Chutes and Tires | ATLAS Lab

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The importance of usable open space has been well documented at various times and at various places throughout the world. For centuries small parks and playgrounds have functioned as vital social networking tools and places of reprieve from the city and home. When networked, these parks have the capability to provide and enhance transferences of the social ethos, strengthening bonds and establishing new ones. These peer-to-peer relationships, while often ignored, are a necessity to communities of any scale and location. Research has shown small open spaces to not only provide the infrastructural benefits, but also health benefits of lowering blood pressure, decreasing fear and anger and contributing to the education of children.

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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 | 28 October 2012

Landscape links from around the world this week

Jane Jacobs Defends Urbanism in 1960s New York City Planning | WNYC
A 1962 audio recording of Jane Jacobs, at a Books and Authors Luncheon, explains her current role as a community leader in the fight against what she views as the excesses and excrescences of the arrogant Modernist redesign of city neighborhoods.

Urban forestry project creates jobs | Ear to the Ground
DNR-managed projects can provide jobs and supplement the efforts of volunteers

A Peek Inside The Sad And Artificial World Of Zoo Habitats | Cliff Kuang | Fast Co Design
Zoos are inherently bizarre. The sheer thrill of seeing strange and exotic beasts is often tempered by the reality of the strange and artificial environments they’re kept in, raising the question: Can they really be happy hanging out in those habitats?

The Green Team: Part 4 – Planting for the future | Metropolis Magazine | Zeina Zahalan
Mathews Nielsen latest installment at Metropolis Magazine about the importance of planting correctly.

Keeping the winter landscape interesting | Michele Lerner | Washington Times
…options are more limited in winter. Instead, experts recommend planning for the season in advance.

Sustainable urban infrastructure key as African cities grow | Megan Wait | Engineering News
African cities would grow nearly three times faster than the global average over the next three-and-a-half decades, highlighting the need for efficient, effective and environmentally sustainable urban infrastructure development.