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Latest News in Landscape Architecture

Latest News in Landscape Architecture


In this week’s Latest News in Landscape Architecture, we take a look at some evocative new design proposals, discuss alternatives to high-rise residential living, explore study option for prospective postgraduate students, and even look at what poop is doing to New York City’s stormwater. Enjoy!

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Latest News in Landscape Architecture

The team of Colwell Shelor, West 8, and Weddle Gilmore have been announced winners to design a new civic space in the city of Mesa, Arizona. Trumping finalist teams of Woods Bagot + Surface Design and Otak + Mayer Reed, the design aims to be a core driver in the next 100 years of urban growth in downtown Mesa.

What if instead of going up, we went horizontal? Lloyd Alter discusses the idea of Roadtown, originally proposed in 1910 by Edgar Chambless, suggesting that such edifices would be have less limitations and noiseless transportation. A proposal called the Jersey Corridor Project explored this further in 1965, proposing a twenty-mile long linear city. Could today be a viable time to test this cogent alternative to the vertical city concept?

WATCH: Michael Graves: Linear City | Grounds For Sculpture

Cities Unlocked is the brainchild of blind Microsoft employee and is part of larger shift in in how visually impaired people navigate the urban landscape. Microsoft has joined forces with two UK based non-profit organisations, Guide Dogs and Future Cities Catapult, culminating in a recent demonstration project.

WATCH: Cities Unlocked: Lighting up the world through sound

After 27 months in the making the renovation work on the original 1934 zoo is complete. Atelier Jacqueline Osty & Associés, the landscape architects responsible, have blurred the boundaries between enclosure and engagement allowing viewing experiences driven by framing and composition.

The excitement in cities today is beginning to be reflected in the expanding number of postgraduate choices for would-be city shapers and urban world changers. Traditionally, only architecture, planning, design, or urban studies were available for prospective students. Today, however, a new urban curriculum is emerging in response to the current brand of urbanism.

The guys at Inhabit have recently conducted an interview with architect Ate Atema – a man who has made it his mission to clean up New York City’s stormwater management problems. The problem? New Yorkers poop in the same pipes stormwater passes through. His Solution? ‘Street Creeks’ — an affordable system of bioswales installed throughout the city.

WATCH: Ate Atema: Street Creeks

Cycling to work or casually is great and is beneficial regardless of income level, but have you ever considered cycling infrastructure as a catalyst for gentrification within lower socio economic neighbourhoods? This article on Urbanful discusses how bike lanes and the economic and political forces behind them are crating conflict within certain communities.

In densely populated cities open space is a precious commodity. Resultantly, the number of over-water urban parks is beginning to increase, with plans revealed this week for a $170 million park on the Hudson River, people are begging the question — is it an urban solution to extend our parks out or even into water, or just an elitist design fad accessible only to a few?

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News report by Paul McAtomney

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