This Week in Landscape | 4 May 2014

Landscape architect designs toolkit to make cities inclusive of adults with autism | Medical Press
“A Kansas State University landscape architect has developed an urban toolkit that addresses needs for adults with autism”

Urban farms won’t feed us, but they just might teach us | Grist
“There’s plenty of good reasons to grow food in cities. But the hype of urban farms curing all ills and supplying a significant portion of their city’s calories is just that: hype.”

Urban Designers are Taking On Rising Sea Levels in the Seaport | Nick DeLuca | BostonInno
“BostInno spoke with Gina Ford, chair of Sasaki’s Urban Studio and landscape architect, as well as principal Jason Hellendrung about Sea Change: Boston’s origins and what they – as well as colleagues Nina Chase, Chris Merritt, Ruth Siegel and Carey Walker – hoped to achieve.”

Placemaking comes to Vancouver | Yvonne Zacharias | Vancouver Sun
“Urban designer Mark Lakeman has seen the power of community placemaking, or the reclamation of public space as social gathering points, as a powerful antidote to this phenomenon.”

Horticulturally ever after | Megan Backhouse | Sydney Morning Herald
“While Gwen insists she has never felt gardens need to be exclusively Australian, their garden is now almost entirely devoted to natives…..”

Population density, the most important aspect of urban planning | Subharthi Guha | The Economic Times
“In planning these neighbourhoods, density is a critical factor. If it’s too sparse, then we lose efficiency like the suburbia in US and if it’s too dense like Mumbai, then it becomes an impossible and uncomfortable habitat to live in resulting in squatters and jams.”

Sustainable design to address Cape Town’s rapid urbanisation | Green Times
“The challenges facing cities today are numerous. Rapid urbanisation is a growing reality and Cape Town has the highest rate in South Africa. This brings housing, infrastructure, social and biophysical challenges”

Personalized ‘paradise gardens’ | Donna Nebenzahl | The Gazette
“Land­scape archi­tect Myke Hodgins has creates homeowners’ green dreams”