This Week in Landscape | 16 December 2012

Links from around world to do with landscape architecture
Landscape architects envision a greener Chinatown | Sara Lewis | Greater Greater Washington
“How could Chinatown be a greener and more livable neighborhood? Designers from the American Society of Landscape Architects and Fuss & O’Neill created a vision for an inter-connected series of green “complete streets,”….”

An Online Tool for Calculating Flood Risk | NY Times
After Hurricane Sandy struck this fall, many home and business owners who had not previously gauged their flood risks turned to the government-run Web site FloodSmart.

Architecture “no longer interested in anything but its own image” | Dezeen
“the way architecture is consumed through websites like Dezeen is “utterly disastrous”, according to UK critic Owen Hatherley”

Building a Better Christmas Tree | Michael Tortorello | NY Times
A SEVEN-FOOT evergreen will bear 350,000 needles, more or less. And if Gary Chastagner has his way this holiday season, precious few of them will end up on the parlor floor.

Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics and Green Economy in Focus During UNEP Meeting with Government of Russia
From continued cooperation on the environmental sustainability of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, to the challenges facing the Arctic, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

QUT 2012 End of Year Exhibition_Landscape Architecture_First Year_Semester 1 from t lenigas on Vimeo.

UNEP and EU Sign Partnership for Sustainable Cities and Regions

Copenhagen | IMAGE CREDIT: Flickr user madsflash

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the European Union’s Committee of the Regions (CoR) recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding, signalling a new phase of cooperation between the two institutions. The agreement sets out a framework for strong cooperation with the shared goal of achieving a sustainable future. Both institutions agreed to prioritise five areas namely: multilevel environmental governance; green economy and resource efficiency; climate change mitigation and adaptation; biodiversity and ecosystems management; and decentralised cooperation for development. It reinforces both institutions belief that there is a need to strengthen the role of local and regional authorities within the policy-decision making process if this objective is to be achieved.
Continue reading UNEP and EU Sign Partnership for Sustainable Cities and Regions

Soils management will be key to food, water and climate security | UNEP

Image Credit: Flickr User Soil Science

UNEP has just released the United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP) Year Book 2012  and it highlights assessments indicating that some kinds of conventional and intensive agriculture are triggering soil erosion rates some 100 times greater than the rates at which nature can form soil in the first place.

There could also be profound implications for climate change. Soils contain huge quantities of carbon in the form of organic matter that in turn binds the nutrients needed for plant growth and allows rainfall to penetrate into underground aquifers. By 2030, without changes in the way land is managed, over 20 per cent of terrestrial habitats such as forests, peatlands and grasslands in developing countries alone could be converted to cropland aggravating losses of vital ecosystem services and biodiversity.

Continue reading Soils management will be key to food, water and climate security | UNEP

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