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Posted by on Jun 26, 2017 in Latest News Landscape Architecture

Latest News Landscape Architecture June Edition

26-June-2017 – Latest News Landscape Architecture June by Brett Lezon | Edition No. 2 out of 2

In this week’s Latest News in Landscape Architecture we highlight a planting program in Manila, which seeks to limit pollution and flooding, feature a proposed overpass park in Pittsburgh, and examine how bike-sharing data could be used to improve transportation planning.

Additionally, we showcase a book about how landscape architecture can remedy global challenges, and don’t forget our YouTube Tutorial of the Week! This week we share a resource on developing maps without Photoshop.

10 of the Best Stories in this week’s latest news in landscape architecture:

  • Maps styles _ Without Photoshop [YouTube Tutorial of the Week]
  • Manila Hopes Greening its Shorelines Will Yield Cleaner Water and Less Flooding
  • Gowanus Canal Conservancy Unveils Renderings for SCAPE-Designed Gowanus Lowlands
  • Out There: Landscape Architecture in the Global Terrain [Book Review of the Week]
  • Architectural Designs for Ross Pavilion Bring Reimagining to Edinburgh History
  • Meeting Planned on an Overpass Park that would Cap I-579/Crosstown Blvd.
  • Landscape Architecture: Experience Infrastructure
  • Vectorworks’ Brian Nicholson Among First SITES Accredited Group
  • Bike-Sharing Data could be Used to Improve Urban Transport Planning and Cut Congestion, Leading Firms Tell Tech Conference
  • Call for Applicants to Future+Aformal Academy Advanced Urban Design Program

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  • Maps styles _ Without Photoshop [YouTube Tutorial of the Week]

WATCH >>> Maps styles _ Without Photoshop

Throughout, this 11-minute tutorial, the presenter demonstrates how to use the Google Map customizer to edit the map appearance. From changing the color scheme to adding attractions—this is a quick way to create a map sans Photoshop.

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The metro region of Manila is home to nearly 13 million residents and many water bodies such as Laguna de Bay are in serious environmental and economic danger. Throughout the region, surface-water resources are vital for drinking water, transportation, recreation, and flood control. While heavily-engineered solutions have been proposed to remedy increased pollution and flooding, the Philippine Department of Environmental and Natural Resources (DENR) is promoting a softer approach. Along a stretch of lakeshore, the DENR planted a small grove of bamboo trees to illustrate how natural solutions could be more economical and more effective in curbing erosion, soaking up nutrients, and slowing pollution.

“These bamboo plants are a start of a much larger planting program for the lake and for the country,” says Eusebio Jacinto, a DENR staff officer in Calamba. “Our plan is to plant 1.6 million hectares of bamboo, and 600,000 hectares of mangrove. We’ve got to find better ways to keep pollution and sediments from getting into the lake and rivers.”

Related Article: 10 Reasons Why Cities Should Daylight Rivers

WATCH >>> Laguna de Bay Aerials

In what could be New York City’s next great park, the Gowanus Canal Conservancy (GCC) has announced the launch of Gowanus Lowlands, a new comprehensive vision for the transformation of Brooklyn’s Gowanus neighborhood. The once-toxic, 1.8-mile Superfund site will be designed by Manhattan-based SCAPE landscape architecture studio. 

According to the conservancy, the Gowanus Lowlands plan will feature a comprehensive system of parks and public spaces including a waterfront esplanade, bridges, lookout points, maritime meadows, performance spaces, and playgrounds.

Related Article: What Happens When You Fill a Dumpster with Dirt?

“In view of massive changes in ecological systems, as well as increasing migration and the spread of unplanned human settlements, landscape architecture is also being confronted with global challenges. Out There: Landscape Architecture in the Global Terrain is a plea to redefine the discipline’s position. Innovative but complex approaches are presented in examples of specific projects from all over the world. Landscape architecture today commits itself to the spatial systems that will shape tomorrow’s society.”

Related Article: 3 Projects Show how Green Infrastructure can Solve our Global Problems

After a rigorous review process by the Ross Development Trust, in partnership with the City of Edinburgh Council and Malcolm Reading Consultants, seven design practices have been shortlisted for the Ross Pavilion and Gardens project. Located in Edinburgh, Scotland, the competition aims to revive a live music venue site that can be dated back to the mid-1800s, however over the past few decades it fell into disrepair. Construction is expected to begin in 2018 after a finalist is selected.

Related Article: The Mind-Blowing Design of Porsche Pavilion

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News report by Brett Lezon

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