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

Buhl Community Park by Andrea Cochran / Cooper-Hewitt National Design Awards. photos by Marion Brenner and Ed Massery.

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Does Beauty Still Matter?Planetizen, 6/1/14
“There was a time, not too long ago, when the quality of urban landscapes was determined by what they looked like and what it was like to be in them. Their ecological and human health benefits were well known, but these were seen mainly as positive by-products of what was more important: improving the quality of life for people living in cities by providing them with access to nature, or at least some semblance of it. The desire for urban parks was rooted in a simple, yet deep appreciation for the beauty of landscape.”

New Desalination Technologies Spur Growth in Recycling WaterYale Environment 360, 6/3/14
“A ferry plows along San Francisco Bay, trailing a tail of churned up salt, sand, and sludge and further fouling the already murky liquid that John Webley intends to turn into drinking water. But Webley, CEO of a Bay Area start-up working on a new, energy-skimping desalination system, isn’t perturbed.”

Levees Could Protect Lower Manhattan From Future FloodsCurbed, 6/6/14
“If another Sandy-like storm hits New York City, the city government wants southern Manhattan to be much better protected than it was during the devastating 2012 hurricane, from which recovery is still incomplete. So, the New York City Economic Development Corporation and the Mayor’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency have an idea—they could not stress enough that this is just an idea—to extend Manhattan with a 1.3-mile-long living barrier made up of a multi-purpose levee system.”

Meet University of Virginia’s New Architecture Dean, Elizabeth MeyerThe Architect’s Newspaper, 6/6/14
“Elizabeth K. Meyer has been appointed as the dean for the University of Virginia’s School of Architecture. Her two-year term starts July 15th. Meyer received both her bachelor’s and master’s degree in landscape architecture from UVA before going on to teach at Harvard for four years. In 2012, President Obama selected her to serve on the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts. Meyers was the only landscape architect on the panel of seven.”

Honors > National Design Awards The Architect’s Newspaper, 6/12/14
“The Landscape Architecture award went to Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture, a firm with a focus on sustainability efforts and a strong sense of detail.” See more photos of Cochran’s work.

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

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