This Week In Landscape | 15 June 2014

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Image Credit | Damian Holmes

Berlin celebrates parks and nature with a weekend of 500 events
Stiftung Naturschultz organised the Langer Tag der StadtNatur programme of 500 events over two days (14-15 June) including hiking, green roofs tours, bird watching, bee hive management, midnight walks and more all over the city of Berlin.

ASLA announces 2014 Honors
ASLA announced the annual honors including the ASLA Medal, ASLA Design Medal and more.

From landfill to landscape in Tel Aviv | Ulrike Schleicher | dw.de
Are ugly industrial wastelands a fact of modern life? Peter Latz doesn’t think so. The German landscape architect’s newest project will convert a Tel Aviv landfill into a gigantic public green space.

Anti-homeless spikes are part of a wider phenomenon of ‘hostile architecture’
“”So it’s OK, for example, to sit around as long as you are in a cafe or in a designated place where certain restful activities such as drinking a frappucino should take place but not activities like busking, protesting or skateboarding. It’s what some call the ‘mallification’ of public space, where everything becomes like a shopping mall.”

Tree Experts From Japan Use Century-Old Technique to Save ‘Heritage’ Tree | StateCollege.com
“Outside the Deike building on the Penn State campus, a century-old Japanese maple stands tall and firm, propped up by a slew of new wooden support beams.”

Jorn Langberg’s garden: where green is the new black | Francine Raymond | Telegraph
“What happens to a perfect garden when its creator dies? Some gardeners are lucky enough to have sympathetic heirs to inherit their passion, while others plan ahead and set up trusts to protect their creations. The rest of us just accept that gardens grow and change, and leave our plots in the lap of the gods.”

 

Tel Aviv University creates Lab to study Israel’s urban spaces

The Laboratory for Contemporary Urban Design at Tel Aviv University has a weekly meeting to study the urban spaces to develop an overall picture of how spaces and neighborhoods develop. The group gathers information on the ground and interviews residents for a later group discussion. The Laboratory for Contemporary Urban Design was set up in 2010 with seven members who hotly debate the urban planning of Israel.

If you create the same type of apartment and structure, without variety in the mix of the neighborhood, you in fact produce homogenous social environments. The interaction with ‘the other’ is completely lost.

Read more about The Laboratory for Contemporary Urban Design at Haaretz.com – Deconstructing the city, from inside a lab

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