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 | 10 March 2013

Laurie Olin Receives Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal in Architecture | OLIN blog
Founding Partner Laurie Olin has been honored by the University of Virginia and the Thomas Jefferson Foundation with the 2013 Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal in Architecture.

2013 CSI Firms and Projects Announced | Landscape Architecture Foundation
“A total of 20 design firms and 24 projects have been selected for LAF’s 2013 Case Study Investigation (CSI) program.CSI is a unique research collaboration that matches LAF-funded faculty-student research teams with leading practitioners to document the benefits of exemplary high-performing landscape projects.”

15 Beautiful New York City Trees (And Why They Matter) | Hana Alberts | Curbed NY
“This project, Swett told us, is an homage not only to the physical beauty of some of the city’s underappreciated flora but also trees’ symbolic value”

Wooing Suburban Drivers With Cheap Parking: A Losing Strategy for Cities | Angie Schmitt | Streets Blog
“There may be nothing sadder than distressed cities trying to compete with the suburbs by adding more parking spaces.”

A Wave of Public Art for New York City | Carol Vogel | NY Times
“All around New York City plans are quietly proceeding for this season’s new crop of public art.”

Something Fishy About London’s Most Innovative Urban Farm | Joe Peach | this big city
Kate Hofman and Tom Webster are planning what they call ‘London’s most innovative urban farm’ made from a greenhouse on top of a shipping container.

Multitasking Infrastructures: A Conversation with Sheila Kennedy and Veit Kugel | Urban Omnibus
“The RFP for the landings called for inter-modal passenger terminals and shelters, commuter ferry boat docking facilities, site improvements, and community amenities as a means to encourage public use of the East River waterfront…”

Rooftop to Tabletop: Repurposing Urban Roofs for Food Production

City Farmer has posted an abstract of  Rooftop to Tabletop: Repurposing Urban Roofs for Food Production written by Benjamin Engelhard as his Thesis for Master of Landscape Architecture at University of Washington. The Thesis gives a some background to rooftop agriculture and green roofs and has some great case studies from different parts of the USA. I haven’t had time to read the full document but have put it in my reading list. You can download a full copy of the Rooftop to Tabletop: Repurposing Urban Roofs for Food Production at Cityfarmer.

New Orleans Urban Farm hits red tape

The Viet Village Urban Farm is an integral part of  the rebuilding the community in New Orleans but has hit red tape. The CDC purchased land for the Urban Farm but the land has been disignated by the Army Corp to be ‘jurisdictional’ wetlands which would require the CDC to purchase over $300,000 in environmental credits. They are now looking at other options for the planned Urban Farm that requires $5-6million for Phase I and II.

Read more about the Viet Village Urban Farm at NOLA.com

Growers’ markets taking root in inner Sydney

Central Sydney(Newspaper) reports

“The plan is to make Chippendale into an urban farm with food available where we live and work and even growing vines on otherwise hot empty walls,” Mr Mobbs said.

Meanwhile, more than half the land used by Sydney’s market gardens is likely to disappear under developers bulldozers in the next 20 years, a NSW Government report has found.

Read more at the [SOURCE: Central Sydney(Newspaper) - Growers’ markets taking root in inner Sydney]

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