This Week in Landscape | 26 January 2014

WLA’s weekly list of news, information related to landscape architecture

Yale Urban Ecosystem Services Symposium was held this week with the Keynote by NYC Deputy Mayor Caswell Holloway – “How can ecosystem services help build sustainable, resilient cities?” after the keynote there were four panels on Urban Micro-Climate, Green Infrastructure and Stormwater, Coastal Protection, Sea Level Rise, & Hurricanes, The Use and Stewardship of Multifunctional Landscapes. The above video includes the keynote and you can watch the panel discussions on the Yale Urban Ecosystem Services Symposium livestream page.

With University’s Help, New Park on Harlem River Is a Marshland Sanctuary | Lisa W. Foderaro | New York Times
“Called Muscota Marsh, the park was built by Columbia University, in collaboration with the parks department, on an acre of land on the Harlem River near the university’s Baker Field.”

Former NFL player turned landscape designer Eddie George is judge in new reality TV show | Beth Harris | The Republic
Has USA landscape architecture found its Jamie Oliver? “This opportunity presented itself for me not only to show the talents of a landscape architect, but also to be creative,” George said.

Soils: The Measure of Moisture | James Urban | Landscape Architecture Magazine
“Most projects don’t have a soil scientist as a consultant, which leaves landscape architects to make important field decisions during construction. We need to specify soil moisture as part of the process of installing and compacting soils, and managing soil moisture is a critical part of plant establishment afterward.”

Interior Designers of Canada honors Landscape architect Cornelia Hahn Oberlander
On February 20, 2014, Interior Designers of Canada (IDC) and the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) will present landscape architect, Cornelia Hahn Oberlander with the prestigious 2014 IDC/IIDA Leadership Award of Excellence, an award that recognizes outstanding contributions to the design profession.

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This Week In Landscape | 25 August 2013

Another week of great landscape architecture content for this week reading….

Ideas to build on | Corydon Ireland | Harvard Gazette
Reed called the Flux City projects “speculative.” To date, many American responses to sea level rise have fallen into two camps: “Evacuate or build a bigger wall,” he said. “Maybe there are other ways.”

charles jencks’ cells of life is a manmade landscape | designboom
levels of smooth grassy planes stack atop each other in ‘cells of life’ — a monumental, on-site land installation conceived by american artist charles jencks for jupiter artland.

QueensWay Park Project Reaches Funding, Planning Milestones | Jennifer Maloney | WSJ
The effort to transform a 3½-mile stretch of abandoned railway tracks in Queens into a park reminiscent of Manhattan’s High Line has reached two milestones: Organizers have raised $1 million for the design and planning phase and next week they will launch a feasibility study spearheaded by two New York firms.

Rethinking Rivers: Exploring the Benefits of Ecologically-Based River Management | Shanna Atherton | Landscape Architecture Foundation
Restoring natural processes to degraded or heavily managed river systems while respecting human needs is no easy feat, but this summer the Case Study Investigation (CSI) program gave our research team the opportunity to look at three projects that have done just that.

Bringing Back the Night: The Fight Against Light Pollution | Paul Bogard | Yale enivironment 360
“As evidence mounts that excessive use of light is harming wildlife and adversely affecting human health, new initiatives in France and elsewhere are seeking to turn down the lights that flood an ever-growing part of the planet.”

Is there such thing as good urban sprawl? | Paul Brown | ABC
“MODERN PLANNERS ARE designing compact cities, believing tightly controlled zones are better for the environment. but new research suggests the opposite: urban sprawl might be a better option”

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STUDENT PROJECT | The future of an adaptive ‘Afsluitdijk’ | De Afsluitdijk The Netherlands | Monique Sperling


De Afsluitdijk is an iconic dam which represents the Dutch way of living with, and struggling against the water. From 1932 De Afsluitdijk protects the hinterland against flooding and made it possible to construct new polders. The nearly straight line of 32 kilometres long, 90 meters wide is located in the open sea.
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VIDEO | Susannah Drake | “Resilient Urban Environments”

Susannah Drake, “Resilient Urban Environments” from D-Crit on Vimeo.

Susannah Drake, the Principal of dlandstudio recently gave a lecture at the D-Crit (Design Criticism Department), School of Visual Arts in New York.

“In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the topics of sea level rise and storm surge have never been so relevant. Susannah Drake, the Principal of dlandstudio, will discuss how landscape architecture and good environmental design can create new infrastructure systems that will result in more resilient cities and improved biodiversity. Drake will also argue how data visualization can improve understanding about the financial incentives of good environmental design, and help untangle the bureaucratic web surrounding complex jurisdictional environments.” Video Description Excerpt

Video 1hr 13mins (Drake lecture 4:45)

This Week in Landscape | 2 December 2012

this weeks landscape links from around the world

The Green Team Part 5: Tree Tag…You’re It! | Lisa DuRussel | Metropolis Magazine
….there comes a time when a landscape architect moves out from behind her drawing set, turns off AutoCAD, and heads out to a nursery.

New York City AIDS Memorial Approved by Landmarks | Jeremiah Budin | Curbed NY
..The future New York City AIDS Memorial at St. Vincent’s Hospital Park, the agreed upon design from Studio a + i received no opposition from the Landmarks Preservation Commission….

Do Landscape Architects Need to Open Up the Conversation? | Darryl Jones| DIRT
Howe wrapped things up with, “this is a navel we have been picking for generations.” Sensing some unrest from the mostly young audience, Hough declared, “we are the status quo,” referring to himself and the other panelists, “it’s up to you to change the conversation.”

Removal of design from school curriculum is “insanity” – Neville Brody | Dezeen
The creative industries need high-quality creative graduates. If we’re not getting the graduates, we’re not going to sustain the industry,” said Brody.

US coastal cities in danger as sea levels rise faster than expected, study warns | Grantham Research Institute and Duncan Clark | Guardian
Sea-level rise is occurring much faster than scientists expected – exposing millions more Americans to the destructive floods produced by future Sandy-like storms, new research suggests.

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