This weeks landscape links from around the world
At Mouth of Holland Tunnel, a Vision for an Unlikely Oasis | Matt Flegenheimer | NY Times
New Yorkers might look back in wonder at an age when they could not yet take a seat, cozy up with a good book and a cup of coffee, and pass an afternoon beside the exhaust-choked mouth of the Holland Tunnel.
Does It Matter What You Call It? Landscape Urbanism in ‘Scape 2012 | Sarah Kathleen Peck | Landscape Urbanism
“It doesn’t matter what you call it–the larger effort to engage landscape ideas and landscape thinking in broad discourse is what the larger disciplines of landscape, urbanism, planning and architecture need.”
As A City Remakes Itself, Putting Forward A Quietly Radical Plan | Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan | Fast Co. Design
It’s a familiar refrain throughout America’s emerging urban corridors: We need to rezone. We need to densify pre-existing residential neighborhoods, and rid ourselves of antiquated zoning laws….
Olmsted Scholar Feature: Landscape Architects and the Microbrewery Renaissance | Lee Streitz | Landscape Architecture Foundation Blog
The renaissance of microbreweries is under way. In the last thirty years, there has been a 1700% increase in the number of independent breweries in the United States. Similar to when the number of wineries and vineyards increased dramatically in the late 1990s….
Making a Man Into a Monument | Julia Flynn Siler | NY Times
Ms. Fisher, who is 61, envisioned visitors to the memorial encountering a massive “mountain of despair,” and then walking through a removed slice of that mountain to reach a “stone of hope.”
This project was an opportunity to bring together the laying out of a long linear landscape that crosses different, well defined, territories, and a more universal reflection on the reading of the landscape through a strong and structuring element like the Berry Canal. It is a reading of the landscape that allows one to take the step back that is indispensable for this type of project, and facilitates a fine approach to places and their dynamics, in order to make them explicit and therefore identifiable by the public.
Continue reading Banks of Berry Channel | Cher France | TN PLUS
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…….”