Landscape Architecture in the News Highlights (February 16 – 28)

ASLA 2009 Professional General Design Award of Excellence. Buffalo Bayou Promenade, Houston, TX. SWA Group / Bill Tatham

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Unnatural NatureMetropolis Magazine, 2/14
“A metropolitan version of nature: I liked that idea and it’s stuck with me. Urban nature isn’t a phenomenon unique to the twenty-first century, but as city supermarkets add rooftop farms and downtown hotels incorporate bee colonies, the distinctions between urban and rural have become somewhat blurred.”

Mo Beach Mo Benches: Norwegian Firm Crafts Waterfront Plan Along Fjord CoastlineThe Architect’s Newspaper Blog, 2/21/14
“Norwegian firm Arkitektgruppen Cubus AS has conjured up a subtle design intervention for a small stretch of Norway’s fjord coastline. Located in Mo i Rana, a town North of the studio’s Bergen headquarters, the plan reshapes portions of the waterfront through the placement of modular seating, shelters, and walkways. The components of the scheme are to be realized in steel and concrete that has long been-manufactured in the area.”

Southern California’s Light-filled Crown Sky Garden Offers Healing PropertiesInhabitat, 2/24/14
“Landscape architecture firm Mikyoung Kim Design designed Crown Sky Garden, a healing sanctuary that tops the roof of the new Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago. Enclosed by glass walls with striking views of the city skyline, this rooftop garden features a multi-colored resin wall that snakes through an evergreen bamboo grove and reclaimed wood benches.”

Opinion: Can Landscape Architecture Help Resolve Climate Change?The New Zealand Herald, 2/24/14
“The next 100 years will see great change. We have two options, either design a world that works in harmony with nature or create more man-made controlled environments to isolate us from an increasingly hostile biosphere.”

ULI Announces Finalists For 2014 ULI Gerald D. Hines Student Urban Design Competition World Landscape Architecture, 2/26/14
“’Harvard University: The Sulphur Dell Market District’ is a healthy lifestyle community that catalyzes the revitalization of the city of Nashville and is prototypical of resilient urbanism for cities of a similar size. The proposal is based on a landscape framework of layered strategies of ecology, mobility and food, along with creating the conditions for a diverse and resilient urban district that will continue to change and mature over time.”

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

One thought on “Landscape Architecture in the News Highlights (February 16 – 28)

  1. Malcolm Cairns, FASLA 03/05/2014 / 5:02 pm

    This is a nice article, although one might be somewhat concerned that the author’s reactions were from photographs and not an actual visit. As a landscape architect subscriber to Metropolis, I’ve noticed that the publication has a chronic aversion to using the terms landscape architect or landscape architecture on a regular basis. Olmsted was not provided this description, the High Line was “conjured up” by an activist, and SWA was a firm of landscape designers.

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