This Week in Landscape | 8 April 2012

This weeks round-up of landscape news from around the web

Five Paradigm Shifts to Enhance a City | Various Contributors | The Tyee
Various panels paradigm from ‘Shift’ – UBC School of Landscape and Architecture’s fall lecture series

Does Poor Urban Planning Contribute to Crime in Gurgaon? | Raka Choudhury | India Realtime-WSJ
In Gurgaon, despite the excitement and energy of economic boom-time, the quality of life of urban residents is constantly challenged by poor planning.

Lily Jencks on Landscape Design | Susanna Sirefman| Wall Street Journal 
The rising young star of landscape design on low-fuss plants, Chinese gardens and her mother’s extraordinary legacy

A path to gardens’ renewal | TBO.COM
More talk of repairing Kiley Gardens in Tampa Bay (designed by Dan Kiley)

Controversy brewing over Counterbalance Park | Queen Anne View
Finished park (designed by Murase Associates) about to be ruined by committee – what all landscape architects dread

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SLANT AWARDS SPRING 2012 Competition

SLANT AWARDS SPRING 2012 Competition and this competition is open to all, with the challenge being to design a concept plan for a city sector which is undergoing urban renewal. As in our previous competitions we want participants to have as free a hand as possible when designing this project; therefore we are keeping the brief and the entry requirements to a minimum.

The city in question is not a real city, it has been designed solely for this competition, and its location is not being specified.
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Sasaki Associates awarded APA National Planning Excellence Award for a Planning Firm

“The Tomorrow Plan” Regional Sustainable Plan for Central Iowa - Ongoing, to be completed in early 2013

Sasaki Associates, Inc.; Watertown, Massachusetts has been awarded the 2012 National Planning Excellence Award for a Planning Firm by the  American Planning Association (APA).

Sasaki has received the 2012 American Planning Association’s National Planning Excellence Award for a Planning Firm. Sasaki has been recognized for the enduring high quality of our project work and for our leadership in charting the future of planning, including a significant commitment to sustainable design practices.

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Planners: Break the mould and make Kolkata futuristic

At the symposium for the 2035 Kolkata Metropolitan Area (KMA) perspective plan, an agenda was set for a more holistic development plan, decision makers and planning professionals from Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai and Kolkata urged KMDA to look at the planning process afresh and take a bold approach even if it didn’t fit into the eco-political context of the day. At the end of the daylong deliberation, KMDA chief executive Vivek Bharadwaj was convinced that economy, ecology and governance needed to be embraced for Kolkata to emerge as a metropolis with global aspirations.

Read more: Break the mould and make Kolkata futuristic: Planners – The Times of India

Tel Aviv University creates Lab to study Israel’s urban spaces

The Laboratory for Contemporary Urban Design at Tel Aviv University has a weekly meeting to study the urban spaces to develop an overall picture of how spaces and neighborhoods develop. The group gathers information on the ground and interviews residents for a later group discussion. The Laboratory for Contemporary Urban Design was set up in 2010 with seven members who hotly debate the urban planning of Israel.

If you create the same type of apartment and structure, without variety in the mix of the neighborhood, you in fact produce homogenous social environments. The interaction with ‘the other’ is completely lost.

Read more about The Laboratory for Contemporary Urban Design at Haaretz.com – Deconstructing the city, from inside a lab

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