This Week in Landscape | 16 February 2014

Worcester, UK | 10 February 2014 | Image Credit Flickr User DGwildlife

This week has seen flooding continue in the United Kingdom after weeks of rain with the Army, DEFRA and the Environment Agency responding with steel and board barriers. Many heritage gardens have also had fallen trees due to overly sodden soil. More information at Environment Agency map.

UK Floods Crisis: How Do You Stop Flooding? Lydia Smith | International Business Times
With areas of the UK experiencing the worst flooding in years, attention has been turned to how it can be prevented or alleviated.

Dredging would not have stopped massive UK floods | Andy Coghlan | New Scientist
“But hydrologists contacted by New Scientist say that dredging alone would not have stopped the flooding. “Given the amount of rain that has fallen, you could have doubled the carrying capacity of every drainage channel in Somerset, at huge cost, and large parts would still have flooded,” says Hannah Cloke at the University of Reading.”

The Dutch solution to floods: live with water, don’t fight it | Tracy McVeigh | The Guardian
“With more than half the country at or below sea level, the Dutch are experts on water management – and its people have had to make sacrifices”

Cool Roofs Might Be Enough to Save Cities from Climate Overheating | Scientific American
“New research suggests that planting gardens atop roofs or painting them white could offset both the local urban heat island effect and global warming, although one roof type does not cover all situations”

Miami Landscape Designer Raymond Jungles | Candace Jackson | Wall Street Journal
“He sketches first with a thick pencil, then switches to progressively thinner ones as a design goes from conceptual to more tangible.”

Detroit’s Belle Isle set to become state park, new fee
The bankrupt city will save $4 million and $6 million a year by handing over the park to the State of Michigan.

How parking lot design can revitalize blighted suburban areas | Rachel Pincus | PSFK
“Best of all, these solutions are designed to be modular and recombinable, meaning that all the proposals are potential winners…..”

5 urban planning challenges for downtown Oakland | Laura McCamy | oakland local
“On some level, I think the public is very aware. The message is, this isn’t important enough for us to take care of it,” according to Pattillo, who added that “big, wonderful trees” are “such an obvious indicator of success.”

Jan Gehl: The City Is Big | The Dirt
Review of Jan Gehl’s latest book.

Integrating Natural Processes into the City Fabric of the Global American South | OLIN
OLIN share part of the presentation they will present at “Cities, Rivers, and Cultures of Change: Rethinking and Restoring the Environments of the Global American South Conference”

Reclaiming our cities from the automobile: start with plowing the bike lanes | Lloyd Alter | treehugger
“The city’s plows hit the streets, carefully piling all the snow into the bike lanes.”

Student renderings are warmly received | John McVey | The Journal
West Virginia University landscape architect students were warmly received Wednesday by a crowd of residents and Martinsburg city officials. “They look great,” Jim Gess of Bunker Hill said. “A lot of thought has gone into this project and it was great to get the students involved. This should pay big dividends for Martinsburg and Berkeley County.”

UF grad student spreads composting to architecture school Alexia Fernandez | Alligatorz
“Kovachich said recycling and composting food has become a way of life since she joined the Student Compost Cooperative, a UF organization trying to change the way people recycle their food.”