Landscape Architecture in the News Highlights (August 1–15)

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24 Surprising Plant CombosSunset Magazine, August 2013
“Floral fireworks: Landscape architect Jarrod Baumann practically skips down the steps of the sprawling hillside garden, pointing out a vibrant mix of flowers near the pool. ‘That’s our little nursery,’ he says. The plants are extras, parked here until he dreams up a home for them elsewhere on the grounds. Baumann looks every bit the young artist—an apt comparison.”

Rumble in the Urban JungleArchitectural Record, August 2013
“It’s hard to keep up with the musical deck chairs in the disciplines these days. The boundaries of architecture, city planning, urban design, landscape architecture, sustainability, computation, and other fields are shifting like crazy, and one result is endless hybridization–green urbanism begets landscape urbanism, which begets ecological urbanism, which begets agrarian urbanism–each ‘ism’ claiming to have gotten things in just the right balance.”

A Landscape Architect’s Favorite Outdoor SpacesCrain’s Chicago Business, 8/5/13
“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.”

10 Teams Selected for Rebuild by Design CompetitionWorld Landscape Architecture, 8/10/13
“Recently, the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force announced that 10 teams have been selected for Stage 2 of the design competition. Over 140 potential teams from more than 15 countries submitted proposals, representing the top engineering, architecture, design, landscape architecture and planning firms as well as research institutes and universities worldwide. The ten Design Teams will participate in an intense eight-month process broken into two distinct stages: analysis and design.”

To Control Health Costs, Build SidewalksCitytank, 8/12/13
“All of this evidence begs the question: if the built environment is a significant determinant of our public health outcomes, why aren’t health entities–hospitals, HMO’s and clinics–helping to build a better infrastructure that supports sound health outcomes?”

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

Image credit: © Iwan Baan, via Architectural Record

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