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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 how robots might become farmers, discuss the Earth’s rising temperatures, explore how cities play a key role in addressing climate change, and examine the American strip mall. Enjoy!

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Latest News in Landscape Architecture

Harvest Automation, a start-up material-handling company, designs robots to perform industrial tasks often considered to be banal and monotonous. For example, arranging pots in nurseries and greenhouses, a role that today is quite difficult to find someone to fill. Enter the HV-100 — a bot that clocks up to 10 miles a day and could potentially begin growing specialty food crops.

WATCH: Harvest Automation’s HV-100 robots space plants at Altman Plants in CA

Last year was hot, so much so that the year 2014 now ranks as the warmest on record since 1880, according to an analysis by NASA scientists. Much of life on land experienced its hottest year to date, but what about our oceanic realm? A new report containing data analysis from a a number of sources concludes that current human process and behavior is critically close to causing large-scale deleterious consequences upon the marine biome.

WATCH: NASA | 2014 Continues Long-Term Global Warming

TheCityFix recently sat down for a Q & A with Ani Dasgupta, global director of WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities, to discuss the unique agency cities possess in addressing climate change, igniting economic growth, leavening urbanism and sustainable development, and describing the types of tools and resources needed to make such goals reality.

An interview conducted at the 2014 ASLA meeting in Denver with Chris Reed, founder of Stoss Landscape Urbanism, discusses several of the practice’s both realized and current projects and how they represent and encompass the new way of thinking about design’s relationship with ecological phenomena and systems, as discussed in the new book Projective Ecologies, which Reed co-authored with ecologist and environmental planner Nina-Marie Lister.

Urban geographer and writer Bill Lindeke discusses the inelegant and omnipresent product of post-war America — the strip mall. These edifices pose considerable planning and political challenges. As transit-orientated development becomes favored, planners are tasked with rezoning property around development while simultaneously reconciling business interests.

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