This Week In Landscape | 23 March 2014

VIDEO | SOIL MAKING from Teresa Pereira on Vimeo. | Society for Ecological Restoration | Temple University-Ambler Chapter | Department of Landscape Architecture and Horticulture

Rebuilding the Natural World: A Shift in Ecological Restoration | Richard Conniff | Yale e360
From forests in Queens to wetlands in China, planners and scientists are promoting a new approach that incorporates experiments into landscape restoration projects to determine what works to the long-term benefit of nature and what does not.

Water Management In Post Conflict Countries Critical To Peacebuilding And Economic Recovery New Study | UNEP
Cooperation over water management, the study says, can serve to restore trust among divided communities as well as between neighboring countries.

Sue Illman welcomes budget spending on flooding but queries amount | Landscape Institute
“Sue Illman, president of the Landscape Institute, has issued a response to George Osborne’s budget announcement. She says, ‘The LI recently wrote to the Prime Minister in connection with the government’s approach to flooding saying that we needed a comprehensive and integrated range of water management techniques.”

How NYC’s Marion Weiss Merges Landscape and Architecture | Lamar Anderson | Curbed NY
“As a small, polyglot practice in New York, Weiss/Manfredi had over the years built a reputation for turning out rigorous, sliced and stepped earthwork-style projects that treat landscape and architecture as a single medium.”

Tale of two drought impacts: Landscapers, gardeners prepare for challenging year | Denis Cuff | San Jose Mercury News
“People are definitely landscaping,” said the owner of Roxy Designs in Pleasant Hill, “and they’re hiring me to take out a lot of lawns.” She said she averages five to six calls a week from people who want to replace lawns with drought tolerant plants and ground cover.”

Balboa Park effort failed to learn from history | David Lundin | UT San Diego
“Plans for the Balboa Park Centennial in 2015 are dead. Balboa Park Celebration, Inc. (BPCI), is closing its doors. More than $3 million in public funds and donations have been wasted on expenses having little if any salvage value.”

Seeing green: Landscapers ready for spring weather | Stacy Parker | The Virginian Pilot
The USA landscape industry that employs over 900,000 people in a $74 billion industry gets ready for peak season.