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

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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]

LAND Reader launch

Today we launch – LAND Reader – a new website that will provide the latest news,  books, products,  events and other information updates from across the web. LAND Reader will give updates from local to international built environment news to summaries of interesting topics. LAND Reader will be your weekly read for news about landscape architecture.

Why create another website when we have World Landscape Architect? World Landscape Architect has evolved from a blog, posting news articles; to a news website giving the latest design projects in rich images. As we read a vast amount of news daily from across the web and we sort to provide this information via twitter. However, we felt World Landscape Architect readers where missing out so we felt a new web space was needed and the reason for launching LAND Reader . World Landscape Architect is going to change over the coming months and will be moving to new home in 2011.

LAND Reader will be predominately text based so that people from across the world with varying access to the web (dial-up, broadband, mobile) will be able to be informed about landscape architecture. LAND Reader will also look at interesting topics and give a summary of resources so that readers can stay informed and today with the launch of the new site we give our first sample of a topic post with Landscape Urbanism vs New Urbanism.

If you have any tips or news that readers of LAND Reader would be interested in email damian@landreader.com

Landmark on Cebeli Hill, Antalya Turkey

Cebeli Hill - Aerial View
1/1 Landscape + Architecture from Istanbul, Turkey have designed ‘Landmark Project of Cebeli Hill’, with a new program that looks out new requirements and opportunities. The originality of Cebeli Hill is re-interpreted in the construction and silhuette fiction. The design that has the holistic green spaces, ecological solutions and to include local species in the design; contains global protection principles besides monumental structure’s contemporary architectural language.

Continue reading Landmark on Cebeli Hill, Antalya Turkey

Green Room opens in Rotterdam

The “Green Room” is designed by Casanova+Hernandez as part of a series of temporary interventions in the public space of several European cities named “Domestic Monuments”.

The “Green Room” experiments with the role of hybrid interventions (mix of landscape+architecture+sculpture) to activate the urban life of our city centres.

The intervention transforms an anonymous area of the public space of the city into an open room for the citizens that works as a green island characterized by its domestic character and strong identity.
Green Room Diagram - (c)Casanova+Hernandez
Green Room Rotterdam - (c)Casanova+Hernandez
Green Room Rotterdam - (c)Casanova+Hernandez
Green Room Rotterdam - (c)Casanova+Hernandez

IMAGE SOURCE & CREDIT:  Casanova+Hernandez

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