This Week In Landscape | 20 October 2013

The weekly roundup of news and interesting landscape links

The Urban Landscaper | William S. Saunders | Harvard Magazine
Michael Van Valkenburgh Profile

Why Our Brains Love Curvy Architecture | Eric Jaffe | Fast Co. Design
Recently neuroscientists have shown that this affection for curves isn’t just a matter of personal taste; it’s hard-wired into the brain.

Urban planning often a vehicle for obstruction | Robert Nelson | The Age
Planning Australian cities is good in theory, but there’s a catch. No one will agree with the plan. They’ll hate it and will even deny that it’s a plan at all. It’s a farce, a charade, a strategy full of holes and inconsistencies. It isn’t a ”real” plan.

National Park Service Reopens All National Parks | NPS
National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis today announced that as a result of the passage of a continuing resolution providing federal appropriations, the National Park Service have resumed operations effective October 17.

Martin Barry on Radio Prague podcast
A profile of New York-based landscape architect Martin Barry who last year launched a new festival and conference in Prague called reSITE, focussing on urbanism and rethinking the public space.

How research ecologists can benefit urban design projects | Eurekaa alert
Ecologists conducting field research usually study areas that they hope won’t be disturbed for a while. But in an article published in the November issue of BioScience, “Mapping the Design Process for Urban Ecology Researchers,” Alexander Felson of Yale University and his colleagues describe how ecologists can perform hypothesis-driven research from the start of design through the construction and monitoring phases of major urban projects.

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Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum appoints Michael Van Valkenburgh to redesign Monks Garden

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum announced recently that Michael Van Valkenburgh has been commissioned to redesign its Monks Garden, the cloistered garden adjacent to the historic building
and connected to the exterior gardens which surround the Museum’s new wing designed by Renzo Piano.

Reflecting on the potential for the garden to expand the experience of the Museum, Michael said, “I share with Isabella Stewart Gardner a love of horticulture and art. The redesign of the Monks Garden is a wonderful opportunity to bring these two interests together. I look forward to working with the Gardner staff to create a memorable and enduring garden and a place Bostonians will hopefully cherish.”
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MVVA: What will 2112 bring? [VIDEO]


Steelcase asked 100 Minds from around the world to help them dream big about the next 100 years. Michael Van Valkenburgh along with Matthew Urbanski, Gullivar Shepard, Danielle Choi and Nicholas Pevzner of MVVA describe their aspirations for a future that is characterized by resourcefulness, ecological vitality, and urban landscapes that engage positively with natural systems.

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Waller Creek Design Competition Shortlist announced

Existing View North of Waller Creek from 6th Street

The Waller Creek Conservancy in Austin, Texas has announced that nine teams from 31 submissions have been selected  to continue onto the next stage of the ‘Design Waller Creek’ design competition.

“Through the competition process, we enlisted the leaders in urban landscape, innovation, sustainable design, theory and practice,” Donald J. Stastny FAIA FAICP FCIP, competition manager of “Design Waller Creek: A Competition,” said.  “The submittals help to define the design challenge and inform the jury and Conservancy about an appropriate mix of design professionals to undertake this complex task. We find within the teams a very strong promise of collaboration and experience in ‘integrated’ design—how different disciplines come together to share talents and skill sets to create environments that are not only functional and sustainable, but contribute to raising the human experience.”
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This Week in Landscape | 5 February 2012

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

Emotional Landscapes: Interview with landscape architect Michael Van Valkenburgh | Gideon Fink Shapiro | BMW Guggenheim Lab
Michael Van Valkenburgh interview about urban landscapes and what they can do

The architecture meltdown | Scott Timberg | Salon
With the economy still in the doldrums where does architecture go from here?

How should we design urban parks? | The Urban Portal | University of Chicago
A social science look at parks, the important differences and the costs of parks in cities.

Building green cities using public/private partnerships | Matthew Kahn | Christian Science Monitor
Public funding for environmentally friendly urban centers benefits private investors, too

Re-greening the Plateau |Michelle Lalonde | Montreal Gazette
Residents are fighting to save their street trees, even if it means removing parking spots

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