LAND News 19 Nov 2010

Dismal John O’Groats to receive ‘fun’ makeover []
Edinburgh practice GLM has won planning permission for a £6.5 million scheme to revitalise John O’Groats – recently dubbed the most dismal place in Scotland

Development Encroaches on the Southern United States’ Last “Wild” Areas [World Resources Institute]
As a result of rapid development over the last 40 years, the vast majority of land in the southern U.S. has been in some way impacted by humans. Today, only a small amount of land remains in a relatively natural, or “wild”, state.

Syracuse’s South Side will be home to an urban farm tended by teens []
A dozen vacant South Side lots are about to go a little bit country. A partnership is using the site to create an urban farm. One of its purposes is to make better use of vacant land.

Eco-friendly events honor Transatlantic Climate Bridge [lsureveille]
The University launched a series of eco-friendly events this week in honor of the Transatlantic Climate Bridge, an initiative of the German Embassy to foster sustainable living solutions.

Duany Plater-Zyberk win Mandeville city center project [St.Tammy News]
Wednesday, a committee of 10, made up of citizens selected by the two entities, interviewed representatives from three firms, Duany Plater-Zyberk and Co. of Miami; Tunnell-Sprangler and Walsh and Associates of Atlanta; and Dover, Kohl and Partners of Coral Gables, Fla. In the end, Frank Saxton, director of community development for NCF, said the committee decided to go with Duany Plater-Zyberk and Co.

(Ottawa) City rejects alternative Lansdowne plan []
Ottawa’s municipal government says it won’t consider an alternative proposal for the redevelopment of Lansdowne Park with less commercial and residential space because the proposal has come to too late in the redevelopment process.

NYRA searching for consultants to guide VLT-funded capital projects at Saratoga Race Course [The Saratogian]
SARATOGA SPRINGS — New York Racing Association hopes to have a team of consultants in place by late January to develop plans for Saratoga Race Course capital improvements.

EVENT: Freshkills Park Talk: Monday, November 22nd
Freshkills Park Talks lecture series resumes next Monday with a talk by Dr. Steven Handel, Director of the Center for Urban Restoration Ecology (CURE) at Rutgers University.

Ex-Director of Miami Art Museum to Curate Biennale in China [New York Times]
Terence Riley, the former director of the Miami Art Museum, has been appointed chief curator for the 2011 edition of the Shenzhen & Hong Kong Biennale of UrbanismArchitecture.

A Net Zero Office Today [Metropolis Magazine]
The architecture firm HOK has some experience designing sustainable buildings in problem locations. Their design for the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia is the world’s largest LEED platinum project, and made it to AIA’s list of the top ten green projects of 2010. But this year the firm decided to set itself an even tougher challenge.

Oberlanders Architects wins planning for sweet Edinburgh scheme []
Oberlanders Architects has won planning consent for the Sugarhouse, a £15 million mixed-use development on a sensitive site in Edinburgh’s old town.

A New Way to Plant Urban Trees [The Dirt – ASLA Blog]
At the 2010 GreenBuild, Peter MacDonagh, the Kestler Design Group, James Urban, FASLA, Urban Trees + Soils, and Peter Schaudt, FASLA, Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architects, argued that without new tree planting techniques that use healthy loam soils…….

The Dirt – ASLA Blog has posted a few good posts covering presentations at 2010 GreenBuild in Chicago