue raising commercial piers.
North Grant Park plans offer reasons for excitement, concern | Blair Kamin | Chicago Tribune
Kamin looks into what happened to plans for the Children’s Museum and the implications of the new design for the park by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates.
You’ve Heard About Slow Food. What We Really Need Is Slow Design | MICHAEL BARDIN | Fast Company Design
Micheal Bardin of PERKINS+WILL looks at why now is the time to change the way we heat and cool buildings.
Architecture that re-imagines the world | CNN
Bjarke Ingels is creative and passionate about architecture on CNN.
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Stretching along Manhattan’s west side, Riverside Park South is an urban miracle on the Hudson and the last link in Manhattan’s west side greenway. Its creation involved working with local and state government agencies, community groups, stakeholders and the client to create a vibrant new public space that reintroduced the community to the water’s edge and responded to the unique industrial history and riparian ecology of the site.
Continue reading Riverside Park South Waterfront | New York USA | Thomas Balsley Associates