Urban Fold

Landscape Architecture

The piece begins not in New York but three thousand miles west in Seattle with Janette Sadik-Khan explaining how she triumphed over auto interests by taking back precious road space and returning it to the people in the form of plazas and bike lanes.
2 days ago   CityLab
A variety of unsanctioned urban art projects are scattered throughout Toronto, bringing life and energy to otherwise underused spaces.
Jul 28, 2011   The Toronto Star
Small-scale, temporary interventions in urban space have brought the concept of "pop-up" projects into the civic space of cities.
Jul 26, 2011   The Globe and Mail
Looking at "urban acupuncture", a recent movement that eschews massive urban renewal projects in favor of smaller interventions.
Jul 25, 2011   The Guardian U.K.
Not that it's a real surprise that trees clean the air, but a new study shows that greenery in cities can have a significant effect on air quality.
Jul 25, 2011   TheCityFix.com
A new public park in downtown Phoenix is both a venue for artists and performers and a public space that calls to mind a small neighborhood park, according to this piece from <em>Next American City</em>.
Jul 21, 2011   Next American City
A recent bid to lease the land that houses Spiral Jetty, the iconic piece of landscape art by Robert Smithson, has raised questions about whether art on land can be owned and where the line between the two should lie.
Jul 15, 2011   Reuters
Parking spaces in San Francisco are being repurposed as small patio-like park spaces and out door seating areas. John King of the <em>San Francisco Chronicle</em> looks at how they've become part of the city.
Jul 15, 2011   San Francisco Chronicle
Plans to redesign the expanded publicly accessible section of the White House's front lawn combine both walkability concerns and safety concerns.
Jul 13, 2011   The Architect's Newspaper
New playground designs are shaking up public parks around the world. So long, slides, hello interpretive playscapes.
Jul 12, 2011   Dwell
Scheduled to open in two months on the day after the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, project architect Michael Arad and landscape architect Peter Walker discuss their masterpiece.
Jul 11, 2011   The Wall Street Journal