The USEPA’s Office of Water is pleased to announce the 2nd annual Campus RainWorks Challenge for college and university students. Once again, EPA is inviting student teams to design an innovative green infrastructure project for their campus showing how managing stormwater at its source can benefit the campus community and the environment.
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U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently launched REBUILD BY DESIGN, a multi-stage regional design competition. The goal of the competition is to attract world-class talent, promote innovation and develop projects that will actually be built. Once the best ideas are identified, HUD will incentivize their implementation using funds made available through the Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) program as well as other public and private funds. Examples of design solutions are expected to range in scope and scale – from large-scale green infrastructure to small-scale residential resiliency retrofits.
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Today, the BMW Guggenheim Lab announced the publication of 100 Urban Trends: A Glossary of Ideas from the two BMW Guggenheim Labs held in New York and Mumbai. Complementing the Berlin Lab trends published in November 2012, the New York and Mumbai editions round out a series of glossaries showcasing the most talked-about urban trends from the Lab’s three global stops to date, and create a new resource for understanding the way people relate to and live in cities. All three glossaries, which have been written by Lab curator Maria Nicanor, curatorial assistants Amara Antilla and Stephanie Kwai, and the Lab’s resident writer, Christine McLaren, can be accessed online in a dynamic interactive feature designed by Collective Assembly at 100urbantrends.org The glossaries, designed by graphic designers Sulki & Min, are also available on the BMW Guggenheim Lab website.
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Susannah Drake, “Resilient Urban Environments” from D-Crit on Vimeo.
Susannah Drake, the Principal of dlandstudio recently gave a lecture at the D-Crit (Design Criticism Department), School of Visual Arts in New York.
“In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the topics of sea level rise and storm surge have never been so relevant. Susannah Drake, the Principal of dlandstudio, will discuss how landscape architecture and good environmental design can create new infrastructure systems that will result in more resilient cities and improved biodiversity. Drake will also argue how data visualization can improve understanding about the financial incentives of good environmental design, and help untangle the bureaucratic web surrounding complex jurisdictional environments.” Video Description Excerpt
Video 1hr 13mins (Drake lecture 4:45)
Landscape links from around the world during this week
Noble but different professions | Letter to the Editor | Washington Post
Referring to a landscape architect as a “landscaper” is akin to calling an architect a carpenter. Both are noble professions, but they’re not the same.
Dieback ‘not necessarily the end’ for Britain’s native ash trees | Landscape Institute
The government admits that it needs to improve biosecurity including import controls, and generate more public engagement in helping diagnose and tackle disease through “citizen science” projects such as the AshTag app.
Are urban environments best for an ageing population? | Tim Smedley | Guardian
For an ageing society to function there needs to be a movement back to the cities
Swallowing Rain Forest, Cities Surge in Amazon | Simon Romero | New York Times
The torrid expansion of rain forest cities is visible in places like Parauapebas, which has changed in a generation from an obscure frontier settlement with gold miners and gunfights to a sprawling urban area with an air-conditioned shopping mall……
Architecture Billings Index Positive for Third Straight Month
Billings at architecture firms accelerated to their strongest pace of growth since December 2010.
Some Parks Still Closed from Sandy Damage | 4 New York
The Parks Department says 88 percent of parks have reopened and that they have made a lot of progress, but there are some parks citywide that are still closed. RELATED: Check out NYC Parks Notices for latest park closure notices.