EVENT | Landscape Futures Debate: How can we build beautiful places?

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The Landscape Futures lecture series recently launched by the Landscape Institute aims to stimulate debate about the future of the landscape and explore the major themes affecting how our land is used and managed, and how that use will affect the prosperity and quality of life of all citizens.

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Thames Baths Project | London UK | Studio Octopi

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In 1865, Sir Joseph Bazalgette’s London sewage system was opened. 150 years later the sewers are at the limits of their capacity. In 2012, 57 combined sewer overflows discharged 39 million tonnes of sewage into the River Thames. Over the next 10 years Thames Water is planning major improvements to the London sewer system. These improvements will help protect the Thames from increasing pollution for at least the next 100 years.

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Dutch team wins competition in Reykjavik

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Two Rotterdam based offices jvantspijker and Felixx will design the new redevelopment plan of an industrial seaside area in Reykjavik, Iceland. The firms have won the first prize through an invited two-stage competition. The plan consists of 110.000 square meters of mixed use program, including four hundred new dwellings.

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Call for Submissions | Inflection Journal

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Landscape architecture needs more publications and discourse about the built environment and it is heartening to see that the University of Melbourne School of Design is starting a new student run journal titled Inflection. The editors recently put out the call for submissions for various categories of material. In the inaugural issue to be published in November 2014, the journal’s title will double as a broadly defined theme: the concept of inflection as a lens to magnify and investigate the current state of architecture, design and the built environment. The editors are currently seeking contributions from students, academics and professionals.

Inflection is born from a desire to stimulate debate and generate ideas, it advocates the importance of the printed word and the discursive voice of students, academics and professionals. Founded in 2013, Inflection is a home for provocative writing, a place to share ideas and engage with the exciting time we are living in. Inflection is first and foremost a place to gather and share discourse about the built environment.

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This Week in Landscape | 26 January 2014

WLA’s weekly list of news, information related to landscape architecture

Yale Urban Ecosystem Services Symposium was held this week with the Keynote by NYC Deputy Mayor Caswell Holloway – “How can ecosystem services help build sustainable, resilient cities?” after the keynote there were four panels on Urban Micro-Climate, Green Infrastructure and Stormwater, Coastal Protection, Sea Level Rise, & Hurricanes, The Use and Stewardship of Multifunctional Landscapes. The above video includes the keynote and you can watch the panel discussions on the Yale Urban Ecosystem Services Symposium livestream page.

With University’s Help, New Park on Harlem River Is a Marshland Sanctuary | Lisa W. Foderaro | New York Times
“Called Muscota Marsh, the park was built by Columbia University, in collaboration with the parks department, on an acre of land on the Harlem River near the university’s Baker Field.”

Former NFL player turned landscape designer Eddie George is judge in new reality TV show | Beth Harris | The Republic
Has USA landscape architecture found its Jamie Oliver? “This opportunity presented itself for me not only to show the talents of a landscape architect, but also to be creative,” George said.

Soils: The Measure of Moisture | James Urban | Landscape Architecture Magazine
“Most projects don’t have a soil scientist as a consultant, which leaves landscape architects to make important field decisions during construction. We need to specify soil moisture as part of the process of installing and compacting soils, and managing soil moisture is a critical part of plant establishment afterward.”

Interior Designers of Canada honors Landscape architect Cornelia Hahn Oberlander
On February 20, 2014, Interior Designers of Canada (IDC) and the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) will present landscape architect, Cornelia Hahn Oberlander with the prestigious 2014 IDC/IIDA Leadership Award of Excellence, an award that recognizes outstanding contributions to the design profession.

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