This Week In Landscape | 29 September 2013

A weekly update of some of what happened in Landscape Architecture this week….

On Governors Island, 30 Acres of Open Space Are Becoming a True Park | Lisa W. Foderaro | NY Times
That is now changing, as teams of workers and gardeners lay the stone plazas that next summer will be sprinkled with bistro chairs, and plant 60 species of trees — 1,500 in all. They are also installing 50 red hammocks and creating a maze of hedges and formal gardens planted with perennials like aster daisies. The 30 acres, called Governors Island Park, will offer far more space for recreation and relaxation.

James van Sweden, Father of the New American Garden, Dies | J. Green | The Dirt
One of America’s most influential landscape architects, James van Sweden, FASLA, co-founder of Oehme van Sweden, died last week at age 78 from complications from Parkinson’s disease.

The White House Honors Design Award Winners | Stuart Emmrich | NY Times
Among this year’s winners were the architect Michael Sorkin, the fashion designer Behnaz Sarafpour, the landscape architect Margie Ruddick, the design firm Studio Gang Architects, and Janette Sadik-Khan, the commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation.

Designing Streets for People, Not Just Cars | Zoë Prillinger | GOOD
What if the street itself could be considered a kind of undiscovered public space—a park, even—that rewards and enhances living in higher density urban areas?

Investing in Volunteer Park | Valerie Easton | The Seattle Times
Landscape architects and Olmsted experts are working together to replant the park in a style true to the original vision.

Experts predict Dallas will be slow to give up St. Augustine lawns | Karen Holloway | Dallas News
Developers admit it will take time for the new grasses to be accepted. The dwindling water supply and increasing population, however, surely will make the grass more popular, says Simmons.

Landscape Architecture Students Design Maitland River Plans | Andrew Shepard | Blackburn News
Students from the University of Guelph’s Landscape Architecture program are focusing on the Maitland from the Howson dam, upstream to the ball diamonds. Professor Corry says the students will work on this project over the next five weeks, performing an ecological and cultural analysis of the site.

LAF’s First Park(ing) Day Full of Fun Surprises | Landscape Architecture Foundation
LAF celebrated Park(ing) Day in downtown DC on Sept 20, joining thousands around the world who showcased the power of parks by creating temporary parklets in metered parking spaces.