This Week In Landscape | 6 January 2013

The first “This Week In Landscape” for 2013 with weekly links from around the world

Virginia Tech: Light pollution from virginiatech on Vimeo. Short Video (1min 48s).

Exploring Philadelphia’s New “Penn Park” | Sarah Kathleen Peck | landscape urbanism
“A few weeks ago, I had the chance to stop by Philadelphia and the University of Pennsvylania’s new Penn Park, a 23-acre waterfront park woven in between more than five different infrastructural systems and multiple-level land locks.”

Will Biomimicry Offer a Way Forward, Post-Sandy? | Sarah Amandolare | NY Times
“Kapok trees, honeycombs and mangroves are just a few of the naturally occurring features or processes that have informed the designs of buildings from Haiti to South Korea to New York City in recent years.”

ADAPTATION – How can cities be “climate-proofed”? | Eric Klinenberg | New Yorker
PLANNING about “climate-proofing.” For the past decade and a half, governments around the world have been investing in elaborate plans to “climate-proof” their cities

For America’s Cities, The Future can be found in the past | Manuel Cadrecha | ideas+buildings (Perkins Will)
“The city belongs to me long after I left and moved away, and it exists as my home, alive in my imagination.”

Have We Lost the Peace of Park Spaces? | Stephen Plunkard | Stantec is…
“My sense is that, today, we are rarely incorporating quiet spaces into our rural and urban parks. We often program active areas for tots, adolescents, teenagers and now adult/senior playgrounds, but we rarely seem to plan for quiet and contemplative spaces in public, secular venues.”

The Case for Walkability as an Economic Development Tool | Kaid Benfield | Atlantic Cities
“A terrific street redesign is assisting economic development in a southern California community that has suffered from changing economic conditions but is nevertheless seeing significant population growth…”

Top 12 Blogs from Landscape, Architecture and Planning Firms | Walter Communication
A few blogs of landscape architecture and architecture planning firms.

2014 Asian Games Stadium | Incheon South Korea | Populous

2014 Asian Games Stadium | Incheon South Korea | Populous

Populous’ design for the main stadium of the 2014 Asian Games is the integration of architecture and landscape. After the games the stadium will be linked to the surrounding parklands in legacy mode as temporary lightweight eastern stand is removed.
Continue reading 2014 Asian Games Stadium | Incheon South Korea | Populous

4 rivers project facing opposition from green groups

South Korea has recently had a ground breaking for a large scale remaking of the four major rivers known as the Han, Nakdong, Yeongsan and Geum. The project includes dredging of the rivers and construction of dikes, reservoirs and hydro-dams whilst creating parks, bikeways, and water recreation areas. This is a major undertaking by South Korea and its President Lee Myung-bak, Lee has a successful track record with rehabilitating rivers as it was during his term as Mayor of Seoul that the successful rehabilitation of 5.8km Cheonggyecheon River occurred.

The Four Rivers Project is expected to cost $19.2 billion USD and is expected to increase the water quality and flood control of the rivers which are somewhat polluted. 400 green groups have filed suit against the project to halt its progress based on environmental grounds including disruption to the ecosystem. The political opposition have joined with the green groups in opposing the project, however the government has countered that thorough environmental studies show minimal distrubance will occur and project will bring great economic benefits to the region.

SOURCES: The Chosun Ilbo – 4-Rivers Project Passes Nat’l Assembly Committee
Arirang – Groundbreaking Ceremony for 4 River Restoration Project Held
New York Times – River Project Fuels Competing Claims of Green

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