This Week in Landscape | May 19 2013

After a two week break, This Week in Landscape is back with the landscape links from this week.

Tree planted in memory to Olympic architect | ITV
A large oak tree will be planted in memory of John Hopkins, who was responsible for the London 2012 parklands, transforming an urban corner of east London into an ecological park. The oak tree will be planted in heart of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, in the newly named Hopkins Field.

With Security, Trade Center Faces New Isolation | David W. Dunlap | NY Times
“…neighbors and planners worry that the trade center will once again feel cut off from its surroundings, a place where security credentials prevail, traffic is unwelcome and every step is scrutinized,”

Public gardens: A new model blossoms | Adrian Higgins | Washington Post
Brady is a Washington-based landscape architect who has spent much of the past five years working on the garden[New York Botanical Garden’s new native plant garden] with her colleagues at Oehme van Sweden Landscape Architects — OvS — alongside a team at the botanic garden.

Landscape Designer Margie Ruddick Brings a New Meaning to Green Design | Smithsonian.com
The Smithsonian interviews Margie Ruddick winner of the 2013 National Design Award

The ultimate roof garden | Francine Raymond | Telegraph
“The ultimate outdoor space: The Kensington Roof Gardens”

Human Scale at Hudson Yards | J. Michael Welton | Huffington Post
“More recently, NBW trumped entries by OLIN Partners and Sasaki in a competition for the design of 14 acres of grand parks and open spaces at Hudson Yards in Manhattan…”

CCNY Landscape Architecture thesis project wins Wayne Grace Prize | CCNY
“Chiara Di Palma, a 2012 graduate of the Spitzer School of Architecture’s Master of Landscape Architecture program, proposed a solution that would enable New York’s container ports to receive larger ships. At the same time, it would promote a healthier coastal ecology.”

It’s easy to go green, says local landscape architect Michael Felton | James Qualtrough |Isle News
“In recognition of Green Office Week, which runs from 13th to 17th May 2013, local landscape architect, Michael Felton, is encouraging island businesses to transform their offices into plant friendly, green environments.”

EVENT | Chelsea Garden Show 2013
The RHS 2013 Chelsea Garden Show opens this week celebrating 100 years.

IMAGE CREDIT: Flickr User |  The Department for Culture, Media and Sport

Lamp sculpture on the Kerkplein | Assen The Netherlands | MD Landschapsarchitecten

Lamp sculpture on the Kerkplein | Assen The Netherlands | MD Landschapsarchitecten
Due to its striking appearance, location and composition, the lamp sculpture specially designed for the Kerkplein emphasizes the urban renewal and the new identity of the square.

Continue reading Lamp sculpture on the Kerkplein | Assen The Netherlands | MD Landschapsarchitecten

Transit driven urban development

Streetsblog asks the question Can Transit Expansion Produce Sprawl Like Highways Do? looks at the proposed Silver line in Washington DC and speaks to some experts about the possible sprawl, development of semi-urban enclaves around transit and the difference with park-n-ride.

Read more at Can Transit Expansion Produce Sprawl Like Highways Do? – Streetsblog

Abandoned Jakarta monorail to be revived

Support pillars from Jakarta's stalled monorai...

Image via Wikipedia

The monorail project in Jakarta was abandoned by the developer in 2008 due to legal and financial difficulties, but now the Jakarta Post reports that the project is to be revived.

The Jakarta Post article reports

The project, along with a new mass rapid transit (MRT) system and the revitalization of existing railways, is expected to help solve worsening traffic problems in the capital, Dedy S. Priatna, deputy of infrastructure at the National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas), told reporters Wednesday.

“This March there should be a decision whether [the Jakarta administration] should pay the money [for the initial construction] to Jakarta Monorail. The updated plan to build the monorail should be completed in August,” he said.

“It should be finished by 2015 or 2016,” he added.

Read more at the [SOURCE: Jakarta Post - Abandoned monorail plan to be revived]

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New Oxford Circus opens in London

Europe’s busiest diagonal crossing was unveiled today by London Mayor Boris Johnson following a £5million makeover which has seen Oxford Circus get the X factor.

For the first time ever shoppers will be able to cross the busy intersection diagonally in an ‘X’ as well as straight ahead – meaning the junction will be able to handle double the number of pedestrians and ease overcrowding.

Taking a lead from Tokyo’s famous Shibuya crossing, renowned for allowing large numbers to cross with ease, Oxford Circus, the gateway to London’s premier shopping destination, has had its barriers and street clutter ripped out and remodelled, giving the 200million shoppers and workers that visit annually around 70 per cent more freedom to move around.

SOURCE: Youtube – Tgear2009 (footage from BBC)

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