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

The lights in Buffalo Bayou Park change with the phases of the moon. / Photo: Buffalo Bayou Partnership
The lights in Buffalo Bayou Park change with the phases of the moon. / Buffalo Bayou Partnership

Lighting and Leaves at Buffalo Bayou Park The Houston Chronicle, 10/1/15
“Come fall — not the one on the calendar, but the Houston version that kicks in around December — the cypresses will glow copper. Come spring, the redbuds will sprout purple and pink, Houston’s version of the famous cherry blossoms in Washington, D.C. This is what landscape architect Scott McCready of SWA says is in store at Buffalo Bayou Park.”

A Champion for Balboa ParkSan Diego Downtown News, 10/2/15
“When landscape architect Samuel Parsons, one of Olmsted’s protégés, designed Balboa Park in 1901, it was considered a municipal park to serve San Diego’s population of less than 50,000, not a destination park that would have the 14 million visitors a year it does today, making it the fifth most-visited park in the nation.”

L.A.’s Olympic Ambitions Could Boost River Restoration – But at What Cost? The Los Angeles Times, 10/4/15
“For years, politicians, activists and community groups have been laying the groundwork for a transformation of the Los Angeles River, one that would rip up stretches of concrete and add parks, wetlands and other natural spaces.”

Substance, Style, and the Success of the 606 Planetizen, 10/5/15
”At a time when the direct link between public open space and public health is more established fact than hopeful supposition, and cities are increasingly willing to invest in their urban landscapes, the focused program and straightforward design of the 606’s centerpiece, the Bloomingdale Trail, provides an exhilarating breath of fresh air into an urban realm in need of a few good surprises.”

An Inside Look at Denver’s Best Outside Spaces – The Denver Post, 10/9/15
“Parks can seem like static places in busy cities, especially Denver circa 2015, where everything around them is growing at full speed. But open spaces, such as plazas, pedestrian malls and public campuses, are constantly changing, too, just at their own pace.”

Growing Chicago: A Flourishing City in a Garden The Chicago Tribune, 10/9/15
“In 2013 we asked readers for ideas to help Chicago prosper in our New Plan of Chicago series. Many pitched the same smart thought: Why not divert empty or underused land to urban farms? Let oases of fresh produce flourish in food deserts. Don’t force local residents to trek miles for fresh kale or collards.”

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