Clark Art Institute Expansion Landscape | Williamstown, USA | Reed Hilderbrand


Clark Center from Reflecing Pool | Image Credit Tucker Bair

The Clark Art Institute is in its final phase of a transformational campus expansion program that adds new facilities to support the growth of museum and academic programs, enhances the visitor experience, improves circulation throughout the campus, and creates new levels of sustainability across its 140 acres. The program focuses on providing superior facilities for the benefit of visitors and scholars and underscores the Clark’s environmental stewardship of its grounds.

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Rijkere Dijken (‘Richer Dikes’) | research by DELVA Landscape Architects with Dingeman Deijs Architect


In the coming years, 99 dikes in the Netherlands have to be reinforced.  Besides their function to protect, these flood defences have an impact on the functioning of their surrounding area. That’s why we –as spatial designers-  asked ourselves if a dike can be more than just a monotone embankment. DELVA Landscape Architects and Dingeman Deijs Architect developed six new typologies for dikes in six different landscapes. We worked with experts in the field of engineering and technology.


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Burnley Living Roofs | Melbourne Australia | HASSELL


Image Credit | Peter Bennetts

Green infrastructure, including the installation of plants on under-utilised urban surfaces, can provide significant environmental benefits for our cities. These green interventions have the capacity to cool the urban environment, reduce energy consumption, mitigate flooding and increase habitats for biodiversity. They provide an opportunity to evolve the way we develop the built environment, to maximise existing infrastructure and lower the need for costly upgrades.

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Chutes and Tires | ATLAS Lab


The importance of usable open space has been well documented at various times and at various places throughout the world. For centuries small parks and playgrounds have functioned as vital social networking tools and places of reprieve from the city and home. When networked, these parks have the capability to provide and enhance transferences of the social ethos, strengthening bonds and establishing new ones. These peer-to-peer relationships, while often ignored, are a necessity to communities of any scale and location. Research has shown small open spaces to not only provide the infrastructural benefits, but also health benefits of lowering blood pressure, decreasing fear and anger and contributing to the education of children.

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This Week in Landscape | 28 July 2013

Another week in landscape links when food and farming (horizontal and vertical) are in the news

Vertical Farm at Ohare Airport

Chicago O’Hare Airport Vertical Farm | Flickr User chip_munk1

The Next Trend In Landscape Design: Foodscapes | Sustainable Business
“As food security becomes a bigger issue, landscape designers are being encouraged to change their focus from aesthetics to edible fruits and vegetables.” Article responding to
Eating the Landscape: Aesthetic Foodscape Design and its role in Australian Landscape Architecture [pdf] by Joshua Zeunert

The futuristic vertical farms that could solve Hong Kong’s space shortage | Sofia Mitra-Thakur | South China Morning Post
“As populations in China and Hong Kong grow and space for farming rapidly runs out, governments are looking for the answer to the question of how they will feed swelling ranks of people.”

In the future, we will all be home gardeners [future of home living] | PSFK
Riley’s company Windowfarms makes vertical hydroponic platforms for growing food in city windows.

Tending Vertical Gardens | Costance Rosenblum | NY Times
“These leafy expanses, sometimes flecked with flowers, can evoke anything from a tropical jungle to a Monet landscape. But because gardens were intended to be horizontal, not vertical, and because water, left to its own devices, flows down, not sideways, they are challenging to maintain.”

The Scale of Performance: Investigating a Range of Landscape Projects and Benefits | John Whalen, MLA Candidate and Jinki Kim, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign | Landscape Architecture Foundation
“Our team is working at three locations that vary substantially in size and project type, thus creating very interesting and distinct research questions regarding social, environmental and economic benefits.”

The Best Defense Against Catastrophic Storms: Mother Nature | Elizabeth Rauer | Stanford Woods
The study, published in the journal Nature Climate Change, offers the first comprehensive map of the entire U.S. coastline that shows where and how much protection communities get from natural habitats such as sand dunes, coral reefs, sea grasses and mangroves.

The Future of Mobility: Greening the Airport | Clare Lyster | Places – Design Observer
“To mitigate the toxicity of glycol-laced stormwater runoff, several north-latitude airports, including Buffalo Niagara International, have installed engineered wetlands…”

Our Public Infrastructure – Out of Sight, Out of Mind? | Gustavo Jacome | Stantec Is..
“As extreme weather events become more frequent, the question keeps coming up: Why can’t our infrastructure handle it? There are a few reasons…..”

How Better Urban Design Makes Us Healthier, Happier, and Sexier | Jeffrey Tumlin | GOOD
What happens when we redesign the human habitat to take walking out of daily life? Over 35 percent of Americans are now clinically obese. That’s partly because of diet, but also because we’ve designed our cities for cars.

IMAGE CREDIT |  Flickr User chip_munk1


Curtin University Place Activation Plan | Perth Australia | PLACE Laboratory

Curtin University has embarked on a massive urban renewal project focused on creating a knowledge city in Perth Western Australia. Code-named Curtin City the project will deliver a new population of students, researchers and residents of up to 70,000 people living and working in Perth’s newest knowledge economy. Connected to the city by the MAX light rail transit, Curtin City will be only minutes from downtown Perth enabling the rapid exchange of business and research ideas.
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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

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