This Week in Landscape | 10 August 2014

Postindustrial Landscapes from Kelly Flanagan on Vimeo.
“This is a short clip of a longer documentary on the Architectural Association Visiting School’s workshop at the Academy of Art University’s School of Architecture exploring Postindustrial Landscapes. During this 10 day intensive workshop, students and instructors designed a flying object with remote censoring to experience an elevated space at Ocean Beach in San Francisco.”

The Need to Develop Flora and Fauna Biometric Tools for Urban Planning | Dr. Mark Hostetler | The Nature of Cites
“…we have a plethora of empirical data that suggests how various urban designs would impact various species. However, these studies have not affected actual planning decisions in most cities (there are exceptions of course).”

Can the Architectural Competition Be Revived? | Angela Fedele | Sourceable
“The panelists noted architectural competitions could evolve into a tender process – one that would make governments happy but could limit the opportunity for the industry in general and emerging professionals and firms in particular.”

SITES Program Certifies Sustainable Landscape Projects from Seattle to Atlanta | SITES
“The Sustainable Sites Initiative™ (SITES™) program has certified four new landscapes, including a pocket park in Washington state, a mixed-use development in northern California, a historic Civil-War era preserve in New York, and the headquarters of an architecture firm in Georgia.”

Pedestrian etiquette, gormless phone users, and the rise of the ‘meanderthal’ | Tim Waterman | The Conversation
Simple street etiquette could improve safety and comfort for all, and save millions in signage, policing, separation of traffic, and various other complex and expensive means of regulating public space.

Rules don’t define quality architecture | David Killick | Stuff
“Perhaps a key step to creating a more attractive neighbourhood is to identify the main elements: aesthetics, heritage and context, efficient use of space, good connections, consideration of the natural environment, and energy use, to name just a few.”

Will Toronto’s ambitious push to grow its urban canopy pay off? | Kat Sieniuc | Globe & Mail
“If you take down a tree in Toronto, you’ll be required to plant new trees to replenish the urban forest. But how many saplings does it take to fill the place of a mature tree?”