This Week In Landscape | 28 April 2013

With nature in mind | Harvard Gazette
A video of Kongjian Yu focusing on the problems presented by China’s rapid urbanization, espousing a philosophy that would have planners consider the environment first.

Are Landscape Architects & Engineers Frenemies? | Nathalie Shanstrom | Sustainable Cities Collaborative
“Successful design of trees as stormwater infrastructure requires a collaborative, holistic approach that can satisfy the needs of both specialties.”

What’s Your Major: Landscape Architecture | Reema Abi-Akar | The Daily Illini
“Every time you touch the land, you make an impact on it,” Reynolds said. “So we really try to learn in ways that are … going to grow and help the community economically and socially.”

A Six-Year Grassroots Effort Planted in Time for Earth Day | studionelevenblog
A not-so-uncommon conversation between neighbors about the lack of pedestrian safety on their street escalated into an urban intervention that would reshape and green one of the busiest streets of their Long Beach, CA neighborhood.

Grand Opening for Bullitt Center and McGilvra Place Park | berger partnership
Earth Day marked the grand opening for the Bullitt Center and McGilvra Place Park.

Jerusalem wins design award for park | By Daniel K. Eisenbud | The Jerusalem Post
“The Jerusalem Municipality won an award for the design and construction of the Railroad Park.” Jerusalem Railway Park by Tichnun-Nof Landscape Architects.

Railroad Park | Birmingham Alabama | Tom Leader Studio

Railroad Park-Birmingham Alabama-Tom Leader Studio

Aerial image of the park with phase II amphitheater by Kennedy Violich Architecture

Tom Leader Studio(TLS) spent five years working extensively with a public / private partnership to build this downtown central park and master plan the rail corridor. TLS managed a large team of consultants including multiple architects, local landscape architect, and engineers. Abandoned rail lines are a constant theme in all of our work today. This project celebrates the active participation of 11 tracks of well-loved trains that slowly lumber through this downtown on a viaduct. The park site is a former warehouse and brick-making site and much of the park is formed with materials recovered from historic uses. The park is four blocks long by one block wide and was historically, the lowest point in town. The scheme draws on this ample water in creating a large reservoir for irrigation which also discharges through a stream and series of ponds as a summer fountain. Needed floodwater storage is created by excavating for this water system, using the spoils to create a series of knolls along the rail viaduct. The “Rail Trail”, located atop this little mountain range is a series of on-grade and bridge connections which allow train-spotting up close, views over downtown and of the frequent large music events and parties within the park. The park contains performance venues of varying scales from small to extra large such as the annual “Crawfish Boil” attracting 30,000 music fans. Noisy or quiet, day or night, the park is only completed by the industrial ballet of freight cars slowly rolling in both directions.

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