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

Adriaan Geuze at Governor’s Island  / The New Yorker, Illustration by Eda Akaltun

From Tahrir to Tiananmen, ‘City Squares’ Can’t Escape Their History – NPR, 5/1/16
“From Mexico City’s Zócalo to Rome’s Piazza Navona, public squares have always been a vibrant part of urban life. After visiting Italy a few years back, editor Catie Marron began thinking about the different roles these public spaces have played.”

Google Launches New Views of Houston Parks The Houston Chronicle, 5/3/16
“Although much of the Houston Parks Board’s Bayou Greenways 2020 project is still being developed, you now can take a virtual tour of the massive hike and bike trail system from anywhere in the world. The tour was created through a partnership with Google, which today launched Street View images of more than 80 Texas attractions via its Google Maps application.”

Revisiting the Constructed Edens of Roberto Burle Marx The New York Times, 5/12/16
“You get back to Eden by preserving what exists of the original, or by creating new versions of your own. Roberto Burle Marx, the great Brazilian landscape architect, did both.”

French Landscape Firm Wins Pershing Square Competition with Call for ‘Radical Flatness’The Los Angeles Times, 5/12/16
“The newest plan to remake downtown L.A.’s Pershing Square is elegantly simple. If only the same could be said for the process that will now be required to get it approved, paid for, and built.”

The Ups and Downs of Vertical Gardens The National, 5/13/16
“Vertical gardens, or living walls, are springing up across the UAE, as innovative new technologies, coupled with increased horticultural understanding, have expanded the potential design permutations of this living art form.”

Play Ground The New Yorker, May 2016 Issue
“The landscape architect Adriaan Geuze hopped onto the grass, cupping his hands to his ears. ‘You can hear a million insects,’ he said, in his vowelly Dutch accent.”

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