This Week In Landscape | 27 April 2014

Landscape News, Awards, Research and more from around the world this week

Designing cities and factories with urban agriculture in mind | William McDonough | Guardian
“The renewal of urban agriculture offers hope for a more positive, regenerative relationship between natural systems and human communities. From a design perspective, integrating agriculture into urbanism dramatically improves the generative capacity of buildings, landscapes, infrastructure and cities.”

Landscape Architecture Foundation announces 2014 Olmsted Scholars 
The Landscape Architecture Foundation is pleased to announce that Sara Zewde, a master’s student at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and Erin Percevault, an undergraduate at Louisiana State University, were selected as the 2014 National Olmsted Scholars.

Frederick Law Olmsted, poet of the urban landscape | Carlo Rotella | Boston Globe
“….Frederick Law Olmsted, the landscape architect — and journalist, conservationist, and public servant — who gave us Manhattan’s Central Park, Boston’s Emerald Necklace, the Niagara Reservation, and many other American places rich with meaning and beauty.”

Can public space support cultural diversity and different races ? | School of Architecture Planning & Landscape Urban Design Blog Newcastle University
” Therefore this raises question about how to make the concept of good cosmopolitanism includes everyone who defines themselves as a citizen of the city regardless of particular state, religion, family or profession.”

Complete streets and the role of the landscape architect | Mike Singleton | San Diego Source
“What does the term “complete streets” really mean? To most, it means taking a much broader look at how we allocate space along our public streets.”

Seizing the Day with Parke Diem | Matthew Schulman | City Parks Blog
““Parke Diem” plays homage to this historic aphorism by challenging Portland residents to go outdoors—in rain or shine—and show support for the city’s many beloved parks.”

PSU grad students want to ‘Activate’ Waterfront Park | Jonathan Maus | Bike Portland
“The effort is being led by Watermark Planning, which is six graduate students from Portland State University’s vaunted Master’s of Urban and Regional Planning program (MURP). They’ve partnered up with city agencies (including Portland Parks and Recreation and the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability) to develop a Downtown Portland Waterfront Activation Plan.”

How parking data drives urban planning | Patrick Marshall | GCN
“Most cities have some form of minimum parking requirements for new multi-family projects, so with this research and with the tool they are able to assess how those existing regulations are stacking up against the research….”

Soils Release Far More CO2 Than Previously Thought, Researchers Find | Yale Environment 360
But the new study, from researchers at Northern Arizona University shows that increasing soil carbon actually spurs microbes to produce more CO2. “

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