This Week in Landscape | 12 January 2014

Kallang River Bishan Park | Singapore | Atelier Dreiseitl

Unhappy? Move Near A Park | Shaunacy Ferro | Fast Co. Design
“Moving to more verdant sections of a city, for example, can produce long-lasting mental health benefits, according to a recent study from the American Chemical Society’s Environmental Science & Technology journal. ”

London’s enduring South Bank problem | Rupert Christiansen | Telegraph
“….more radically subversive thought that the QEH and Hayward have become surplus to requirements, and that everyone might ultimately be happier if a friendly bomb were dropped and the hole used for what the South Bank really needs – a piazza or park which could oxygenate an area already over-stuffed with culture.”

Interview with Marion Pressley on Designing with History | J. Green | The Dirt
“One of the hard parts about going into preservation is that most of our academic institutions don’t really teach you enough landscape architectural history to make you an authority on even American landscapes. Forget about European or Asian or any place else.”

Urban problems: ‘With elasticity of space, let cities find their own solutions’ | Atika Rehman | Express Tribune
“We have many cities that will soon become 100 million-people cities, and urban planners and designers can make a big difference to how things evolve in these municipalities.” – Rahul Mehrotra

Redesigning City Streets with a Mobile Phone | Jessica Lowry | GOOD
Key to the Street is a cloud-based service that allows anyone with a mobile device to participate in the design of public spaces.


What European garden designers really think of Britain | Tim Richardson | Telegraph
“Britain has a long and rich tradition of garden design, but how do European designers perceive us, where do we stand on the world stage – and are we obsessed with roses?”

Boris Johnson shoots down “fantastically expensive” SkyCycle plan for cycle routes in the sky | Simon MacMichael | road.cc
“It would be fantastically expensive. I don’t actually think as a cyclist it is what the city needs, what we need is more safety measures, we need better roads, we need better protection for cyclists of all kinds, we need better investment in our streets and that’s what we’re doing, and better education for cyclists and lorry drivers.”

Is horticulture a withering field? | Virginia A. Smith | philly.com
“Clearly, horticulture – once a priority, if not an obsession, for generations of Americans – is in trouble. The letter warns that if something isn’t done soon to boost the ranks of plant scientists, breeders, students, and others in the field, horticulture could become a lost art and a forgotten science.”

Gardens: bring back the birch | Dan Pearson | Guardian
“Look up and you will see one of the best things this coming season has to offer in the bare branches. Every tree has its own character – the beech slender and steely”

What’s the Big Idea? Debating the Future of a Great Urban Park | Charles A. Birnbaum | Huffington Post
“America’s 21st century urban parks have the ability to be transformational; and when a design embraces the unique qualities of a given site, it can deepen the public’s understanding and value of our shared landscape heritage, ”

 

 

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