This Week In Landscape | 1 September 2013

Another week of landscape links from around the world. Send your news, links and events to


Infrared Image New York | Image Credit Nickolay Lamm @

Infrared Photos Reveal the Brutal Urban Heatscape | Wired  When summer temperatures rise to uncomfortable levels, cities take a bigger beating than the rest of the landscape. This urban heat effect is especially brutal in big, dense, concrete-dominated cities like New York.

Local landscape architect calls for improved landscape quality | James Qualtrough | Isle News
“‘It’s never been more important to plant trees in gardens, streets and parks. We need to introduce better planning and management of our green areas to encourage more people to take action.”

Native plants are a priority | Rebecca Trigger | The West Australian
Landscape architects are looking to native species as they manage restricted water access in a drying climate.

Delhi’s upcoming park to rival New York’s Central Park | The Economic Times
“In a tangle of forgotten, overgrown brush in the heart of India’s capital, a quiet plan has been hatched to change the landscape of one of the world’s most populous cities.An intricate Mughal garden is being created.”

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This Week In Landscape | 18 August 2013

A weekly summary of links from around the world to keep you informed about the latest news in landscape architecture

How urban scars are being remade into vibrant, vital playgrounds | Alex Bozikovic | Globe & Mail
“One of the mistakes of the late 20th century was to think of parks as an escape from the city,” says Michael Van Valkenburgh, the landscape architect whose office is designing Corktown Common. “I think it’s very different to think of a park as an essential piece of the city, as opposed to ‘not urban.’”

Q&A: Kim Mathews and Signe Nielsen | Susan S. Szenasy| Metropolis Magazine
“Here the principals of the New York firm, Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects, Kim Mathews, RLA, ASLA and Signe Nielsen, RLA, FASLA, talk about the evolution of their profession, their commitment to teaching, writing, lecturing, their research-informed work, as well as the new appreciation of design in the public realm.”

He beautifies an already beautiful San Diego | Nina Garin | UT San Diego
“Landscape architect Glen Schmidt is responsible for some of the county’s best outdoor spaces”

Can you see the landscape architecture for the trees? | Christopher Vollan | Rize
Landscape architecture, at its best, is much more than the arrangement of greenery, furniture and lawn. Like building architecture, it requires deep knowledge of site history and characteristics balanced with future intentions. As a reflection of our high aspirations in this regard, @MtPleasant2016 is proud to have engaged PWL Landscape architects…”

ASLA survey shows uneven economic picture for Landscape Architecture firms | ASLA
Landscape architecture firms are experiencing sluggish but steady growth as they emerge from the recession, according to the American Society of Landscape Architects’ second quarter 2013 Business Quarterly survey.

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This Week In Landscape | 30 June 2013

Your weekly landscape links from around the world….

“Lines in Four Directions in Flowers” Recognized by the Public Art Network | OLIN
“It’s been just over one year since Lines in Four Directions in Flowers opened to the public on the west lawn of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.”

Mohsen Mostafavi: an ethical future | Harvard GSD
“He was in Bangalore earlier this month to give a talk about his concept of “ecological urbanism.” Read an interview he gave to theTimes of India.”

Manufactured Landscapes | Dora Sapunar | Metropolis Magazine
“Of the many associations we link to Le Corbusier, his connection with landscape is probably not the first one that comes to mind. ”

Eight Imaginative Projects Reusing Infrastructure in Cities | This Big City
New exhibition launched this week by the Boston Society of Architects called Reprogramming the City: Opportunities for Urban Infrastructure.

Rediscovering nature | Jerasulem Post
After 16 years of campaigning, the once derelict piece of public land is now a lively green oasis. As far back as 2000, the then mayor of Tel Aviv promised to set aside the land for a park, but progress was slow.

Want to Be a Creative Leader? Look to the Garden | Tim Brown CEO at IDEO | Linkedin
“Over the years, I’ve given a lot of thought to what gardening, design, and creative leadership have in common.”

Citi Bike Is Changing My Life. How Will It Change New York? | Dan Frommer | Linkedin
“Citi Bike has already changed my life. I’ve now lived here for almost 8 years, and after riding zero blocks on bikes the entire time I’d been here, I’ve now travelled 53 miles on Citi Bikes over the past month….”

How To Decide What Ideas To Prototype | Jake Knapp | Fast Co Design
“At this point in a design sprint, you’ve got a lot of ideas down on paper. You’ve explored the problem, generated a ton of solutions, and looked around at how other companies are solving similar problems.”

Urban Agriculture: 8 Landscape Architecture Firms Leading the Way | Abbagail Taddei | Land 8
“There are few landscape architecture firms today that can say Urban Agriculture Design is on their shortlist of services offered.”

Landscaping to Attract Birds: How to Keep our Feathered Friends Plump and Happy | Sublime Garden Design
“Whether you have a 2 acre parcel of land or a 3000 sq foot lot, any garden can be planted to attract and feed birds.”

Creating a vertical garden | Marissa  Hermanson | Richmond Magazine
“Whether you’re tight on gardening space or are just looking to create a planting arrangement that is visually unique, vertical gardens are a quirky, fun way to display your verdant friends.”

This Week In Landscape | 23 June 2013

On Sunday, the 16th June in the Heidelberg Friedrich-Ebert-Platz over 2,500 homemade napkins trees were planted in the plaza for Plant Trees Not Wars - a crowdfunded initiative to plant vegetables on Heidelberg green spaces that can be harvested.

On Sunday, the 16th June in the Heidelberg Friedrich-Ebert-Platz over 2,500 homemade napkins trees were planted in the plaza for Plant Trees Not Wars – a crowdfunded initiative to plant vegetables on Heidelberg green spaces that can be harvested.

Studio Report: Flux City | Chris Reed | Urban Omnibus 
“The studio site was Jamaica Bay, an ecologically rich habitat containing many marshy islands, surrounded by highly developed residential and industrial areas including JFK airport, Floyd Bennett Field, and neighborhoods like Marine Park.”

Designed for Democracy: When Public Goes Private a Park Loses Its Heart | Charles A. Birnbaum | Huffington Post
“Nationally, in the wake of urban growth and renewal, there is considerable debate about whether public parks and open space should be given away or sold to for-profit enterprises.”

From Cargo to Kayaks: New York City’s Piers Then and Now | Hana R. Alberts | Curbed NY
“Today, what’s left ranges from decayed remnants of stumpy pilings to completely renovated complexes—think Chelsea Piers”

Low-allergy Landscapes | Johanna Phelps | Metropolis Magazine
What can we do as landscape designers to help alleviate this escalation in allergies? Ask our campus clients, developers, and other large-scale landowners.

“Techno-utopias are wrapped up in their own visions of nature” | Sam Jacob | Dezeen
“Sam Jacob looks at how Google Maps is reshaping cities while Apple, Facebook and Amazon are reshaping the natural landscape by building their own headquarters as self-contained ecosystems.”

‘Garden district’ plan on Edinburgh greenbelt | Kate Pickles |
A MASTERPLAN has been launched to show how greenbelt land owned by Sir David Murray would be transformed into a £1 billion “garden district”.

ASLA commends reintroduction of Community Parks Revitalization Act
“The American Society of Landscape Architects commends Congressman Albio Sires (NJ) for reintroducing today the Community Parks Revitalization Act (CPRA), which would help communities to rehabilitate existing and develop new community parks and outdoor recreational facilities.”

IMAGE CREDIT | Flickr User HDValentin

MORE INFORMATION | Plant Trees Not Wars (German)


This Week In Landscape | 14 April 2013

Cherry Blossom | Washington DC | IMAGE CREDIT | Cherry Festival

Cherry Blossom | Washington DC | IMAGE CREDIT | National Cherry Blossom Festival

IFLA World Congress Opening Address | Stephen Brown, NZILA President | Scoop
“In addressing many of the issues that I have alluded to, it seems to me that landscape architects will bring three highly important ingredients to the table: a discipline that melds the arts and sciences – integrating, not divorcing them from one another; appreciation of cultural values and diversity; and the ability – indeed proclivity – to work in an integrative or facilitative capacity with one another and with other disciplines.”

A Wilder Way | Noel Kingsbury | NY Times T Magazine
“Piet Oudolf, the Dutch designer who is responsible for the planting in both of these public projects, is also much in demand for planting private gardens, like this one in Nantucket…”

A Park for the Ages | Kathy Blaha | City Parks Blog
Kathy looks at the lessons learned as it approaches its tenth anniversary.

The Green Team Part 12: Dumpster Diving – Are Container Forests in Our Future? | Lisa DuRussel | Metropolis Magazine
“One of these strategies is a container forest. The successful use (and reuse) of shipping containers and dumpsters has been demonstrated in the architectural realm…”

Eco-Visualization: Aesthetics for Sustainability | Juliet Helmke | Urban Omnibus
“Juliet Helmke traces the origins and prospects of a genre of art that aims to educate and more effectively influence consumer behavior through the reinterpretation of ecological data.”

Find out if your house will be underwater by 2100 | Robert T. Gonzalez |
The folks at Climate Central have put together an interactive map applicationthat lets you see how rising seas will effect coastal regions of the United States over the next century.

New Satelitte-based systeme will track illegal deforestation in real time | Yale Environment e360
A coalition of organizations has unveiled a digital tool its developers say will help governments, environmental groups, and local communities monitor illegal logging in the world’s forest regions in real time

This Week In Landscape | 3 March 2013

This Week In Landscape | 3 March 2013

Vancouver | Coal Harbour | Flickr User alans1948

Landscape links from around the world during the week of 25 February to 3 March 2013

Landscape Performance Research: The Economics of Change | Jason Twill, LEED AP and Stuart Cowan, PhD | Landscape Architecture Foundation
The overarching goal of The Economics of Change is to shift mainstream real estate practices to document the full value of a built environment that is compatible with healthy, natural systems.

The Most Important Urban Design Decision Vancouver Ever Made? | Brent Toderian | Huffington Post
“In 1997, the city approved its first transformative Transportation Plan. Co-written through a first-time (and not easy) partnership between city planners and transportation engineers, the plan was a game-changer for our city-making model in many ways….”

The Green Team Part 10: POPS for the People…and the Developer | Zeina Zahalan | Metropolis Magazine
“The primary goal of POPS is to unite function with aesthetics—to create public spaces that provide respite in the city’s dense urban fabric.”

Urbanization of the People Must Follow That of the Land | Lan Fang | Caixin
The core of urbanization lies not only in large-scale city building and expansion of industrial parks, but also in the great migration of people from farm villages into cities.

Pedestrian Friendly Streetscape in Santa Cruz | William Langston | A Landscape Architect and a Passport
“So when we were in Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island I was immediately taken by the impressive streetscape improvements to the main streets in town.”

Sequestration Frustration, Close to Home | OLIN Blog
“Clearly the politics of this question run deep, and as advocates of the urban public realm, we can’t hope to remain unbiased. But maybe if we, as advocates and citizens, can join the conversation, we can encourage the power players in Washington to start talking as well.”

A Blog’s Adieu | New York Times
Sadly, the New York Times Green blog has been shutdown to focus on other areas.

IMAGE CREDIT | Flickr User alans1948

This Week In Landscape | 24 February 2013

Gorse over looking Edinburgh (2012) | Image Credit Flickr user somekindofrob

This week’s Landscape Links from around the world…………

To Control Floods, The Dutch Turn to Nature for Inspiration | Cheryl Katz | Yale e360
The Sand Engine is the signature project of Building with Nature, a consortium of Dutch industries, universities, research institutes, and public water agencies looking to harness natural systems for next-generation hydraulic engineering.

Conservationists hope to turn a disused Paris railway line into a nature trail | Sophie Landrin | Guardian
“So what should Paris do with this secret hideaway? Leave it to run wild, or turn it into a park? The city council has launched a consultation process involving residents and neighbourhood groups, the aim being to take a decision at the end of the year.”

National Parks on a Precipice | Leslie Macmillian | NY Times
“Unless Congress can reach a budget agreement by March 1, the country’s national parks will be hit by a $110 million budget cut, resulting in shuttered camp grounds, shorter seasons, road closings….”

From Denial to Integrated Solutions | Steven Apfelbaum | Metropolis Magazine
“If Sandy has taught us anything, it is that nature will always have the last word—a word that can seem unpredictable from our time-limited perspective. Nature takes the long view, repeatedly adapting to changes.”

2013 CSI Research Fellows Announced | Landscape Architecture Foundation
“Eight faculty Research Fellows have been selected for LAF’s 2013 Case Study Investigation (CSI) program. CSI is a unique research collaboration that matches LAF-funded faculty and student research teams with design firms to document the benefits of exemplary high-performing landscape projects as Landscape Performance Series Case Study Briefs.”

Plantwatch: ‘When gorse is out of bloom, kissing is out of season’ | Paul Simons | Guardian
“Gorse flowers are at their best around this time of year although they stay in flower most of the year, hence the saying “When gorse is out of bloom, kissing is out of season”.”

Living in Lafayette Park | Danielle Aubert, Lana Cavar, and Natasha Chandani | Metropolis Magazine
“The various views are all interesting and they’re all different. It’s surprising how the view of the Meadow from my neighbor’s house just three doors down is quite different from mine.”

Paint Is Not Enough | Erik Griswold |
“Physical separation using traffic islands or raised aprons or recessed curbing as seen in places like Long Beach, California or Missoula, (yes, Missoula!) Montana or Richmond, British Columbia show what is already in use in North America.”

Image Credit | Flickr user somekindofrob


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