This Week In Landscape | 1 September 2013

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Infrared Image New York | Image Credit Nickolay Lamm @

Infrared Photos Reveal the Brutal Urban Heatscape | Wired  When summer temperatures rise to uncomfortable levels, cities take a bigger beating than the rest of the landscape. This urban heat effect is especially brutal in big, dense, concrete-dominated cities like New York.

Local landscape architect calls for improved landscape quality | James Qualtrough | Isle News
“‘It’s never been more important to plant trees in gardens, streets and parks. We need to introduce better planning and management of our green areas to encourage more people to take action.”

Native plants are a priority | Rebecca Trigger | The West Australian
Landscape architects are looking to native species as they manage restricted water access in a drying climate.

Delhi’s upcoming park to rival New York’s Central Park | The Economic Times
“In a tangle of forgotten, overgrown brush in the heart of India’s capital, a quiet plan has been hatched to change the landscape of one of the world’s most populous cities.An intricate Mughal garden is being created.”

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UNISA Kgorong Centre | Pretoria South Africa | Cave Klapwijk and Associates

UNISA’s brief to the design team was to reflect a new Africanism, a site of confluence of traditional wisdom transmitted to a younger generation. The Kgorong Centre was built as a gathering place for students and gateway to the rest of the campus. The centre is envisioned to become the soul, heart and spirit of the UNISA campus, while linking different levels on a steep slope through sweeping forms that relate intimately with the building architecture. The brief also called for the creation of a piazza space accessible to all. The challenge was to integrate the steep slope with the different levels of the building.
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This Week In Landscape | 14 July 2013

Its northern summer and there seems to plenty of landscape writing for your weekly reading. This Week in Landscape will add some links from non-english sources for our readers.

Peter Latz awarded the Topos Landscape Award. Latz + Partners were the winners of the St Peter’s Square international design competition have been announced by Manchester City Council in May 2012.

Topos Landscape Award 2013 goes to Peter Latz | Peter Zöch | Topos
German landscape architect Peter Latz has been awarded the Topos Landscape Award 2013.

PLAY GROUNDS — Global | Monocle
The role of parks and other green urban spaces as quality-of-life improvers cannot be underestimated.

Architect Jeanne Gang threads nature into urban landscapes | Lori Rotenberk | Grist
Her fascination with natural and architectural form began in her childhood, when her father, a civil engineer, favored driving back roads during family vacations to marvel at local bridges.

Landscape Architecture Program Appoints New Chair
Gale Fulton, a former assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has been named chair of University of Tennessee’s Landscape Architecture Program.

Sydney’s Urban Areas To Be Hit Hard By Global Warming | Asian Scientist
Green spaces, trees and bodies of water are must-have design features for future development in Sydney’s suburbs after researchers found that by 2050 global warming combined with Sydney’s urban heat island effect could increase temperatures by up to 3.7°C.

To mark 50 years of Singapore’s green movement: Grow a plant out of a stamp | Strait Times (Sunday)
The four designs in this stamp issue portray Singapore’s vibrant urban landscape nestled within a thriving garden with native plants and wildlife. To commemorate 50 years of greening Singapore, the stamps come in biodegradable paper with the local stamp affixed with seeds of the Portulaca grandiflora.

Why are allotments becoming less popular? | Julian Baggini | Guardian
The waiting lists for allotments are falling – and, yes, they’re a lot of work but the spiritual and psychological benefits make them more than worthwhile

10 Things Adored by Landscape Architect Douglas Hoerr | Heiji Choy Black | Chicago Magazine
A beekeeper’s smoker, Lagavulin Single Malt Scotch, and Felco pruners are just a few of the things this partner at Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architects treasures.

Il cimitero si fa paesaggio | Liana Pastorin | La Stampa
Piccoli luoghi carichi di storia, ampi spazi a giardino. Il cimitero dialoga con il paesaggio urbano

De profesión, restaurador ecológico | BBC Mundo
“Somos literalmente un grupo de fanáticos apasionados de la naturaleza”, dice para describir a quienes, como él, trabajan en restauración ecológica.

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Rooftop oasis – perennial jungle | Rotterdam Netherlands | Astrid Hölzer


The scale of the project is quite small, located on a rooftop on a typical Dutch city house built in 1909. Not only small by size, also old in terms of structure. Our ambition was to create a luscious garden space in between the ground and the clouds. In 2005 the roof decking was renewed. A wooden terrace (18 sqm, hardwood FSC), green roof part (approximately 30 sqm), sunroom, indoor stairs, and fence were added.

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New York AIDS Memorial Update

The AIDS Memorial design has recently been updated with the loss of the ivy and flowering plants. studio A+I is still the design firm in charge of developing the design for the memorial, with the design progressing with retention of the overall form and linear benches but has lost the natural aesthetic of the mid-2012 design, it appears to be more harsh, static and less inviting. The water feature remains as the focal point under the structure.
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An Unexpected Hanging-Garden | Singapore | AgFacadesign & Tierra Design

An Unexpected Hanging-Garden | Singapore | AgFacadesign
A recently completed building with 4 additional floors; the requirement was to replace an unsightly mesh-façade and improve on a bland and uninviting disused space behind it. Located within the prime Singapore Central Business District (CBD), the 1984 building is 10 storeys tall and was originally designed to be environmentally responsive with floors receding inwards with each lower floor. External RC Planters spanning across the building’s 24m width façade was meant for sun-shading.
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Padaro Lane | Carpinteria USA | Keith LeBlanc Landscape Architecture

Padaro Lane | Carpinteria USA | Keith LeBlanc Landscape Architecture

Image Credit | Keith LeBlanc Landscape Architecture

The modern aesthetic of this striking home was embraced by the landscape architect during the renovation of the coastal garden. The design of the renovated landscape unifies the site with the residence by embracing the distinctive architectural language and existing plant palette while incorporating contemporary standards of environmental stewardship. The resultant garden is a contemporary landscape informed by the site’s modern flare.
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