This Week In Landscape | 16 June 2013

Taksim Square - Gezi Park Protests, İstanbul | IMAGE CREDIT | Alan Hilditch

Taksim Square – Gezi Park Protests, İstanbul | IMAGE CREDIT | Alan Hilditch

 

Turkish Prime Minister Is Practicing Landscape Architecture Without a License | Professor Sadik Artunc, FASLA, RLA | The Dirt
“The proposed plans do not seem to give even a cursory thought to the needs of pedestrians. They do not offer any significant design elements for the human scale. Perhaps another unstated objective of the PM is to minimize and eventually remove the monument to the Independence War…”

Landscape architect Peter Walker, who designed the Nasher garden, strongly denounces Museum Tower and its ownership | mgranberry | Dallas News
“Peter Walker, the much-heralded landscape architect, who designed the garden of the Nasher Sculpture Center, came out ferociously in defense of his project on Thursday.”

Researcher to study, develop public ‘healing spaces’ | Cornell Cornicle
“A Cornell researcher leads a team that was recently awarded a $750,000 National Open Spaces Sacred Places (OSSP) Award from the TKF Foundation to design, build and research spaces in Joplin, Mo., and in the New York City metropolitan area – that will focus on healing aspects of the human-nature interaction in the wake of disaster.”

Portland’s new tree code is a wise investment in our urban forest: Guest opinion | Meryl Redisch | Oregon Live
“Building the new tree code involved more than five years of work, city resources and community participation. The explicit goals set by citizen stakeholders for developing a new code were to streamline regulations, improve customer service, protect trees better during development and in general, and ensure compliance.”

Building Hyperdensity and Civic Delight | Vishaan Chakrabarti | Design Observer
“Sound urban development is the lynchpin of the hyperdense environment. Yet public advocacy for high-density development is extraordinarily low, primarily because its merits are misunderstood.”

Atkins to develop Eco-Low Carbon Urban Planning Guidance in China | Atkins
“Atkins has won an important new commission to develop guidance for eco-low carbon (ELC) urban planning in China. Funded by the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office Prosperity Fund and led by Atkins’ sustainable planning team in Beijing, the project involves working with both national government agencies and city governments and is aimed at providing a key, high profile reference point for ELC urban planning in China. ”

Ten Sustainable Ideas to Transform Cities | This Big City
Sustainia 100 is a catalogue of transformative ideas for sustainability – a “one-stop toolbox for sustainable solutions,” if you will. A new ‘toolbox’ is put together annually by the Danish organisation Sustainia,

NYC presents the City’s long-term plan to further prepare for the impacts of a changing climate
“A Stronger, More Resilient New York”, a comprehensive plan that contains actionable recommendations both for rebuilding the communities impacted by Sandy and increasing the resilience of infrastructure and buildings citywide.”

IMAGE CREDIT | Taksim Square – Gezi Park Protests, İstanbul | by Flickr User Alan Hilditch

This Week in Landscape | 25 May 2013

This Week saw the Centenary of the Chelsea Show and numerous great articles and blog posts, we have made a selection for your weekly reading.
 

Timelapse of Chelsea Best in Show – Trailfinders Australian Garden

9/11 Memorial: The Other Half | Saundra Marcel | Design Bureau
An interview with Peter Walker about the 9/11 Memorial and the remaining section of the plaza that needs to be built after the underground museum and train station are finished.

“Born to Rewild” with Landscape Designer Margie Ruddick | Diana Budds | Dwell On Design
Dwell on Design interview Margie Ruddick, this year’s winner of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award in Landscape Architecture.

New Strategies for funding the Public Realm | Jon Trementozzi | Sasaki Associates
there is often a deep chasm between the vision and implementation of projects intended to enhance the public realm. The reality is that many designs for these spaces and places never see the light of day. Overwhelmingly, the difference between a paper plan and a built project comes down to funding.

RMIT honours landscape architecture pioneer | Infolink
Emeritus Professor James Sinatra will become a Doctor of Design Honoris Causa, in recognition of his role in establishing landscape architecture education in Australia during a long academic career at RMIT.

Landscape architecture should come sooner, not later in design | Michael Biafore | West Virginia Illustrated
“At the residential level, however, landscape architecture is often relegated to the last step in not only the design phase of a home, but also the construction process. Many benefits can be realized in the planning and construction of a home by hiring a landscape architect to work on site design, sometimes even prior to the selection of an architect and/or a home builder.”

Everyone Deserves Good Design | John Cary | Metropolis
“Whether as an architect, landscape architect, or planner, if you remember one thing from my talk today, I hope it’s to take the time to watch and listen to these people, and to learn from them. In that sense, your real design education is just beginning and will never end.”

The Ego and the Architect | Beth Mosenthal | Archinect
“When I think about the people I would consider “leaders” in my office, they don’t just include the people with the highest-ranking title or the most experience. They are the people who send out design inspiration emails, events, and tips to keep us involved and aware.”

VIDEO CREDIT | Flemings Nurseries

 

Peter Walker awarded the ULI Prize For Visionaries In Urban Development

The 2012 Urban Land Institute (ULI) J.C. Nichols Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development has been awarded  to landscape architect Peter Walker,  which is the institute’s highest honor. Walker will be honored during ULI’s annual fall meeting October 16-19 in Denver. More information and video of Peter and his thoughts on winning the award after the jump.
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National Mall Design Competition winners announced

Sylvan Theater - Washington Monument | OLIN + Weiss/Manfredi

Sylvan Theater | Image Credit: OLIN + Weiss/Manfredi

The Trust for the National Mall held a three stage design competition to design areas of the Mall that have fallen into state of disrepair due to neglect and inadequate funding. The Design Competition seeks to revitalize areas of the Mall including the Washington Monument, Union Square and Constitution Gardens. The winners of the design competition were recently announced with OLIN + Weiss/Manfredi  winning Sylvan Theater (Washington Monument), Rogers Marvel Architects + Peter Walker and Partners won the Constitution Gardens and Gustafson Guthrie Nichol + Davis Brody Bond won the Union Square.

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Final National Mall Designs go on display

Final National Mall Designs go on display

Sylvan Theater | OLIN + Weiss/Manfredi

The Trust for the National Mall will exhibit the final design concepts of the  National Mall Design Competition from Monday, April 9 through Sunday, April 15. The concepts will be displayed  for public viewing and comment at the Smithsonian Castle and the National Museum of American History. The concepts, created by the country’s top designers, re-envision three prominent National Mall locations:  Constitution Gardens, Sylvan Theater on the Washington Monument Grounds and Union Square.

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