This Week in Landscape | 9 February 2014

The weekly roundup of landscape news and links from around the world

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MoMA’s Proposal for Sculpture Garden Pleases and Riles | Robin Pogrebin | New York Times
“It’s a ludicrous idea,” said the landscape architect Michael R. Van Valkenburgh. “They fail to understand what’s brilliant about the garden and what makes it great — this cloistered isolation.”

First round of funding approved for celebration of Capability Brown’s 300th birthday | Landscape Institute
“An influential group of organisations, landowners and individuals is one step closer to marking the 300th anniversary of the birth of Lancelot Capability Brown with a nationwide festival celebrating his life and influence in 2016.”

With Four New Landscapes, SITES Certifies 30th Project | The Dirt
“The newly certified projects applied the 2009 SITES Guidelines and Performance Benchmarks and met the requirements for pilot certification. There are now 30 landscape projects at universities, businesses and public spaces that have achieved this recognition.”

‘Understand the past to build the future’ | Shrabonti Bagchi | Times of India
“A key feature of good landscape architecture is the respect for the spirit and the history of the place, the ‘genius loci’.”

Planning Love | Anirvan Chatterjee and Barnali Ghosh
V-Day cards for planners, architects, urban designers, landscape architects, transportation engineers, and those who love them.

Design firm selected to develop master plan for Waterfront Botanical Gardens [Louisville, KY] | Sheldon S. Shafer | The Courier-Journal
“A consulting design team, Perkins+Will, has been selected to lay out a master plan for the gardens by Botanica Inc., a local non-profit group dedicated to promoting the understanding of plants and gardening as well as sustainability.”

Paris’s Abandoned Métro Stations, Reimagined as Theaters and Pools | Stephanie Garlock | The Atlantic Cities
“To envision what these future public spaces could look like, NKM teamed up with architect Manal Rachdi and urban planner Nicolas Laisné. ”

Japan’s Rural-Urban Divide | Justin R. Moore | The Diplomat
The nation’s rural communities are becoming more vocal about central government priorities.

Greenhouse project that could cut UAE’s dependence on food imports | Lindsay Carroll | The National
“The Sahara Forest Project involves a seawater-cooled greenhouse in which crops can be grown throughout the year despite the harsh climates, said Virginia Corless”

IMAGE CREDIT | Flickr User jabberwocky381