This Week In Landscape | 8 September 2013

Weekly round up of landscape architecture links

More Parks and Green Space | Adrian Benepe | New York Times
“The next mayor[New York] will not face the crisis that Koch faced — in fact, the Bloomberg administration presided over the biggest program of park building since the 1930s. But considerable challenges and opportunities face the next administration, which will need to maintain the new parks while continuing to build for a growing city.”

Landscape Institute Chief executive Alastair McCapra to leave for new job | Landscape Institute
Chief executive Alastair McCapra is leaving the Landscape Institute at the end of October to take up the post of CEO at the Chartered Institute of Public Relations.

Q&A: Lise Cormier, landscape architect, on sparking an international plant-sculpture craze | Molly Petrilla | Smartplanet.com
smart planet spoke with Cormier about the art form’s soaring international popularity, the industry developing around it,

On a Remote Island, Lessons In How Ecosystems Function | Fred Pearce | Yale Enivironment 360
“Transformed by British sailors in the 19th century, Ascension Island in the South Atlantic has a unique tropical forest consisting almost entirely of alien species. Scientists say that what has happened there challenges some basic assumptions about ecosystems and evolution.”

L.A.’s urban parks: for the homeless too? | Gale Holland | LA Times
“Park managers at Spring Street and Grand Park included extensive regulations and design elements to discourage homeless people from camping out.”

How to make a city great | McKinsey&Co
To understand the core processes and benchmarks that can transform cities into superior places to live and work, McKinsey developed and analyzed a comprehensive database of urban economic, social, and environmental performance indicators.

After 15 Years, Day One | The Cultural Landscape Foundation
TCLF moved into newly renovated offices on the second floor of the Wonder Building, a two-story, flatiron-shaped Deco-style building built in the 1920s on Connecticut Avenue, NW, in Washington, DC.

Crowd-Funding a New Public Space in Portland | Streets Blog
The state of Oregon is testing a new type of public-private partnership in Portland, where advocates and electeds want to transform a parcel of land into a new park and greenway.

Autopistas verdes: nuevas estrategias para gestionar carreteras como hábitats | E&N
“Desde el norte de Europa hasta Florida, los proyectistas de autopistas están reconsiderando los acotamientos de las carreteras como hábitats potenciales para plantas y animales autóctonos. Los científicos señalan que este nuevo enfoque podría ser una útil herramienta en favor de la biodiversidad.”