This Week In Landscape | 20 October 2013

The weekly roundup of news and interesting landscape links

The Urban Landscaper | William S. Saunders | Harvard Magazine
Michael Van Valkenburgh Profile

Why Our Brains Love Curvy Architecture | Eric Jaffe | Fast Co. Design
Recently neuroscientists have shown that this affection for curves isn’t just a matter of personal taste; it’s hard-wired into the brain.

Urban planning often a vehicle for obstruction | Robert Nelson | The Age
Planning Australian cities is good in theory, but there’s a catch. No one will agree with the plan. They’ll hate it and will even deny that it’s a plan at all. It’s a farce, a charade, a strategy full of holes and inconsistencies. It isn’t a ”real” plan.

National Park Service Reopens All National Parks | NPS
National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis today announced that as a result of the passage of a continuing resolution providing federal appropriations, the National Park Service have resumed operations effective October 17.

Martin Barry on Radio Prague podcast
A profile of New York-based landscape architect Martin Barry who last year launched a new festival and conference in Prague called reSITE, focussing on urbanism and rethinking the public space.

How research ecologists can benefit urban design projects | Eurekaa alert
Ecologists conducting field research usually study areas that they hope won’t be disturbed for a while. But in an article published in the November issue of BioScience, “Mapping the Design Process for Urban Ecology Researchers,” Alexander Felson of Yale University and his colleagues describe how ecologists can perform hypothesis-driven research from the start of design through the construction and monitoring phases of major urban projects.

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