The Latest News Landscape Architecture
28-November-2016 – Latest News in Landscape Architecture
News report by Bret Lezon
The Latest News in Landscape Architecture 2016 is sponsored by ZinCo – Life on Green Roofs – Ecological and Economical Green Roofs, worldwide.
In this week’s Latest News in Landscape Architecture we highlight an exciting elevated park in Barcelona, feature an impressive proposal for Amsterdam, and examine how Hong Kong is making steps to become more walkable. Additionally, we showcase a book about small-space container gardens, and don’t forget our YouTube Tutorial of the Week! This week we share a brief look at the new features for SketchUp 2017.
Latest News in Landscape Architecture:
- SketchUp 2017: What’s new? [YouTube Tutorial of the Week]
- University of Michigan: Beautiful and Complex Custom Precast Concrete at Gerstacker Grove
- Jardins de la Rambla de Sants is a Park Elevated Above Railway Lines in Barcelona
- Small-Space Container Gardens: Transform Your Balcony, Porch, or Patio with Fruits, Flowers, Foliage, and Herbs [Book Review of the Week]
- The Future of Neighborhoods: Five Projects that Show How We’ll Live
- Urban Farming, Food Markets and Parks Replace Banks and Parking Lots in this Masterplan for Amsterdam
- Study Backs Spread of Living Walls for Polluted Cities
- Can Your City Change Your Mind?
- Making Hong Kong a Walkable City, One Step at a Time
- Reinventing Density: How Baugruppen Are Pioneering the Self-Made City
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SketchUp 2017: What’s new? [YouTube Tutorial of the Week]
WATCH >>> SketchUp 2017: What’s new?
Wonder what’s new with SketchUp 2017? This brief tutorial outlines the newest features. From improved snapping, inferencing, and drawing to new accessibility color customization for axes and inferencing, and a “tables” feature, which is a great way to manage spreadsheets—the 2017 release is a major progression. Give it a try today!
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“A series of sleek, artistic seat walls at the University of Michigan – designed by Stoss to create a luxurious and lively quad that can accommodate performances, events, and everyday activities – stand as an example of the endless possibilities with Tectura Designs’ custom precast concrete. The stunning Gerstacker Grove, located on the university’s North Campus, breathes new life into an underutilized area – where previously the most notable features were well-worn footpaths in the grass.”
Related Article: 6 Awesome Campus Designs from Around the World
An elevated 20,000 square meter park recently opened in Barcelona. Known as Jardins de la Rambla de Sants—this park does not take the place of the rail line, it hides it. Designed by Sergi Godia and Ana Molino, the outcome boasts over 160 trees and 85,000 plants and shrubs organized into different gardens. After a decade of development, the elevated park has become a hub for a variety of public amenities.
WATCH >>> Los jardines colgantes de Sants
“This exciting guide layers practical gardening fundamentals with creative solutions that encourage thinking outside the pot. Maybe this means repurposing a shipping pallet to create a colorful vertical garden of nasturtiums and lobelia. Or simply seeing walls, rafters, railings, and everything in-between as fair game. It’s in these containers–traditional or not–that you’ll cultivate your own food, attract beneficial insects, grow flowering vine privacy screens, and so much more. You’ll also learn how to tackle unique challenges, like windy conditions when gardening several stories above street level, and how to care for plants and troubleshoot with the best of them.”
Related Article: 4 Awesome Projects for Small Garden Design Inspiration
How we live is changing. From the “agrihood” titled the Cannery in Davis, California to Copenhagen’s floating dorms—these are just a few examples of how agriculture, design, and technology is reshaping today’s neighborhoods. Perhaps the most impressive feat is ReGen Villages, which is slated to open early next year outside of Amsterdam.
Related Article: New Neighborhood in Stockholm To Foster Sustainable Development
WATCH >>> Cannery
More Top Stories in the News This Week
- Urban Farming, Food Markets and Parks Replace Banks and Parking Lots in this Masterplan for Amsterdam: Inhabitat
- Study Backs Spread of Living Walls for Polluted Cities: Proud Green Building
- Can Your City Change Your Mind?: Curbed
- Making Hong Kong a Walkable City, One Step at a Time: South China Morning Post
- Reinventing Density: How Baugruppen Are Pioneering the Self-Made City: The Conversation
News report by Brett Lezon