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A Natural Playground – Pittsburgh Quarterly, 6/3/13
“In 1996, when developers proposed a residential community atop the slag heaps that for decades had greeted parkway travelers at the inbound entrance to the Squirrel Hill Tunnel, a dream once envisioned by famed landscape architect Frederick Law Olmstead but long thwarted by the demands of the steel industry would finally become possible.”
Thomas Woltz: Wild By Design – Garden & Gun, June/July 2013 Issue
“Like other landscape architects, Woltz rearranges nature to reflect the hand of man. Unlike most, he redesigns farms—working farms—though his chief aim isn’t to pretty them up.”
One Park to Bind Them All – The Architect’s Newspaper, 6/11/13
“As many metropolitan areas around the Midwest begin to reap the benefits of a downtown resurgence that has graced cities from Cincinnati to Chicago, Cleveland plans to turn its lackluster Public Square into a 10-acre park in the heart of downtown.”
Ten Sustainable Ideas to Transform Cities – This Big City, 6/11/13
“A new ‘toolbox’ is put together annually by the Danish organization Sustainia, aiming to differentiate itself from other sustainability awards by focusing exclusively on solutions that are available today. By highlighting trends as well as the solutions that already exist to capitalise on them, Sustainia aims to create an army of world-changing ideas.”
Native Flora Garden Opens at Brooklyn Botanic Garden – The New York Times, 6/12/13
“The curving benches are a tip of his cap to Jens Jensen, the early 20th-century Danish-American landscape architect who brought the feeling of the prairie, and Native American traditions, to Chicago’s parks and countless public and private landscapes across the country.”
These articles were compiled by Phil Stamper, ASLA Public Relations and Communications Coordinator
Image credit: Mountain laurel at Brooklyn Botanic Garden / Randy Harris for The New York Times.