Landscape Architecture in the News Highlights (July 15 – July 31)

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How Better Urban Design Makes Us Healthier, Happier, and SexierGOOD, 7/22/13
“There are many things that need to change in urban planning and design, but one of the most basic is this: we need to define success differently. Right now, engineers make many decisions based on something called ‘level of service’—basically, how long cars are delayed at certain points. Our goals should be based on people, not cars.”

Paths to Pier 42Urban Omnibus, 7/24/13
“The project uses a series of temporary art and design installations to create a public space that both transforms the abandoned pier and provides waterfront access for local residents, while also encouraging community involvement in the long-term renovation project.”

A Guide to NYC’s Urban LandscapesArchitects + Artisans, 7/24/13

“They cover it all – from Brooklyn’s Bridge Park and East River Waterfront, to a revitalized Columbus Circle and the High Line, to the Bronx’s Concrete Plant Park, Louis Kahn’s Four Freedoms Park, and Governor’s Island. Even tiny little Paley Park, that lovely, stripped-down modernist oasis at 53rd Street just east of Fifth Avenue, receives more than its share of coverage.”

The Storm Erases, the Drawing Board ReplacesThe New York Times, 7/25/13

“It’s hard to be optimistic when you’re restoring a landscape after a major storm. Trucks tear up your lawn, workers drag fallen logs across your shrubs, the ground cover you carefully nurtured is buried in wood chips, and contractors empty your bank account. It’s enough to keep a gardener indoors with the shades drawn. What to do?”

In the Future, We Will All Be Home Gardenerspsfk, 7/28/13

“Designing for indoor urban agriculture requires patience. At its root, it is a customization challenge that unfolds over many ‘crop cycles’ and resolves only in a delicate negotiation between three tensions.”

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

Image credit: Pier 42, c/o Hester Street Collaborative

One thought on “Landscape Architecture in the News Highlights (July 15 – July 31)

  1. Fra-Dor Landscape Supplies 08/06/2013 / 10:40 am

    Appreciated the NYT article on storm damage and repair. Homeowners do want to see their landscapes restored, but it can be a challenge when the damage has been severe. When working to clean up a landscape, it’s important to do the best thing for the environment and also keep things happy for the homeowner. With the last article, it’s definitely exciting to see the modern trend of urban growing and “mini-gardens” emerge, and fun to watch city-dwellers still get to enjoy a bit of the outdoors, too.

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