This Week In Landscape | 16 March 2013

Weekly roundup of landscape news stories from around the world.

Seoul demolishes its urban expressways as city planners opt for greener schemes
The levelling of the Ahyeon overpass marks the latest attempt to improve the environment of South Korea’s sprawling capital

Why Andrés Duany Is So Focused on Making ‘Lean Urbanism’ a Thing | Atlantic Cities
Duany describes lean urbanism as “not a philosophical approach, but a narrow seam of activity, a sharing of secret knowledge.”

Light pollution impairs rainforest regeneration | Lewanzik D, Voigt CC | Journal of Applied Ecology
Increasing light pollution in tropical habitats could be hampering regeneration of rainforests because of its impact on nocturnal seed-dispersers.

Why William Kent was one of the great garden designers | Tim Richardson | The Telegraph
“But does it say enough about his talents as a garden designer, arguably his most original contribution? Rousham in Oxfordshire, the Elysian Fields at Stowe, Buckinghamshire, and Chiswick House in London are three of his surviving masterpieces.”

Of parks and recreation | Pauline Deborah R. | The Hindu
“Why are parks important? Urban parks play a dynamic role but are sometimes underappreciated and are often taken for granted. Parks are ‘urban oases’ that serve as carbon sinks for a highly polluted city. ”

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George Washington: New Exhibit Explores Landscape Architecture at Mount Vernon | Mary Ann Barton | Mt. Vernon Patch
Although the beautiful gardens, sweeping lawns, and inviting paths seem perfectly natural, these features were all carefully planned by George Washington.