Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates with Thomas Phifer & Partners has won the international design competition to design Waller Creek, a thin, urban riparian ecosystem that meanders for through Austin, Texas from the northern part of the City southward through The University of Texas at Austin campus and along the eastern edge of the downtown area before it meets Lady Bird Lake. The MVVA Team, led by Michael Van Valkenburgh and Thomas Phifer, brings together professionals aiming to, “create an exciting and humane landscape that will be critical to great city life in Austin.”
Continue reading Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates with Thomas Phifer & Partners wins Waller Creek Design Competition
This project was an opportunity to bring together the laying out of a long linear landscape that crosses different, well defined, territories, and a more universal reflection on the reading of the landscape through a strong and structuring element like the Berry Canal. It is a reading of the landscape that allows one to take the step back that is indispensable for this type of project, and facilitates a fine approach to places and their dynamics, in order to make them explicit and therefore identifiable by the public.
Continue reading Banks of Berry Channel | Cher France | TN PLUS
Rounding out the week with landscape links from around the world
How can cities be designed for sustainable living? | Caroline Holtum | Guardian
A new interactive exhibition, Our Urban Future, explores the importance of cities in making the world a more sustainable place.
Bloomberg to High Line Haters: Cities Change, Get Over It | Matt Chaban | New York Observer
“Cities that don’t change—if we didn’t change, Central Park would still be a shantytown; if we didn’t embrace new technology or medicines, life expectancies would still be 25 years old,” the mayor said.
UConn’s Great Lawn Remains Central to Campus Identity | UConn Today
The University of Connecticut’s iconic ‘Great Lawn’ was the center of attention on Wednesday at a celebratory event sponsored by the UConn Student Chapter and the Connecticut Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects.
DIY Urbanism Makes Creative Use of Public Spaces | Tod Newcombe | Governing.com
As the economy continues to take big bites out of arts and city planning budgets, this bottom-up approach is changing the look of some cities. Are governments ready to embrace these grassroots ideas?
Project aims to crowdsource what makes a happy city | BBC
A project to crowdsource the most peaceful and happy places in London has been launched by researchers at Cambridge University.
Restoring the ‘urban forest’ | André Coleman | Pasadena Weekly
Councilman Masuda calls for volunteers to help replace trees lost in last year’s windstorm.
Olympic regeneration claims are “bullsh*t,” says Rowan Moore | Dezeen
They say it’s about regeneration, it’s about boosting sporting legacy, it’s about boosting business, it’s sustainable. All these things are absolute…….”
Last Saturday the “Imagining the Lowline” exhibit opened to the public as part of the “Experiments in Motion” initiative commissioned by Audi of America and in partnership with the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation (GSAPP), nine student visions will be presented along with a 45-foot-long suspended model of Manhattan’s subway grid that contextualizes the Lowline within the city’s huge inventory of underground spaces.
Continue reading Imagining the Lowline exhibit opens
Rio 2016 Olympics from James Shaw on Vimeo.
With the 2012 Olympic summer games over in London the flag has been passed onto Rio de Janeiro for 2016 Olympics. AECOM won the International Competition for the Urban Master Plan of the Rio 2016 Olympic Park las August. Once again cities are incorporating planning for a ‘Games Mode’ and a ‘Legacy Mode’ where the area is slowly transformed over the proceeding years into new uses. Previous Olympic Parks have had varying rates of success transformed areas of cities including Sydney and Beijing(although there are still issues surrounding the main stadium), whereas Athens has fallen into disrepair and been hard hit by the financial crisis.
Continue reading Olympics 2016 | Rio de Janeiro Brazil | AECOM
Eo Wijers foundation organizes competitions every few years aiming to solve regional planning and landscape design issues in the Netherlands. This year teams were asked to design strategies how to deal with population shrinkage in peripheral, on agriculture based areas in the north of the country.
Continue reading Veennet – network of initiatives | Posad Spatial Strategies with MBDSO & Machiel Bakx
This weeks round-up of landscape news from around the web.
Q+A> LAURIE OLIN | The Architect’s Newspaper
The Architect’s Newspaper interviews noted landscape architect discusses the profession and the state of public space today.
New Report Highlights Raft of Inspiring Examples of Transformative Actions by Cities and Local Governments | UNEP
A raft of transformative and inspiring policies by cities and local governments, which can assist in creating a sustainable 21st century, were spotlighted in a new report released today by ICLEI – Local Government for Sustainability and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).
Habitats for harmony | Kim Wilkie | FT.com
Acclaimed landscape architect Kim Wilkie on two projects he has undertaken in fragile environments…
Parks Canada Launches New Learn to Camp Smartphone Application
Parks Canada has launched a new Smart phone App to help first time campers enjoy a camping trip to Canada’s national parks.
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