This Week in Landscape | 28 September 2014

Swing Time (2014) – long from HYA on Vimeo.
Höweler + Yoon Architecture | Swing Time is an interactive playscape composed of 20 illuminated ring-shaped swings. The installation activates a temporary park between the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center and D Street to create a new type of city park.

What a Park’s Design Does to Your Brain | Rebecca Tushus-Dubrow | Next City
But Olszewska, now a doctoral candidate in landscape architecture and urban ecology at the University of Porto in Portugal, persevered. With a neuroscience professor at the university, she conducted a pilot project that culminated, earlier this year, in a conference paper titled “Urban Planning, Neurosciences and Contemplation for Improving Well-being in Our Cities.”

The Machine is a Garden | Amanda Kolson Hurley | Foreign Policy
In 1898, an unassuming British stenographer hatched the idea of “garden cities” as an antidote to dirty, crowded London. Today, a revival of that idea is spreading from the U.K. to China to India — and some people think it just might help save the planet.

LI appoints author for BIM for landscape book | Landscape Institute
“BIM for Landscape will be the first book of its kind, and is aimed at landscape practitioners, project leaders and decision-makers working with landscape 0n a BIM project. The book will be published in early 2016 by Taylor & Francis, publisher of the LI’s Guidelines for Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment (GLVIA).”

More people: More parks? | Roger Showley | UT San Diego
“Landscape architect Glen Schmidt worried over the future of recently completed Ruocco Park, where port staffers erected sheets of orange netting in July after someone tripped over one of the decorative boulders. But he said the park itself — lawn and paving beneath a trellis — seems starved for visitors because the port has not programmed events activities to attract the public.”

Carbon-rich tidal wetlands down, but not out | Danielle Devier | Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce

“Tidal wetlands are buried treasures. The old ones, especially, are packed with valuable stored carbon. They soak up carbon dioxide, one of the most abundant greenhouse gases plaguing our atmosphere.”

The Life, Death, and Rebirth of Urban Cemeteries | Heather Fuhrman | Metropolis Magazine
Another interesting installment from Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects – “Site usage was closely studied to determine where paving changes could reduce wear and tear on the landscape.”

Green roofs grow in popularity | Lynn Monty | Burlington Free Press
“Living roofs go back 50 years or more. “It started in Scotland and Ireland with sod roofs,” Wagner said. “But this engineered living-roof concept is relatively new in America.”