This Week in Landscape | 25 May 2014 | News & Upcoming Events

Movers & spacers: Winning landscape architects champion smart, fun public areas | Lucy Hyslop | Vancouver Sun
“It’s just another slice of park life, but this time the landscape architect whose firm designed the new and recently accoladed Mid Main green space is happily taking in the animated vignette. “None of that would have happened before in this space,” Joe Fry says with modest yet tangible glee. “It’s very satisfying seeing it being used.”

Celebrating New Pier While Debating Park’s Uses | Vivian Yee | New York Times
Pier 2 & 4 opened this week at Brooklyn Bridge Park however a recent NYC RFP for towers is causing concern with city residents

Community garden evolving on vacant downtown lot | Seth Slabaugh | The Star Press
Ball State University landscape architecture students are installing a community garden, mural and courtyard on a highly visible vacant lot at Main and High streets in downtown Muncie.

A Blueprint to End Paralysis Over Global Action on Climate | Timothy E. Wirth & Thomas A. Daschle | Yale e360
“The international community should stop chasing the chimera of a binding treaty to limit CO2 emissions. Instead, it should pursue an approach that encourages countries to engage in a “race to the top” in low-carbon energy solutions.”

Landscape architect reimagines Olmsted’s Jackson Park, makes pitch for conservancy and nixing golf driving range
“Vermont-based architect Patricia O’Donnell was picked earlier this year by privately-funded non-profit Project 120 to help restore designer Frederick Olmsted’s original influence on the park.”

Report Documents Preventable Pedestrian Deaths, Ranks Most Dangerous Metro Areas | ASLA
More than 47,000 people were killed while walking in the U.S. between 2003 and 2012, at a rate that has been rising in the last few years. The majority of those deaths likely could have been prevented with safer street design, according to a new report released today by the National Complete Streets Coalition, a program of Smart Growth America, in conjunction with AARP and American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA).”

Van Valkenburgh Named GSD Class Day Speaker | Harvard Magazine
“MICHAEL R. VAN VALKENBURGH, Eliot professor in practice of landscape architecture, will be the Harvard Graduate School of Design Class Day speaker on May 28. ”

Now Doctors Are Prescribing Walks In The Park To Get Us Off Our Butts | Ben Schiller | Fast Co.
“Over the last three years, Zarr has been chief evangelist for Park Rx, a system that makes it easier for doctors to recommend outdoor activity, offering an alternative or supplement to drug treatments.”

They’re stylized trees, not rackets, designer says of Jack Purcell remake | Matthew Pearson | Ottawa Citizen
“The new public art pieces in Jack Purcell Park are supposed to be stylized trees, not a tribute to the celebrated badminton player of the same name, says the landscape architect responsible for the Centretown park’s recent makeover.”

2014 RHS Chelsea Flower Show
The annual show was held this week (20-24 May) with high quality display gardens with the winners (Best in Show, Gold, Silver,Bronze) announced with Luciano Giubbilei taking out best in show.

CSLA 2014 Congress | CLIMATES | ADAPTATIONS | LANDSCAPES | 29-31 June 2014 in Ottawa Canada
The Annual Congress of the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects – SOLD OUT

Kerb Journal is holding a auction fundraiser to generate funds to help print the journal! Original artworks and prints from Australian based artists and designers.

Chelsea Fringe Festival (continues) 17 May to June 8
“The Chelsea Fringe, the alternative gardening festival, runs to 8 June, and features around 250 projects taking place in London, Brighton, Bristol, Vienna, Ljubljana, Turin, Kent, Norwich and online.”

London Festival of Architecture | 1-30 June
The Landscape Institute is holding several events during the festival on Water, Urban Design, Livable Cities and more.

Modern Landscape Architecture: Transition and Transformation – Lecture by Charles Birnbaum
Thursday May 29, 2014 | 06:00pm – 08:00pm – Indianapolis Museum of Art

The Frederick Law Olmsted Symposium
June 2, 2014 8 AM – 12 Noon EST The Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center

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