Urban Food Jungle | AECOM

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Our rapidly urbanizing world is faced with a very real challenge — supporting a larger population with fewer resources. The UN reports that by 2050, the global population will swell to 9.1 billion — with 6.3 billion people predicted to live in urban areas.  This unprecedented urban growth requires a novel approach to alleviate food scarcity, and a shift in preconceptions about what the urban fabric can offer.  The re-imagining of cities as a bastion for urban agriculture has spurred a number of provocative designs.  While many of the schemes succeed in bringing food production closer to where it’s consumed, they are still too energy inefficient to serve as viable models. Continue reading Urban Food Jungle | AECOM

This Week In Landscape | 30 June 2013

Your weekly landscape links from around the world….

“Lines in Four Directions in Flowers” Recognized by the Public Art Network | OLIN
“It’s been just over one year since Lines in Four Directions in Flowers opened to the public on the west lawn of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.”

Mohsen Mostafavi: an ethical future | Harvard GSD
“He was in Bangalore earlier this month to give a talk about his concept of “ecological urbanism.” Read an interview he gave to theTimes of India.”

Manufactured Landscapes | Dora Sapunar | Metropolis Magazine
“Of the many associations we link to Le Corbusier, his connection with landscape is probably not the first one that comes to mind. ”

Eight Imaginative Projects Reusing Infrastructure in Cities | This Big City
New exhibition launched this week by the Boston Society of Architects called Reprogramming the City: Opportunities for Urban Infrastructure.

Rediscovering nature | Jerasulem Post
After 16 years of campaigning, the once derelict piece of public land is now a lively green oasis. As far back as 2000, the then mayor of Tel Aviv promised to set aside the land for a park, but progress was slow.

Want to Be a Creative Leader? Look to the Garden | Tim Brown CEO at IDEO | Linkedin
“Over the years, I’ve given a lot of thought to what gardening, design, and creative leadership have in common.”

Citi Bike Is Changing My Life. How Will It Change New York? | Dan Frommer | Linkedin
“Citi Bike has already changed my life. I’ve now lived here for almost 8 years, and after riding zero blocks on bikes the entire time I’d been here, I’ve now travelled 53 miles on Citi Bikes over the past month….”

How To Decide What Ideas To Prototype | Jake Knapp | Fast Co Design
“At this point in a design sprint, you’ve got a lot of ideas down on paper. You’ve explored the problem, generated a ton of solutions, and looked around at how other companies are solving similar problems.”

Urban Agriculture: 8 Landscape Architecture Firms Leading the Way | Abbagail Taddei | Land 8
“There are few landscape architecture firms today that can say Urban Agriculture Design is on their shortlist of services offered.”

Landscaping to Attract Birds: How to Keep our Feathered Friends Plump and Happy | Sublime Garden Design
“Whether you have a 2 acre parcel of land or a 3000 sq foot lot, any garden can be planted to attract and feed birds.”

Creating a vertical garden | Marissa  Hermanson | Richmond Magazine
“Whether you’re tight on gardening space or are just looking to create a planting arrangement that is visually unique, vertical gardens are a quirky, fun way to display your verdant friends.”

This Week In Landscape | 31 March 2013

Easter Egg Hunt | Covent Garden | IMAGE CREDIT Martin Pettitt

Experimental Landscapes: Alexander Felson on Ecology and Design | Urban Omnibus
Alexander Felson, an assistant professor at Yale in both the School of Foresty & Environmental Studies and the School of Architecture, is a different kind of urban ecologist.

Data Farming: Demonstrating the Benefits of Urban Agriculture | Kyle Rogler | This Big City
“Finding available land for an urban farm is only half of the battle. The other half involves changing local zoning laws, influencing political opinion, garnering economic support, and proving the project will have a net benefit to a community.”

Michael Hough brought ecology to the cityscape | Alex Bozikovic | Globe & Mail
Mr. Hough, who died in January at 84, spent his career in pursuit of this ideal – the integration of cities with natural system

Greenway to be Built at Water Reclamation Plant by the L.A. River | Carren Jao | KCET
“Every little bit counts, especially when it comes to open space. If all goes according to plan, this June, Angelenos will be welcoming another greenway right by the Los Angeles River.”

Seismic Signals: an interview with Ken Goldberg | Venue
“The Hayward Fault runs through the center of the UC Berkeley campus, famously splitting the university’s football stadium in half from end to end.”

Sevilla, Spain: City of Tile and Stone | A Landscape Architect and a Passport
Another post from A Landscape Architect and a Passport by William “Drew” Langston

IMAGE CREDIT | Flickr User | Martin Pettit

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This Week in Landscape | 24 March 2013

Landscape links from around world published in the last week

What is a Landscape Architect? | Katrina | Exscapes
“America isn’t keeping up with advances in planning issues and sustainable design. Businesses should be soaking up all the landscape architects they can. Many are also giving up their title because it is expensive to maintain a practicing license and many are not able to keep up with it due to layoffs.”

From Parking Lot to Paradise – the Revenge of Urban Agriculture | Charles Birnbaum | The Cultural Landscape Foundation
“Today, however, we have home food production, urban farming, productive gardens, or whatever else you might want to call this movement – and it’s hot.”

The Fearless Grady Clay | Daniel Jost | Landscape Architecture Magazine
“Few journalists have had a greater impact on the field of landscape architecture than Grady Clay, Honorary ASLA, who died on Sunday at the age of 96. He was the editor of this magazine for nearly a quarter century—from 1960 to 1984.”

Out now: Topos 82, About Landscape
Latest edition of Topos Magazine – “All around the world people associate something different with the term landscape.”

Faculty Wins Minneapolis Creative City Challenge | LSU – Robert Reich Landscape School of Landscape Architecture 
Director and Associate Professor Bradley Cantrell working with Invivia + urbainDRC won the Minneapolis Creative City Challenge with their proposal: The Minneapolis Interavtive Macro Mood Installation (MIMMI).

New Filipino landscape architects as results of Landscape Architect Licensure Examination announced
The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) announces that 20 out of 31 passed the Landscape Architect Licensure Examination given by the Board of Landscape Architecture in Manila this March 2013.

We Moved! | Landscape Architecture Foundation
In line with the organization’s growth, LAF has moved to a new office in downtown Washington,

This Week in Landscape | 13 January 2013

Another week of landscape links from around the world

L.A. River: From Eyesore to Opportunity | WSJ VIDEO (4mins29s)
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is conducting a study to find ways to restore habitats in and around the Los Angeles River, bringing people and wildlife back to the city’s original source of life

How Google Earth Revealed Chicago’s Hidden Farms | Sarah Zielinski | NPR
“Urban agriculture is sometimes thought of as something new and trendy, but of course people have been growing food in backyards and on vacant land for generations,” Taylor says.

Reviving Europe’s Biodiversity By Importing Exotic Animals | Christian Schwägerl | Yale Environment 360
“Scientists are conducting intriguing — and counterintuitive — experiments at several sites in Germany: Bringing back long-lost herbivores, such as water buffalo, to encourage the spread of native plants that have fared poorly in Europe’s human-dominated landscape.”

NYC is turning 12,000 old parking meters into bike racks | Tyler Falk | Smart Planet
The city’s department of transportation has signed a $2 million contract to turn 12,000 old parking meter poles into bike racks.

Why Floor and Brown Left SmithGroupJJR | Daniel Jost | Landscape Architecture Magazine
An interview with Kristina Floor, FASLA and Chris Brown, FASLA, about leaving SmithGroupJJR after merging 4 years ago.

Winter 2013 Landscape Architecture Walks: Samuel Smith Park- Artificial Ice Trail | OALA
The OALA Social Committee is inviting members join them on Saturday 19 January to a Walk of the award winning Samuel Smith Park- Artificial Ice Trail project (In Toronto) lead by Jim Melvin from PMA Landscape Architects.

Meeting the Northwest Livability Challenge | University of Oregon
School of Architecture and Allied Arts is holding a panel discussion in Portland on Wednesday, January 16.

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