This Week in Landscape | 2 March 2014

World Landscape Architecture’s weekly roundup of landscape related news for 23 February – 2 March 2014

Opinion: Can landscape architecture help resolve climate change? | Gavin Healy | The New Zealand Herald
Gavin Healy investigates ecological and landscape architecture projects created by the world’s top designers – and how they could help create a better planet.

EPA’s New Stormwater Calculator, Updated for Climate Change | J.Green | The Dirt
“The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently updated its national stormwater calculator, which estimates the amount of rainwater and runoff from any site in the U.S., to reflect best estimates on future climate change.”

City architects call for more green in the grey of Brisbane’s urban jungle | Kristina Olsson
“At one level, re-establishing the forests is a way for Brisbane to reclaim its uniqueness among other emerging cities. In the big picture, Brisbane’s future, like all of Australia’s, is tied to its embrace of its Aboriginal origins and its ongoing interactions, like those of city and forest,”

Profession needs to talk about potential for infrastructure not mitigation | Landscape Institute
“Alister Kratt, a partner at LDA Design, challenged the profession at the latest Landscape Futures debate, to ‘talk more positively about infrastructure’.”

Using nature as an example for gardening: Now, there’s an idea | Al Shay | Statesman Journal
“As Jensen rose through the ranks of the park system, he was given space to experiment with his “Prairie Style” within city parks. ”

UP Diliman: A Lab for Livability? | Eric S. Caruncho | Inquirer.net
“Originally, Philippine towns were planned like UP—where residents lived, worked, shopped and played within the same compact space.”

Rail ambition: Cities used to think modern art could save them. Now it’s railway stations | The Economist
“Cities now measure their appeal by their stations. Businesses cluster around them: at King’s Cross, a once-grimy part of north London, a postcode has been created for all the new buildings around the station, which was redeveloped in 2013.”

Plaza-Saving Efforts Earn Honors for Groups | Kathryn Shattuck | New York Times
“For their efforts to save Peavey Plaza in Minneapolis from the wrecking ball, the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota, the Cultural Landscape Foundation and the Minnesota chapter of Docomomo US have received the Advocacy Award of Excellence, one of three inaugural Modernism in America Awards.”

No Whining at the Toronto Park Summit | Torontoist
The fourth annual gathering was all about presenting positive models for improving our parks.

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