This Week in Landscape | 12 August 2012

back from a hiatus here is the “This Week in Landscape” links from across the globe.

 The Green Team: Part 1 | Metropolis Magazine
Terrie Brightman and Lisa DuRussel along with others from Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects have started blogging  about landscape architecture at the Metropolis Magazine

Tree Massacre At Queens Borough Hall | Geoffrey Croft | A Walk In The Park
It was cheaper for a city to cut down trees and buy new trees than to move the existing trees – the epitome of waste and bureaucracy?

Q&A: Diana Balmori | Jared Green | Metropolis Magazine
“There will be no remedy but to put the architecture and landscape together. Both architects and landscape architects are starting to work in ways that imitate nature in the way that it functions.” Diana Balmori

John Magee’s Native Landscape Designs Create Habitat for Wildlife | Al Bredenberg | Inhabitat
“Even as habitat becomes more and more disrupted by development, we’re creating more and more little islands of habitat. Wildlife can move and migrate from one to another of them.”

An Architect’s Vision: Bare Elegance in China | Jane Perlez | New York Times
“I love Manhattan. It’s a very interesting place. But if you want to copy something that was accomplished in 200 years, it’s very difficult. New York was not designed by architects, it was designed by time.”

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This Week in Landscape | 25 March 2012

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

Jungleland – The Lower Ninth Ward in New Orleans Gives New Meaning to ‘Urban Growth’ | Nathaniel Rich | New York Times Magazine
The power of nature is shown by the ‘jungle’ that is recolonising parts of the Lower Ninth Ward in New Orleans that have been abandoned since Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Finding the urban forest in your neck of the woods | Laurie Casey | Chicago Tribune
Boasting millions of trees, other plants, and wildlife, the urban forest contributes valuable benefits. It produces fresh oxygen, reduces urban heat island effects, and stores carbon. Studies show being around or seeing trees even improves our mood and helps us heal from surgery faster.

Cloned trees fuel urban pollen count | Randy Shore | Vancouver Sun
Planting male clones effectively doubles the amount of pollen released, horticulturalist says.

He changed Bangalore’s landscape | Deccan Herald
Gustav Krumbiegel established the Horticultural School in the erstwhile Mysore state, a first for India.

America’s Coolest Driveways | Tanya Mohn | Forbes
“Good driveway design is all about the arrival experience,” says Charles A. Birnbaum, founder and president of The Cultural Landscape Foundation

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This Week in Landscape | 8 January 2012

This Week in Landscape – A Weekly roundup of landscape news and stories from around the world.

Mall of America Carpark (c) Google

Paved, but Still Alive(Taking parking lots seriously as public-spaces) | Michael Kimmelman | New York Times
There are millions if not billions of carspaces in the USA and there is an oversupply with many carspaces remaining empty and these public spaces remain hot black asphalt deserts throughout cities across the world. Michael gives us some examples of successful carpark designs. Read More

The Grid at 200: Lines That Shaped Manhattan | Michael Kimmelman | New York Times
A look back at the grid that made New York the city it is today defining architecture, landscape, spaces and the lives on millions over time. Read More…

Waste opportunity – Creative management of landfill and recycling can transform landscape and generate income | Sarah Murray | FT.com
What happens to your rubbish? Sarah tales a look at how organisations and people around the world are dealing with landfills and makes reference to the Freshkill Project. Read More

See the building from the Trees | Sarah Williams Goldhagen | New York Times

How can cognitive neuroscience influnce the way that architects, landscape architects, planners and engineers are designing? Why are architects using tree metaphors in their designs for buildings? Sarah looks at tree metaphors and how we look at the built environment. Read More….

Designing Water | Joseph G. Brin | Metropolis Magazine
An interesting article that touches on the various design solutions to Water Management within cities including Rain Gardens, Permeable pavement and others. Read More

Walk-up windows are good urbanism | Dan Malouff  | Greater Greater Washington
Sidewalks(Footpaths) are interesting concrete pedestrians route that connect destinations, often we walk doorway to doorway with the odd cafe spilling out onto the space. Walk-up windows are a way to break the monotony of street life. Dan looks at Georgetown and a couple of its walk-up windows. Read More….

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New York City gains control of Governors Island & releases Master Plan

Mayor Bloomberg announces Governors Island Masterplan

New York City Mayor Bloomberg, Governor Paterson, Assembly Speaker Silver and State Senator Squadron announces an agreement on the long-term development, funding and governance of Governors Island

At a recent press conference Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Governor David A. Paterson, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and State Senator Daniel L. Squadron announced an agreement on the long-term development, funding and governance of Governors Island in which New York City will have primary responsibility to develop and operate the island.  The newly-created Governors Island Operating Entity will be responsible for the planning, operation and maintenance of 150 acres of Governors Island.

As a part of the announcement, the City and the State together released the Governors Island Park and Public Space Master Plan, a comprehensive design for 87 acres of open green space, rejuvenating existing landscapes in the National Historic District, transforming the southern half of the island and creating a 2.2 mile Great Promenade along the waterfront. The park and public space plan was designed by a team led by the landscape architecture firm West 8. Governors Island reopens for public use on June 5.  Moving forward with the Park and Public Space Master Plan, schematic design and environmental review will begin later this year and continue through 2011. Following that, community review will commence in 2012, and pending review, the first phase of construction will begin in late 2012.

[SOURCE: New York City]

Below are the renders that were released with the City and State Release Governors Island Park and Public Space Master Plan for 87 Acres of Open Green Space

Visitors stopping at South Battery to enjoy the view

Visitors stopping at South Battery to enjoy the view

The Hammock Grove has shaded lawn and hammocks for relaxing

The Hammock Grove has shaded lawn and hammocks for relaxing

The Lower Level Promenade has spectacular views close to the water

The Lower Level Promenade has spectacular views close to the water

The Shell at Liberty Terrace is integrated into the landscape providing a sculptures seating area

The Shell at Liberty Terrace is integrated into the landscape providing a sculptured seating area

The Hills draw visitors down a pathway into a canyon-like landscape toward the Harbor

The Hills draw visitors down a pathway into a canyon-like landscape toward the Harbor

Ball players and spectators get an amazing view of the Statue of Liberty

Ball players and spectators get an amazing view of the Statue of Liberty

[IMAGE CREDIT: West 8, Rogers Marvel Architects, Diller, Scofidio + Renfro, SMWM, Urban Design+]

[IMAGE SOURCE: Governors Island Park & Public Space]

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Also recently published was the architectural review by NICOLAI OUROUSSOFF of the Governors Island Master Plan in the [New York Times - Governors Island Vision Adds Hills and Hammock]

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Tupper Thomas – returning Prospect Park to New Yorkers

The New York Times takes a look at the 35 year career of Tupper Thomas, the Park Administrator for Prospect Park who announced her retirement from her current position of Assistant Commissioner for Strategic Partnerships (listed on NYC DPR) last Tuesday (effective early 2011).

Ms Thomes is credited by many for bringing back from the brink in 1970’s to become a park rivalling Central Park. The New York Times article talks to her peers and gives highlights of her career which shows that passion and perseverance often counts for more than experience when entering a new job.

Another highlight of the NYT article is past and present photos of Prospect Park.

Read more at the [SOURCE: New York Times - Returning Prospect Park to the People]

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