This Week in Landscape | 11 May 2014

Park and Slide Bristol [OFFICIAL VIDEO] from Cinematica Media on Vimeo.

Park and Slide in Bristol by Bristol Artist artist Luke Jerram turned Park Street in Bristol into a water slide! On the 4th May this giant 90m (300ft) water slide as part of Making Sundays Special and the Bristol Art Weekender. 96,573 people signed up for their chance to get a ‘ticket to slide’, through a ballot with only 360 tickets were issued.

The weekly shortlist of landscape architecture links from around the web..
Aspiring to the Trophy Garden | Linda Hales | New York Times
Patience goes with the privilege of territory. As Mr. Reed of MoMA put it, “You could see landscape as a performing art — the slowest of the performance arts.”

Dutch landscape architect wins grant for new type of farm on Malta |
“A landscape architect from Holland has received a grant from the Dutch Creative Industries Fund to implement a project called ‘Fringefarm Malta & Gozo.’ Jos Willemsen developed the ‘fringefarm’ concept to give farmers and other rural entrepreneurs an economic incentive to work towards a greener environment.”

5 landscape designers and architects who pair soil with toil | Julie Earle-Levine | New York Post
Piet Oudolf, Susannah Drake, Raymond Jungles, Julie Farris, Michael Derrig – quick profile for each designer.

Dh6 billion to turn Dubai into ‘green paradise’ by 2025 | Sajila Saseendran | Khaleej Times

“Soft landscaping and the irrigation network in Dubai will get a boost with over Dh6 billion earmarked for them as part of the Dubai Municipality’s efforts to make the emirate a “green paradise” by 2025, officials said on Tuesday.”

Chelsea Flower Show: what influences the Telegraph designers? | Tim Richardson | Telegraph
With the Chelsea Flower show only a couple of weeks away, the Telegraph sits down with its designers to see what has inspired them this year.

Mimicking Nature, New Designs Ease Fish Passage Around Dams | Rebecca Kessler | Yale e360
“This was not your typical fish ladder — narrow concrete, metal, or wood contraptions that look a bit like flooded pedestrian highway overpasses.”

Africa: Urban Planners Skeptical of ‘Smart Cities’ |
““The fantasy designs for African cities win awards,” say the two. “Typically, they nod in the direction of the needs of shack-dwellers and purport to embrace other laudable aims. But the implementation of plans that are unsustainable in the extreme and inappropriate in terms of climate, available infrastructure – particularly power – and affordability, exposes their shortcomings.”

Registrations open for 2014 ASLA Annual Meeting in Denver
The theme of the meeting-“Resilience”- is inherent to how landscape architects are wired, says ASLA President Mark Focht, FASLA, in his invitation

Canberra to host 2016 IFLA Asia Pacific Congress | AILA
“The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects’ (AILA) bid to host the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) 2016 Asia-Pacific Congress in Canberra has been successful.”

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