VIDEO: How to create edible landscapes in your community

Pam Warhurst is the Chair of the Board of the Forestry Commission gives a passionate TED presentation about edible landscapes in which she highlights how simple it is to get communities mobilised growing their own food in public and privates spaces.
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This Week in Landscape | 24 June 2012

This weeks round-up of landscape news from around the web.

 Sustainability without fanfare | Thomas R. Tavella, FASLA | Sustainable Industries
Landscape architecture has quietly employed sustainable principles for decades.

The Real High Line Effect: A Transformational Triumph of Preservation and Design | Charles A. Birnbaum | Huffington Post
Charles A. Birnbaum (The Cultural Landscape Foundation) blog post.  “Several cities are looking at their own long disused sections of track, hoping they can literally replicate New York’s success. Perhaps, but that narrow interpretation ignores the confluence of unique factors that made New York’s High Line an instant classic.”

Can You Get People To Walk More, Simply With Smart Signage? | Jordan Kushins | Fast Co Design
The successful Kickstarter campaign hopes handy signs will get people walking.

A lesson from a great architect | Seth Godin
If you don’t get it built, the work doesn’t matter.

 MONO LAKE | Michael Light | Venue
…fly around the shores of Mono Lake, California, with celebrated aerial photographer

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This Week in Landscape | 17 June 2012

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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SUSTAIN: Vancouver – Sustainability key to growth of future cities

On April 9 the one day conference SUSTAIN: Vancouver was held at Vancouver Art Gallery

SUSTAIN: Vancouver explores this corner of the world as a model for a larger dialogue about how to shape our experience of the urban and consider meaningful ways of living together for the years to come. From farming to architecture, to new technology, to grassroots activism, this day of conversations looks at how creative and critical practices share varied understandings of the contemporary reality and anticipate different paradigms for the future.’

Speakers included academics and design professionals from North America. The conference was reported by the Chinese New Agency – Xinhua which gave some interesting excerpts from the conference including Kelty Miyoshi McKinnon, Principal of Phillips Farevaag Smallenberg (PFS)

“I think there needs to be a larger sustainable strategy in place for looking at kinds of cultural infrastructures, historical infrastructures of the city and how you can incorporate that into new development. I think it is possible to achieve density and maintain those crucial historical elements of the city,”

The Xinhua article gives a good overview but I hope that more appears in the media and on video sites.

APA Announces Sustaining Places Initiative at World Urban Forum

American Planning Association (APA) President Bruce Knight, FAICP, at the United Nation’s Fifth World Urban Forum (WUF) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil announced the Sustaining Places Initiative will focus on the role of planning in addressing the entire set of human settlement issues relating to sustainability.

The initiative will establish a Sustaining Places Task Force that will focus on the use of the comprehensive plan as the leading policy document and tool to help communities of all sizes achieve sustainability. Work of the task force will include a survey of existing best practices, evolving needs and practices and the ways in which practices should change in the future in order for the comprehensive plan to better achieve its role as the leading policy document.

A Sustaining Places Day will be held during APA’s Federal Policy and Program Briefing in September 2010 that will include collaboration with the American Institute of Architects Challenge 2030 and the American Society of Landscape Architects Sustainable Sites.

[SOURCE: APA]

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