This Week in Landscape | 13 July 2014

This week’s summary of  landscape news and  information

President Obama on Landscape Architects (Video) | ASLA
President Obama acknowledges landscape architects’ role in rebuilding infrastructure.

Public parks under threat | Landscape Institute
A report from the Heritage Lottery Fund reveals the growing risk of Britain’s parks becoming run down or getting sold.

America’s Leading Design Cities | Richard Florida | The Atlantic CityLab
“Architecture is the second-largest sector, with 85,000 working in firms and another 23,000 self-employed. There were another 21,000 landscape designers, about a quarter of whom were self-employed.”

Hong Kong Institute of Landscape Architects (HKILA) issues a Joint Statement of North East New Territories Development Areas | HKILA
“Currently the supply in residential market is inadequate and one of the viable solutions is to increase the land supply.”

The Atlanta BeltLine: Catalyst infrastructure and city systems | Claire Nelischer | Spacing Toronto
“It’s a massive project. Some trail segments and parks have already opened, to rave reviews from locals and visitors, and some residents have settled into new affordable housing units, but the entire project will take two decades to complete.”

Miami, the great world city, is drowning while the powers that be look away | Robin McKie | Guardian
“Low-lying south Florida, at the front line of climate change in the US, will be swallowed as sea levels rise. Astonishingly, the population is growing, house prices are rising and building goes on. The problem is the city is run by climate change deniers”

Putting a Price on Design: What is the Value of Public Space? | Helen Buckle | Land8
“Landscape architecture is often an easy target for such critical remarks about frivolous spending because the value is not always easily quantifiable.”

Aedas realigns international practice | AEDAS
“The board of Aedas has announced its decision to separate the business. The 13 offices in China, South-East Asia, the Middle East and the USA, will continue to operate under the Aedas brand.
The eight UK offices and the offices in Russia, Poland and Kazakhstan will operate under a new name AHR.”

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