Landscape Architecture in the News Highlights (June 16 – June 30)

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Designed for Democracy: When Public Goes Private a Park Loses Its Heart – Charles Birnbaum, FASLA, president of The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF), The Huffington Post, 6/19/13

“Nationally, in the wake of urban growth and renewal, there is considerable debate about whether public parks and open space should be given away or sold to for-profit enterprises. Are they valuable civic resources or just places to put stuff? What if, hypothetically, we’re discussing a park designed by the landscape architects considered by some scholars to be second only to Frederick Law Olmsted, Sr. in their importance to American landscape history?”

Shaping a Plaza’s Next CenturyThe New York Times, 6/24/13

“The Central Park Conservancy is proposing a $2 million restoration of the plaza’s trees and pavement. The work planned is what that nonprofit organization says it can afford, having raised $1.5 million.”

Cool Happenings in Paris’s Urban LandscapePlanetizen, 6/25/13

“Haussmann’s plan led to new parks, a vastly improved sanitation system, rebuilt neighborhoods and, most dramatically, a series of wide boulevards designed to impose a sense of structure and gridded order to what had been a tangled mess of Medieval streets – the kind we all find so charming but are impractical for effectively handling modern urban life.”

Urban Agriculture: 8 Landscape Architecture Firms Leading the WayLand8, 6/25/13

“There are few landscape architecture firms today that can say Urban Agriculture Design is on their shortlist of services offered. Most firms are capable of designing a productive space, of course, whether or not they can say they specialize in this area of design is another matter. Below are eight North American Landscape Architecture firms that are leading the way through their own advocacy and stellar Urban Agriculture projects.”

Eight Imaginative Projects Reusing Infrastructure in CitiesThis Big City, 6/28/13
“Curated by urban design director Scott Burnham, it showcases more than 40 examples of imaginative reuse and repurposing of urban infrastructure, from physical objects to the city’s most functional systems and surfaces. Cities represented include London, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Hong Kong, and Boston.”

These articles were compiled by Phil Stamper, ASLA Public Relations and Communications Coordinator

Image credit: Grand Army Plaza, Central Park, NYC / Museum of the City of New York via The New York Times.

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