This Week in Landscape | 23 February 2014

A roundup of this weeks landscape related news from around the world.

The Green Team: On Occupying Urban Space | Johanna Phelps | Metropolis Magazine
In urban environments, where square footage comes at a premium, landscapes are frequently designed to satisfy multiple social performance requirements ranging from small group activities to large scale event spaces.

A Lesson for Detroit in Efforts to Aid a New Orleans Devastated by Katrina | Campbell Robertson | NY Times
“If any city can speak about the difficult politics of downsizing, it is New Orleans, where a group of planners and business leaders proposed the idea as the best way to bring back the city after it was devastated by the flooding after Katrina in 2005 ”

Life on Mekong Faces Threats As Major Dams Begin to Rise | Joshua Zaffos | e360 Yale
“River experts say that if the dam-building boom proceeds as planned, it could diminish essential flood pulses and decimate fisheries and riverside gardens that are dependent on variable flows and sediment.”

Where are architecture’s Bravehearts? | Richard J Williams |
Talk of independence omits Scotland’s built environment

Villa Mekrech gardens retain protection, despite building permit | Times of Malta
The Mepa board this afternoon rejected an application to de-schedule the gardens of Villa Mekrech in Ghaxaq.

Drought landscaping: 5 inspiring lawn-free yards | Julie Chai | SF Gate
“Water-guzzling gardens aren’t the only ones that look good. Many that rely on little irrigation are just as lush, colorful and captivating as their thirstier counterparts. And since quenching your garden can account for as much as half of your household water bill, it makes sense to conserve not only in drought years but all the time.”

Too Late, Community Mobilizes to Save Central Park from Skyscraper Shadows | New York Observer
Last night, nearly 500 New Yorkers gathered at the New York Public Library’s main branch for a forum on the wave of skyscrapers that are rising along the Southern edge of Central Park.

Carol Reese: Landscapes require maintenance just like other relationships | Carol Reese | Jackson Sun
Make the landscape less about foundation plantings, and/or do not require your shrubs to look freshly barbered.

2014 ASLA AWARDS: Deadlines are nigh | Landscape Architecture Magazine
“For the Professional Awards, entry forms and payment are due March 7, 2014. Submission binders must arrive by March 21. For Student Awards, forms and payment are due April 25; binders must arrive by May 9.”