Not all abandoned railroads are destined to be the ‘Highline’

Sioux Falls this week removed a section of abandoned railway bridge so that a new pedestrian bridge can be constructed. Which would left me asking  why wouldn’t you re-use the bridge as the pedestrian/cycle bridge? Apparently the old railway bridge acts as a dam during heavy rains causing  flooding in the area. Its a shame to see the bridge torn down lets hope the salvaged steel ends up in the new pedestrian bridge.

The old railway bridge is set to be replaced by a $284,000 200 feet long and 12 feet wide bridge set to be finished by April. Landscape architecture firm Confluence are involved with the bridge design and landscape design.

Read more at the [Argus Leader]

READING THE LANDSCAPE: On-Line Reading Group Seeking Members

READING THE LANDSCAPE is an on-line reading group dedicated to fostering engaging dialogue about the shaping of our built environment. The inaugural group will begin reading The Landscape Urbanism Reader edited by Charles Waldheim the week of February 21st. The group will include a total of 15 people. Depending on the material selected, the format for the reading group will involve reading a chapter, essay, or article each week with asynchronous on-line discussion regarding it during the following week. The format is intended to make it easier for busy professionals to participate. After each week, one person will summarize the discussion as a blog post for public discussion.

Due to the limited size of the group and the desire to ensure dynamic and multiple perspectives through the inclusion of professionals of diverse backgrounds, the organizers are requesting Letters of Interest from those who would want to participate.

READING THE LANDSCAPE is a collaboration between Damian Holmes founder of the webzine World Landscape Architecture and this website – Land Reader; Jason King, editor of Vegitecture and Landscape + Urbanism, and Brian Phelps, co-founder of sitephocus.com. All are also avid practicing professionals in landscape architecture and urban design.

For more information email me – Damian Holmes or Jason King or Brian Phelps
LETTERS OF INTEREST for READING THE LANDSCAPE is now CLOSED

New Publication: Scapegoat

A recent post by faslanyc we read about Scapegoat – a new journal on landscape, architecture, and political economy. Its available for free download.

Scapegoat is a publication that engages the political economy of architecture and landscape architecture. The figure of the scapegoat carries the burden of the city and its sins.

Signage Guidelines can reduce clutter in the landscape

The image of US 280 in Michael Tomberlin’s post – Birmingham committee revisiting sign rules is very telling of the suburban landscape where signs breed like rabbits and litter the road side with retailers using the mantra ‘the bigger the better’ rather than ‘less is more’. Signage littering the urban landscape is not endemic to just Birmingham or the USA for that matter, all across the globe streetscapes are littered with A-Frames blackboard signs, bus stop advertising and billboards. But do they really urge passers by to go and shop or are they just landmarks to designate the location of the store? I think it is the latter and that all cities should have formulate signage guidelines (many already do) including the number of signs allowed and the size.

Guidelines should also go further to streetscape and city government signage & intepretation. Often towns and city landscapes becomes a minefield of directional, parking and place marking signs that have been added layer by layer by various departments and changes of staff who continually add more signage to the landscape. All cities should at the least evaluate their main streetscapes and see where they can reduce the clutter to provide a clean landscape that is visually easy to navigate and often more pedestrian friendly. Often city signage for an area can be easily amalgamated into one sign(or sign family) such as place marking and area parking restrictions.

Read more about what Birmingham is proposing at [al.com]

Land News 11 Dec 2010 – Waldheim, Cities as brands, Bike Superhighways…

OPINION PIECE: Gadi Amit – ‘American Design Schools Are a Mess, and Produce Weak Graduates’ at Fastco design

EVENT: ‘Dominique Perrault: Urban Landscape’ show at the Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery until Dec 26

VIDEO: Playing in the Street – Smacking The Culture of Fear on the Nose posted by Copenhagenize

COMPETITION: Taichung Gateway Park International Design Competition

JOB: Qatar recently won the World Cup 2022 and needs to design and build the supporting infrastructure. So the call has gone out for Urban Designers. See the job listing for more information

IMAGE GALLERY: 10 Urban Spaces Around the World Reborn as Vibrant Green Parks (Slideshow) [treehugger]

CALL FOR PAPERS: Calls for Presentation Papers for ASLA 2011 Meeting Expo in November 2011 are due January 21

NEW BLOG: Land Perspectives by Alice Webb – owner of EarthDesign Landscape Architecture

BOOK : Topotek 1 Rosemarie Trockel  (AMAZON AFFILIATE LINK)

NEWS FROM THIS WEEK

Charles Waldheim appointed Gardner Museum Announces New Curator Of Landscape [wbur.org]

Dead Coal Mine Pits Grow New Trees Without Human Assistance [Inhabitat]

From the tallest tower to a vibrant urban park, the best architecture of 2010 [Chicago Tribune - Cityscapes blog by Blair Kamin]

Boston Redevelopment Authority pilot program eyes vacant lots for urban farmland [Dorchester Reporter]

Project Orange smokestacks to vanish from Syracuse skyline [syracuse.com]

Cookie-cutter cities don’t make good brands [Global Times]

Copenhagen to Build Bike Superhighway [Bicycling]

UNOPS and Arup partner to strengthen infrastructure capacity [ARUP]

Construction works tea house Leidsche Rijn Park have started [West 8]

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