This Week in Landscape | 1 December

After a two week hiatus as WLA was travelling for 2013 ASLA meeting in Boston – we are back to a normal schedule…

Olmsted, the Boston years | Kevin Hartnett | Boston Globe
“IN THE LATE 1870s, New York’s loss was Boston’s gain: Frederick Law Olmsted, renowned for designing Central Park but then booted from the Big Apple, landed in Brookline.”

Bank of Canada renewal plan stirs controversy | Maria Cook | Ottawa Citizen
“The bank plans to remove the garden and close public access to the courtyard…“This sounds lethal,” says Cornelia Oberlander, a high-profile Vancouver landscape architect”

Creating a more flood resistant Jamiaca Bay | The Forum
“…the City College of New York has landed a $250,000 Rockefeller Foundation grant that will allow it to develop design strategies and improve resiliency in coastal zones subject to flooding. ”

Landscape architects ‘could enable paradigm shift’ in GI alternative to Thames super sewer | Landscape Institute
“Landscape architects could play a key role in the adoption of a less-expensive green infrastructure (GI) alternative to Thames Water’s proposed £4bn ‘super sewer’, the Thames Tideway Tunnel.”

China at Crossroads: Balancing The Economy and Environment | R. Edward Grumbine | Yale e360
“After three decades of unbridled economic growth and mounting ecological problems, China and its new leadership face a key challenge: cleaning up the dirty air, polluted water, and tainted food supplies that are fueling widespread discontent among the country’s burgeoning middle class.”

Changes sought in urban design to fight street sexual harassment | Times of India
“Tweaking urban infrastructure can often go a long way in creating safer cities and curbing street sexual harassment. As crimes against women rise disturbingly in Mumbai, activists say, it may be high time that this tweaking is undertaken.”

Back To Nature: Designing The City For Play | Sourceable
Adelaide firm Swanbury Penglase Architects has proposed a multi-million dollar natural playground for the city’s south parklands.

TCLF Hits a Home Run in Boston | The Cultural Landscape Foundation
“On Saturday and Sunday, TCLF’s annual Silent Auction drew active and aggressive bidding for works by more than sixty artists and practitioners.”