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

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Trees of LifeNewsweek / The Daily Beast, 8/30 – 9/12 Issue
“Landscape architects used to be revered. The magical beauty of Versailles lies in the vistas created by André Le Nôtre in the 17th century; New York City draws its breath in the meadows and groves of Central Park, which were designed by Frederick Law Olmsted in the 19th century.”

Landscape Architect to Watch: Nina Chasegb&d Magazine, September/October 2013
“As a kid, I was interested in design and spaces. My family always took notice of good design. We would drive around neighborhoods, and my parents would say, “That’s a nice house,” and I would mimic, “nice house, nice house,” from the backseat.”

Design for Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 6 Revealed in Stunning New RenderingsInhabitat, 9/4/13
“Last week, New Yorkers got their first peek at the design for the new area of Brooklyn Bridge Park at Pier 6, and we have to say that they’re simply gorgeous. Park executives from the Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) unveiled 11 brand new renderings showing the plan for the currently undeveloped waterfront area of the park Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, envisions the new green space as a large open lawn and flower-filled meadow.”

Planting the HardscapeThe Architect’s Newspaper, 9/4/13
“Plans for an aging Ludwig Mies van der Rohe plaza in downtown Chicago are not so much an update as a transformation. In renderings from Wolff Landscape Architects and Goettsch Partners, amoeba-like forms wrap around Mies’ black steel columns, bearing lush berms three to five feet high.”

Champion Trees and Urban Forests  – Design Observer, 9/9/13
“Lehrer notes that most transportation projects in the city feature landscaping — usually linear plantings of street trees — but that these are not well connected in ways that would make them function as an urban system. A more effective strategy, Lehrer argues, would be to ‘plant trees in residential neighborhood, where you can achieve much greater density of tree coverage,” and, in turn, provide greater environmental and aesthetic benefits.’”

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

Image credit: Ludwig Mies van der Rohe plaza / Ted Wolff Landscape Architects and Goettsch Partners

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