This Week In Landscape | 11 August 2013

During the week there was some interesting articles and posts with the LU vs NU debate rising back up to the boiling point with a damning review Andres Duany’s landscape urbanism book.

Rumble in the Urban Jungle | Michael Sorkin | Architechtural Record
“Their critique is antique: Landscape Urbanism is just the continuation of CIAM and its misguided principles by other means. The collection thus winds up as another–and completely unnecessary–iteration of that beloved chestnut, New Urbanism vs. Modernism.”

Architecture by Other Means | OLIN
OLIN post about this interesting podcast with Laurie Olin where he defines what is landscape architecture? and what landscape architects are good at.

Financing Urban Forestry | Alexandra Kay | Environmental Finance at the University of North Carolina
“Certainly there is no one-size-fits-all solution for urban forestry programs. In addition to the above examples being considered by San Francisco, cities may opt to use other financing techniques, many of which are detailed in the aforementioned APWA report.”

Berlin’s urban gardeners reach for their pitchforks to fight off the developers | Kate Connolly | guardian
“Capital’s kleingarten, which have helped earn its status as one of Europe’s greenest cities, under threat from property investors”

Licensing Issues Delay Moore Square Plan James Borden | Raleigh Public Record
The drawn out process of Christopher Counts Studio trying to complete a project and the licensing issues.

East-West Link will be an environmental disaster: AILA | Transport and Logistics News
“FAILA and president of the AILA Victorian Chapter Kirsten Bauer…said that consequently the institute has formed the view, on careful consideration of all information available, that the East-West Link, as currently proposed, will cause irreparable damage to Royal Park…. ”

On the Ground – Creative Pavements in Montreal | Alice Webb | Land Perspectives
“While visiting Montreal recently, I came across a number of public spaces with attractively-patterned pavement, many combining various types of stone….”

Reconstruire Montpertuis sur Manurhin | lamontagne.fr
“Le site pyrotechnique de Manurhin à Bellerive-sur-Allier, actif de 1937 à 2006, n’a jamais été ouvert au public. Dans le cadre des projets de réindustrialisation de l’Agglo Vichy Val d’Allier, nous avons pu le visiter.”

Luxemburg-stad presenteert Nederlands plan voor duurzame wijk | bouwen & wonen
Donderdag 25 juli 2013 is het winnende ontwerp van de internationale ontwerpwedstrijd Südfront Avenue J.F. Kennedy aan het publiek bekend gemaakt.

Landschafts-Architekt Stefano Riggenbach: «Licht ist mehr als nur Lampen» | Happy Times
“Stefano Riggenbachs Tipp: Das Licht ins Gesamtkonzept einer Gartenanlage einbeziehen.”

 

This Week in Landscape | 11 March 2012

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

Landscape architects shape city’s green spaces | Sharon Litwin | NOLA.com
“Today landscape architecture projects can range from those as modest as private garden designs to those addressing issues of such huge scale as coastal erosion or managing environmental disasters.”

New York’s High Line project should inspire Ann Arbor to create its own urban parks | Will Hathaway & Marc Ross | AnnArbor.com
“The level of interest here in Ann Arbor was palpable in the near capacity Michigan Theater audience. Ann Arborites were enthusiastic about this story of reclaiming underutilized space for use as an urban public park.”

With city’s help, fans of Tampa’s Kiley Garden aim for a comeback | Richard Danielson | Tampa Bay Times
The City Council will look for funds to help complete an ambitious restoration of (Dan)Kiley Garden, often forgotten by locals but admired internationally by landscape architects.

Landscape Optimism: An Interview with Chris Reed | Quilian Riano | Design Observer
An interview with Chris Reed from Stoss Landscape Urbanism

New Urbanism not as simple as once thought, expert says | Blake Aued | Online Athens
Blake reports some interesting  Andres Duany statements  “He now favors a compromise, ecological urbanism. Pave over creeks and get rid of expensive green building standards in very dense areas, he said, because people who live on top of each other are doing the environment a favor by taking up less space.”

“Extreme Beauty and Extreme Vulgarity”: Rem Koolhaas Shares His Thoughts on Japanese Metabolist Architecture | Janelle Zara | Artinfo
“I was friends already with some of them and therefore there was an issue of accessibility,” Koolhaas said. “I was particularly interested to look at the first non-western avant-garde. We are currently living in a situation where a lot of initiatives are no longer ours…”

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Developers breaking ground on Sustainable Communities in UK

Green dream lives on: A savvy breed of developers are breaking ground on sustainable communities in the Independent newspaper

There are about 10 communities around the country, loosely following principles known in the construction industry as New Urbanism……… No one is yet suggesting this new wave of sustainable communities will pass the test of time as Bath has – but they at least appear to be riding the downturn.

The article lists 8 projects in design planning stage along with the following built projects
Up and running

* Hockerton Housing Project, Nottinghamshire
* Greenwich Millennium Village (which involves Countryside Properties and Taylor Wimpey)
* BedZed, Hackbridge, east London

WSJ joins the LU vs NU debate with The Rise of the “Landscape Urbanists”

Christopher Shea recently posted The Rise of the “Landscape Urbanists” on his Wall Street Journal blog

And that’s the rub—the bit about cars and “spacious suburbs.” Architects who believe that a fresh commitment to urban living offers the best path to a sustainable future are deeply disconcerted by this quasi-green rhetoric, and by the way it’s catching on at trendy architecture schools. They call it a “a misguided surrender to suburban sprawl.”

Read more at WSJ

LU vs NU – more fuel to the fire

The Landscape Urbanism vs New Urbanism debate has been burning along for the last few months with LAND Reader – LU vs NU synopsis back in November. Leon Neyfakh of the Boston Globe has recently published Green Building that adds more fuel to the LU vs NU fire.

Its an interesting article worth the read but one line(amongst many) that stayed with me was “We criticized it and called out all the contradictions, and we laughed and we made fun of him,” Duany recalled about showing a lecture delivered by Charles Waldheim. Is Landscape Urbanism vs New Urbanism about theory and how to make great places for people or more about ego?

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