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
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,