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

This Week In Landscape | 9 June 2013

Garden That Climbs The Stairs by Balmori Associates IMAGE CREDIT Iwan-Baan

‘Garden That Climbs The Stairs’ by Balmori Associates | IMAGE CREDIT | Iwan Baan

This Week in Landscape – your weekly update of landscape links from around the world…..

Meet The 13 Designers On Fast Company’s Most Creative People List | Belinda Lanks | Fast Co. Design
Diana Balmori (Principal – Balmori Associates) made the #3 spot on Fast Company’s 2013 Most Creative People List

ISTANBUL’S AWFUL PLANS | Daniel Jost | Landscape Architecture Magazine
“The bloody protests in Turkey aren’t just about urban design, but it was a plan to redesign Taksim Square that sparked the original demonstrations.”

A Restorative Landscape for Stamford | Will Belcher, RLA | OLIN blog
“Residents gathered for a weekend of festivities along the banks of Mill River, commemorating the long anticipated 14-acre park and river restoration by the Army Corps of Engineers and park design by OLIN”

“Urban Forest” by Jieun Yang and Ji Young Kim | First Street Green
“FIRST STREET GREEN is pleased to announce to the winning proposal for the 2013 PUBLIC SUMMER Pavilion, “Urban Forest” by Jieun Yang and Ji Young Kim. This proposal is currently being reviewed by NYC Parks & Recreation and is pending approval from DPR.”

“THE HIGH LINE’S RESPONSIBLE FOR NEW YORK’S BEST UPCOMING ARCHITECTURE” | Dezeen
“designer Stephen Burks takes us to the High Line and explains how the elevated park is helping to transform the surrounding areas of the city.” (needs to remember the Highline was designed by JCFO not just DSR)

Five Modernist Landscape Architects | G. Ryan Smith | Land 8
“Below are five modernist landscape architects whose work you should be familiar with….”

Exploring Melbourne’s underlying landscape | Zoe Nikakis | The Age
“Different Australian landscapes, the ways in which they came into being and the people who were instrumental in their creation are the focus of Dr Saniga’s book, the first in-depth look at Australian landscape architecture.”

Working in China: A Chat with Barry | Archinect
A chat with Barry Witherspoon, a landscape architect and contributing author at Archinect. Barry has been living and working as an architect in China and talks about his experiences. (version previously appeared in Landscape Architecture Magazine.


Building 877, the Island’s largest non-historic building, was imploded at 7:36 AM on Sunday, June 9. The implosion of Building 877, the tallest non-historic building on Governors Island will open up extraordinary views of the Statue of Liberty. (Watch Video from 22:20)

 

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