This Week in Landscape | 2 February 2013

Another week in landscape architecture with our selection of links from around the world

Landscape Urbanism…Decoded? | OLIN
“What is landscape urbanism? Is it a method, a practice, or a result? What does this term mean to contemporary practitioners of landscape architecture?”

Landscape Architects: Please Don’t Call Us ‘Architects’ | Sommer Mathis | Atlantic Cities
ASLA goes after Atlantic Cities for spelling Olmsted wrong and calling him an architect. Also stating there is “distinction between landscape architecture and architecture…”

Detroit Mayor Announces Parks and Recreation Closures and Cuts Due to City Council’s Belle Isle Decision | City of Detroit
Detroit Mayor Dave Bing announced that 50 Detroit parks will close this spring and the operation of other City parks and recreation centers will be severely impacted, due to the Detroit City Council’s failure to approve a Belle Isle lease agreement with the State of Michigan.

Iowa State landscape architecture professor receives national planning award | Iowa State University
The American Planning Association is honoring an Iowa State University faculty member with a national award. Christopher J. Seeger, an associate professor of landscape architecture and extension specialist, will receive a 2013 National Planning Achievement Award for Transportation Planning.

Imagining in the Urban Wild | Stephen Plunkard | Stantec is…..
Could an interesting, creative and challenging outdoor experience be an alternative to video games? Would it encourage girls and boys to become planners, designers and engineers?

Global Centre for Ecosystem Management Established by UNEP and China | UNEP
The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) have established a new global centre on ecosystem management in Beijing, which is aimed at promoting ecosystem management in developing countries.

VIDEO | Michael Van Valkenburgh on Landscape Urbanism


Michael Van Valkenburgh explains Landscape Urbanism in a short video to Popular Mechanics as part of Detroit 2025: After the Recession, a City Reimagined

ECLAS 2013 Conference | “SPECIFICS” | Call for Papers

The European Council of Landscape Architecture Schools (ECLAS) will hold its annual Conference in Hamburg from 22 to 25 September 2013. ECLAS has put out the call for papers for the 5 topics – NATURE HAPPENED YESTERDAY, WHO OWNS THE LANDSCAPE?, BEST PRACTICE LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE, LANDSCAPE AND STRUCTURES and EVENTS AND CONVERSION. The conference will be hosted by the Hafen City University Hamburg and is curated and coordinated by the Department of Landscape Architecture, Prof. Christiane Sörensen.

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Delemos | Silgueiros Portugal | JBJC Arquitectura Paisagista

Delemos | Silgueiros Portugal | JBJC Arquitectura Paisagista
The proposed intervention seeks to make the most of the existing landscape in the region, while at the same time surrounding the building with the quality it deserves. The building which covers the land will also be surrounded by vegetation aimed at emphasising the rural nature of the site, using potential and indigenous vegetation.

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Sloping House | Auvergne France | atelier 37.2


Sloping House is a makeshift shelter that clings to the side of an extinct volcano in the Puy de Serveix, in France’s Massif Central. Built from recycled timber by the artists themselves, this sculptural one-person refuge, seems to erupt from the grassy slope, as if the structure’s wooden planks are being flung out of the earth only to reform into the neat lines of an archetypal hut.
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The good life at the sea | Klitmøller Denmark | Preben Skaarup Landscape

Image Credit | Helene Høyer Mikkelsen

The project in Klitmøller is part of a larger plan for ‘The good life at the sea’ in north Jutland. The plan includes projects for Klitmøller, Nørre Vorupør and Krik, all smaller coast and fjord cities. The projects are located at a place in Denmark where you can feel the nature and climate has great power. This has been the premises for inhabiting this place, and the connection to the sea has given the small cities their livelihood in form of fishing. Now the fishing industry is much decreased and the cities are now in a new era with focus on tourism.  One of the great new attractions is windsurfing, and the area is being called cold Hawaii, because of its excellent location for wind and waves.

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WLA #08 Submissions are open

The 07 edition of WLA Landscape Architecture Quarterly Magazine was recently published and the search is on again for great landscape architecture projects for the 08 edition. We have opened submissions for the 08 edition of WLA and we are looking for interesting projects (built and unbuilt) from across the world. We accept submissions from landscape architects (professionals and students), urban designers, landscape designers, architects, artists, and other built environment professionals but all projects must be focused on the landscape.

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