This Week In Landscape | 15 September 2013

WLA’s weekly summary of built environment news

How urban planners’ bid to impose order on cities is compromised | Jonathan Foyle | FT
“We like to think we are free agents, entitled to some individual expression in our built environment. But if world history is one long stumble towards emancipation, are planned cities – the imposition of urban order in which a single design process dictates the pattern of our lives – really a good idea?”

Forget forests, an urban jungle is what we need | Neil Hudson | Yorkshire Evening Post
“Various studies have shown that if you stand in patch of greenery for just three minutes, you can lower your blood pressure. Other studied have proved a link between healing rates and people being given access to trees.”

ASLA Launches New Guide on Health Benefits of Nature | J.Green | The Dirt
A new online guide launched today by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) showcases the long- and short-term mental and physical health benefits of spending time outside.

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Final National Mall Designs go on display

Final National Mall Designs go on display

Sylvan Theater | OLIN + Weiss/Manfredi

The Trust for the National Mall will exhibit the final design concepts of the  National Mall Design Competition from Monday, April 9 through Sunday, April 15. The concepts will be displayed  for public viewing and comment at the Smithsonian Castle and the National Museum of American History. The concepts, created by the country’s top designers, re-envision three prominent National Mall locations:  Constitution Gardens, Sylvan Theater on the Washington Monument Grounds and Union Square.

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