This Week in Landscape | 29 April 2012

This weeks round-up of landscape news from around the web.

On an Urban Heat Island, Zippy Red Oaks | Douglas Main | NY Times
Red oak seedlings in Central Park grow up to eight times faster than their cousins cultivated outside the city, probably because of the urban “heat island” effect…

Michigan prepares to deregulate occupations | Jack Lessenberry | The Windsor Star
After regulating the landscape architecture profession back in 2010, Michigan is looking to deregulate landscape architecture in 2012.

The Landscapes of Region 11′s Built System | Urban Omnibus
A interview with Jim Lau about the recent projects by NYDOT in Region 11

Star architects unveil wild plans for Union Station circa 2050 |  Christopher Hawthorne | LA Times
LA Times architecture critic  Christopher Hawthorne gives a brief summary on the visions for Union Station presented by architects seeking to win the project.

Turning Unused Acres Green | John Leland | NY Times
Looking at how 596 Acres is changing Brooklyn’s unused land.

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Jacaranda Park | Sydney Australia | JMD Design

Jacaranda Park | Sydney Australia | JMD Design

Incidental play opportunities are combined with custom and proprietary elements. ©John Platt

JMD Design were commissioned by Stockland to design document and provide construction quality advice for a feature park within a new subdivision project at Glenmore Ridge, Penrith.  The eastern edge of the new park had been designed and built some ten years ago, hence the name Jacaranda Park. It was decided that the new park should break with the gardenesque image of the eastern half and create a new strong identity to the new suburb dropping away to the west.

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Australian cities need to be more social: Report

The ‘Social Cities’ report recently published by the Grattan Institute shows that whilst Australian cities have paid great attention to making cities more sustainable and productive they have neglected the ‘social’ aspect of cities and the need to create places for social interaction. Single households are on the rise in Australia creating more lonely and isolated Australians, the report outlines the need for design solutions to provide more places for social connection within communities. Social connections and interaction is beneficial to overall mental well-being.

“Social connection is becoming more widely recognised as an important goal in the design of streets and the architecture of  buildings….”

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Kathryn Gustafson awarded the Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize

Gustafson Porter winning design for Valencia Parque Central

Kathryn Gustafson has been awarded the Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize for her contribution to architecture. Kathryn Gustafson, a landscape architect and the founding partner in two offices, Gustafson Guthrie Nichol, in Seattle, and Gustafson Porter, in London. Her award-winning landscapes can be found throughout North America, Europe, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East. Both offices have won numerous competitions and have a wide variety of scale of work from furniture through to master planning.

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This Week in Landscape | 18 March 2012

This weeks round-up of landscape news from around the web

Biologists question viability of St. Petersburg Pier’s Underwater Garden plans | Craig Pittman and Waveney Ann Moore | Tampa Bay Times
“Los Angeles-based designer of the Lens, Michael Maltzan Architecture, contended in an email to the Times that the Underwater Garden “is based on sound principles of estuary restoration and species diversification that have been applied and proven effective throughout Tampa Bay.”

The bioswales of New York: A city plan to make more tree-stands and less sewage runoff | Dan Rosenblum | Capital New York
Dan gives a brief introduction to bioswales in New York and some background to bioswales.

Jakarta to Plan City Through 2025 | Ronna Nirmala | Jakarta Post
Jakarta, one of the largest cities in Asia has announced that it is currently developing a plan for the city through to 2025.

Urban underground planning in Vietnam neglected | Tuoitrenews.com.vn
Master planning in Vietnam is not just limited to the above ground landscape – the underground also needs a masterplan.

Tide waits for no man: The amazing beach artist who starts every day with a new canvas | Rachel Richkard Straus
Artist Andres Amador creates intricate land art works in the sand that are washed away in hours

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