This Week In Landscape | 10 March 2013

Laurie Olin Receives Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal in Architecture | OLIN blog
Founding Partner Laurie Olin has been honored by the University of Virginia and the Thomas Jefferson Foundation with the 2013 Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal in Architecture.

2013 CSI Firms and Projects Announced | Landscape Architecture Foundation
“A total of 20 design firms and 24 projects have been selected for LAF’s 2013 Case Study Investigation (CSI) program.CSI is a unique research collaboration that matches LAF-funded faculty-student research teams with leading practitioners to document the benefits of exemplary high-performing landscape projects.”

15 Beautiful New York City Trees (And Why They Matter) | Hana Alberts | Curbed NY
“This project, Swett told us, is an homage not only to the physical beauty of some of the city’s underappreciated flora but also trees’ symbolic value”

Wooing Suburban Drivers With Cheap Parking: A Losing Strategy for Cities | Angie Schmitt | Streets Blog
“There may be nothing sadder than distressed cities trying to compete with the suburbs by adding more parking spaces.”

A Wave of Public Art for New York City | Carol Vogel | NY Times
“All around New York City plans are quietly proceeding for this season’s new crop of public art.”

Something Fishy About London’s Most Innovative Urban Farm | Joe Peach | this big city
Kate Hofman and Tom Webster are planning what they call ‘London’s most innovative urban farm’ made from a greenhouse on top of a shipping container.

Multitasking Infrastructures: A Conversation with Sheila Kennedy and Veit Kugel | Urban Omnibus
“The RFP for the landings called for inter-modal passenger terminals and shelters, commuter ferry boat docking facilities, site improvements, and community amenities as a means to encourage public use of the East River waterfront…”

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 | Copenhagenize.com
“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

 

This Week In Landscape | 17 February 2013

Cummins Inc | Columbus Indiana | Design by Dan Kiley | Image Credit | berriehol

Landscape links from around the world in the week that was
Dan Kiley: A great yet little known Modernist | Charles A. Birnbaum | Huffington Post
“Kiley was also among the most important, influential and personally idiosyncratic landscape architects of the 20th century and designer of more than 1,100 projects – yet today he is not well known.”

Now Atlanta Is Turning Old Tracks Green | Robby Brown | NY Times
“The BeltLine would be the most expensive rails-to-trails project, urban planners say. It would add 40 percent more parks to Atlanta. Only 4.6 percent of Atlanta is parkland….”

The World’s Largest Firms Have Been Ranked… But Does It Matter? | Vanessa Quirk | ArchDaily
“This Top 5 gives us a sense of the major players in the architectural world, but with the subjective ranking of their efficiency”

How to Make Suburbs Work Like Cities |  Trisha Riggs | Urban Land
The steady movement toward more compact suburban growth is being driven in part by generation Y, an 80 million–member demographic group that is entering the markets for housing and jobs.

Urban sprawl affects inner-ring suburbs, too | Don Jacobson | Star Tribune
“….residents of closer-in areas also say they “feel” those characteristics of sprawl in their neighborhoods despite their higher population densities, and a University of Minnesota researcher says a study she performed indicates their perception in many cases is indeed more than just a feeling.”

IMAGE CREDIT | Flickr user | berrihol | Holly Higgins

This Week in Landscape | 27 January 2013

Kew Gardens | Image Credit | Flickr User Jim Linwood

Kew Gardens | Image Credit | Flickr User Jim Linwood

The Garden in Winter | Michael Tortorello | NY Times
“…..most of the plants I could see in the home garden area at the botanical garden were not struggling to stave off death. They were comfortably dormant.”

Fields of The Moon | Alex Trevi | Venue
Venue made a detour on our exit out of Flagstaff, Arizona, to visit the old black cinder fields of an extinct volcano—where, incredibly, NASA and its Apollo astronauts once practiced their, at the time, forthcoming landing on the moon.

Energy Drink |  | Allison Maier, The New York World | Urban Omnibus 
“The city’s watershed includes 19 reservoirs, three lakes, 7,000 miles of water pipes, tunnels and aqueducts, and 7,400 miles of sewer lines — and perhaps many megawatts of untapped energy…”

Death of John Hopkins announced | Landscape Institute
“The Landscape Institute has learnt the sad news of the death of John Hopkins, project director for the parklands and public realm for the Olympic Delivery Authority.”

Laurie Olin Remembers Ada Louise Huxtable, Champion of Urban Design | OLIN
“Ada Louise Huxtable was a formidable figure, one whose writing and commentary was always informed, thoughtful, and delivered without the jargon that so often plagues architecture and art criticism. ”

How Will the Lowline Make the Leap From Idea to Reality? | Jessica Dailey | Curbed
“Because the Lowline is such an unusual and innovative idea, some people assume that the creators are oblivious to what the community wants. But Barasch stressed the fact that they have been reaching out to all community groups and businesses…..”

IMAGE CREDIT |  Flickr User Jim Linwood 

This Week In Landscape | 6 January 2013

The first “This Week In Landscape” for 2013 with weekly links from around the world

Virginia Tech: Light pollution from virginiatech on Vimeo. Short Video (1min 48s).

Exploring Philadelphia’s New “Penn Park” | Sarah Kathleen Peck | landscape urbanism
“A few weeks ago, I had the chance to stop by Philadelphia and the University of Pennsvylania’s new Penn Park, a 23-acre waterfront park woven in between more than five different infrastructural systems and multiple-level land locks.”

Will Biomimicry Offer a Way Forward, Post-Sandy? | Sarah Amandolare | NY Times
“Kapok trees, honeycombs and mangroves are just a few of the naturally occurring features or processes that have informed the designs of buildings from Haiti to South Korea to New York City in recent years.”

ADAPTATION – How can cities be “climate-proofed”? | Eric Klinenberg | New Yorker
PLANNING about “climate-proofing.” For the past decade and a half, governments around the world have been investing in elaborate plans to “climate-proof” their cities

For America’s Cities, The Future can be found in the past | Manuel Cadrecha | ideas+buildings (Perkins Will)
“The city belongs to me long after I left and moved away, and it exists as my home, alive in my imagination.”

Have We Lost the Peace of Park Spaces? | Stephen Plunkard | Stantec is…
“My sense is that, today, we are rarely incorporating quiet spaces into our rural and urban parks. We often program active areas for tots, adolescents, teenagers and now adult/senior playgrounds, but we rarely seem to plan for quiet and contemplative spaces in public, secular venues.”

The Case for Walkability as an Economic Development Tool | Kaid Benfield | Atlantic Cities
“A terrific street redesign is assisting economic development in a southern California community that has suffered from changing economic conditions but is nevertheless seeing significant population growth…”

Top 12 Blogs from Landscape, Architecture and Planning Firms | Walter Communication
A few blogs of landscape architecture and architecture planning firms.

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