Landscape Architecture

July 21, 2008, 5am PDT
<p>This article from <em>LA Weekly</em> looks at L.A.'s parks deficit and what some are trying to do to address it.</p>
LA Weekly
July 20, 2008, 1pm PDT
<p>Guerrilla gardening- planting flowers and edibles in untended pockets of cities- is a growing phenomenon. This article looks at a group of Toronto residents who've turned ugly medians into lush gardens.</p>
CTV Toronto
July 20, 2008, 11am PDT
<p>The American Society of Landscape Architects has awarded the Lurie Garden in Chicago's Millennium Park with it's highest honor.</p>
July 20, 2008, 9am PDT
<p>The New York Times profiles Marathon, a tiny town in Texas with no jobs to speak of but a growing number of second-home buyers looking for the quiet life.</p>
The New York Times
July 16, 2008, 7am PDT
<p>New Orleans officials say they have enough grants and private funds to move forward on a "Great Lawn" park for the city, functioning as a gathering place and a link to other attractions.</p>
New Orleans Times-Picayune
July 15, 2008, 8am PDT
<p>The New Yorker traces the history of the American lawn from 1841, commenting on their unnatural origins, and finally analyzing the alternatives suggested by anti-lawn movements.</p>
The New Yorker
July 13, 2008, 7am PDT
<p>Artist Anish Kapoor, creator of the famous "mirrored jellybean" in Chicago's Millennium Park, is creating a new series of massive sculptures for five depressed cities in Yorkshire. Backers hope the art will transform the region.</p>
The Guardian U.K.
July 11, 2008, 11am PDT
<p>Plans were recently revealed for the much-ballyhooed High Line Park in New York, converting an abandoned elevated railway into a recreation area. But the NY Times says, 'I’d been hoping for a utopia. Instead, I got sumac.'</p>
The New York Times
July 11, 2008, 5am PDT
<p>Landscape architects aren't typically well known, but their work is a major part of many peoples' lives. As urbanization increases, their influence on city dwellers will become more noticeable, according to this article.</p>
The Vancouver Courier
July 10, 2008, 2pm PDT
<p>When California declared a statewide drought, a couple decided to let their front lawn die.</p>
July 9, 2008, 12pm PDT
<p>Stakeholders in Austin debate the future of a public golf course in the center of town while the University of Texas, owner of the land, debates whether to seek greater profits off the land. Neighbors champion the course as vital open space.</p>
Austin American-Statesman
July 8, 2008, 6am PDT
<p>In an effort to raise extra money, cities and counties in Florida have been selling advertising in public spaces. Some say it's a good way to get extra revenue, but others worry about the visual pollution of public areas.</p>
Herald Tribune
Blog post
July 7, 2008, 10am PDT

In my recent post outlining Council's approval of the EcoDensity Charter and Initial Actions I referenced that two new rezoning policies approved by Council (Actions A-1 and A-2) may give Vancouver the highest green requirements for private-sector building design and large site design in North America. Here are these two policies that are in effect as of May 13, 2008. 

Brent Toderian
July 7, 2008, 8am PDT
<p>Landscape architecture firm dlandstudio is taking the stench out of the Gowanus Canal by building a new public park that is beautiful as well as functional.</p>
The New York Sun
July 5, 2008, 9am PDT
<p>In this column, landscape architect Bill Thompson, FASLA, takes a look at the shortcomings of Boston's City Hall Plaza as a public space and what he feels are misguided efforts to preserve it.</p>
Land Online
June 29, 2008, 9am PDT
<p>Artist Olafur Eliasson has installed a cascading waterfall directly under one of the towers of the Brookyln Bridge. In this excerpt, he reflects on the need for public space and the impact of art in public.</p>
Wall St. Journal
June 27, 2008, 12pm PDT
<p>A recent conference in Austin, Texas, of real estate appraisers explored how they should incorporate green-building techniques and features into their assessment of properties.</p>
Austin Business Journal
June 25, 2008, 8am PDT
<p>Landscape architect Gary Sexton worked on a tight budget and dodged commissions and regulations to create a beautiful vision for downtown Bremerton (near Seattle).</p>
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer
June 24, 2008, 6am PDT
<p>Despite predictions that the city was dying, St. Louis has just won an "All-America City" award. Neal Peirce looks at how the city turned itself around.</p>
The Washington Post Writers Group
June 21, 2008, 9am PDT
<p>This commentary from the <em>Los Angeles Times</em> calls for creation of a central park for the city, made by putting a "cap" over a section of freeway.</p>
The Los Angeles Times