The financial crisis over the last 4-5 years has been a trying time across the world for the landscape architecture profession with many landscape architects loosing their jobs due to slow downs, firm mergers & consolidations and government budget cuts. Many landscape architects have taken various actions to keep earning an income, but there are many that have few alternatives due to commitments in their towns and cities. The Landscape Institute has realised this after taking a recent survey and found that many Licentiate members are feeling isolated and in need of support.
Sue Illman, President of the Landscape Institute (UK) has called on Registered Practices to offer two-week placements which will include the chance for Licentiates to discuss portfolios, CVs and professional presentation with practitioners, and opportunities to get directly involved in projects or work shadow. Illman hopes that non-registered practices, local authorities and other agencies that employ landscape architects will also step forward. The President’s firm Illman Young is one of the first practices to advertise an opportunity under the scheme.
I find this an inspired scheme by the Landscape Institute to help out new and experienced professionals who need to stay practising to keep their skills sharp. The Landscape Institute is thinking ahead by keeping experienced professionals in the industry. We all hope that the world economies will soon turn and if there is a large loss of new and experienced professionals to other professions, there will be long term ramifications. A loss of professionals will cause a shortage, placing the profession on the back foot as other professions fill the void. I call on other landscape architecture professional organisations (country-wide and regional) to undertake similar schemes to keep landscape architects employed.
For those in the UK you can read more about the scheme at the Landscape Institute.
In cooperation with the ministry for public works of Surinam and commissioned by RIKa Suriname a plan for a therapeutic care farm has been developed. The urban plan and visualization of the area were designed by Stijlgroep landscape and urban design.
Continue reading Therapeutic care farm | Chatillon Suriname | Stijlgroep
The London Studio of HASSELL, working with Arup, has been appointed by Tbilisi City Hall to carry out the concept design of the new Tbilisi Zoo on the outskirts of the Georgian capital city. The project will see the existing city centre zoo replaced by a zoological and recreation complex adjacent to the inland lake known as Tbilisi Sea.
Continue reading Tbilisi Zoo | Tbilisi Georgia | HASSELL
Rounding out the week with landscape links from around the world
How can cities be designed for sustainable living? | Caroline Holtum | Guardian
A new interactive exhibition, Our Urban Future, explores the importance of cities in making the world a more sustainable place.
Bloomberg to High Line Haters: Cities Change, Get Over It | Matt Chaban | New York Observer
“Cities that don’t change—if we didn’t change, Central Park would still be a shantytown; if we didn’t embrace new technology or medicines, life expectancies would still be 25 years old,” the mayor said.
UConn’s Great Lawn Remains Central to Campus Identity | UConn Today
The University of Connecticut’s iconic ‘Great Lawn’ was the center of attention on Wednesday at a celebratory event sponsored by the UConn Student Chapter and the Connecticut Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects.
DIY Urbanism Makes Creative Use of Public Spaces | Tod Newcombe | Governing.com
As the economy continues to take big bites out of arts and city planning budgets, this bottom-up approach is changing the look of some cities. Are governments ready to embrace these grassroots ideas?
Project aims to crowdsource what makes a happy city | BBC
A project to crowdsource the most peaceful and happy places in London has been launched by researchers at Cambridge University.
Restoring the ‘urban forest’ | André Coleman | Pasadena Weekly
Councilman Masuda calls for volunteers to help replace trees lost in last year’s windstorm.
Olympic regeneration claims are “bullsh*t,” says Rowan Moore | Dezeen
They say it’s about regeneration, it’s about boosting sporting legacy, it’s about boosting business, it’s sustainable. All these things are absolute…….”
The Office of Urban Transformations Research are calling on renowned international designers and academic institutions from a wide range of disciplines including architects, landscape architects, urban designers, planners, engineers, scientists, entrepreneurs, economists, artists and students to participate in the international design ideas competition titled Transiting Cities – Low Carbon Futures.
Continue reading Transiting Cities International Design Ideas Competition
The project consists of four buildings new buildings and two existing buildings which combine to form a large central courtyard and a series of smaller courtyards. The overall layout demonstrates China’s traditional culture through a strong integration of architecture and site design. The building forms and proportions reflect traditional architectural characteristics and symbols with contemporary colors and sustainable materials. The resulting combination fully embodies the characteristics of internationalization.
Continue reading Shengli Oilfield Conference Center | Donying P.R.C. | Leedscape
Another week of landscape links from around the world
The Big Task of Managing Nature at New York’s Central Park | Charles A. Birnbaum | The Cultural Landscape Foundation
“Central Park faces unprecedented use, along with changing climatic conditions and an onslaught of severe weather events. Additionally, increasing knowledge and proven notions about ecological restoration have added a new dimension to this century-and-a-half long conversation about how we interact with our environment and manage our idealized version of nature.”
Green walls ‘need building code’ to reduce fire hazard
“A SYDNEY landscape architect is pushing for green walls to be regulated under building and fire safety codes after he recently saw one go up in flames at a local bar.”
Urban Forestry for Symbolizing Eco-City | Md. Zahidur Rahman and Saeed Ahmed Siddiquee | Blitz
“Currently, unplanned urbanization resulted ecological imbalances in the city. FAO (2008) pointed out that Dhaka city has 21.57% open space where city parks belong to 0.89% and 0.02% for urban forest, garden for 0.90% and 12.12% for agriculture to meets the ecological balance of the city dwellers.”
African Ministers Adopt Programmes to Boost Sustainable Development, Eye Key Role in Post-Rio+20 Landscape | UNEP
What architects do doesn’t count | Jody Brown | Coffee with an Architect
“Because we don’t design the destination. We design the path.”
Fire-Resistant Plant List for the California Supplemental Exam | CSE for Landscape Architects
“These plants will eventually burn if the fire conditions are hot and dry enough, but they resist ignition better than many other species.”
Exploring the Upper West Side’s Riverside Park South | Curbed NY
“Riverside Park South offers up one of the Manhattan’s best opportunities to consider the city’s past as an industrial hub while considering the future of its waterfront. ”
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