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

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Design MattersPlanetizen, 10/18/13
“An article recently published in UrbDeZine titled ‘Thinking about the Park Planning Profession’ irritated a lot of landscape architects by seeming to misrepresent the work they do creating parks. Although the writer, Clement Lau, a planner in the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation, goes out of his way to say his intention is ‘certainly not to criticize or discredit practitioners of landscape architecture,’ he does so anyway.”

Watershed MomentThe Architect’s Newspaper, 10/18/13
“The Army Corps of Engineers recently released the long-delayed Los Angeles Ecosystem Restoration Integrated Feasibility Report, a 500-plus-page document examining possibilities for restoring the Los Angeles River.”

“Make Love, Not Worse”: On the State of Landscape Preservation  – Planetizen, 10/21/13
“All landscapes have a carrying capacity for change. I think the question becomes: when does the landscape hit the tipping point? One of the book series we’re publishing is called Modern Landscapes: Transitions and Transformations. Unfortunately, the first one in this series on Lawrence Halprin’s Skyline Park, is not a happy story. It was largely demolished.”

Hurricane Sandy: One Year LaterArchitectural Record, 10/22/13
“Walter Meyer and Jennifer Bolstad, of Local Office Landscape Architecture, have designed dunes sculpted to bounce waves back to sea, with patches of trees and shrubs to diffuse high winds. Working with architects at WXY Studio, they propose a public path of hardened cementitious sand that will meander among the hillocks of ordinary sand. As bucolic as this sounds, it’s a much larger and less familiar beach intrusion than a classic boardwalk, and Meyer and Bolstad recognize that community approval may not come easily.”

Perspective: How My Firm Saved Brooklyn Bridge Park from Sandy’s FuryFast Company Design, 10/25/13
“Some public infrastructures (the subway, for instance) really need to be protected in a way that affords resistance to external forces such as flooding. However, there are other pieces of the city–parks, of course, but also highways and linear boulevard plantings–where it may be more effective to build for resilience: the incorporation of strategies that will allow the urban landscape to adapt and regenerate after flooding.”

In Detail > Dilworth Plaza, The Architect’s Newspaper, 10/28/13
“The design team’s goal was to create a more dignified civic plaza and to accentuate the area as a center for transportation, while improving access both to the subways as well as across the site. It also sought to accomplish these things while not interfering with Philadelphia’s grand, Second Empire–style city hall.”

Can Floating Island, Porous Sidewalks Save NYC from Floods?Al Jazeera America, 10/29/13
“Dams and flood walls cost many, many billions. But we’re talking about something that’s incredibly inexpensive. Plants happen to be the cheapest of all building materials.”

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

Image credit: Los Angeles River Revitalization / U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

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