Landscape Architecture

December 6, 2007, 10am PST
<p>The Southern California city of Lawndale has passed tight restrictions that prohibit residents from paving their front yards with concrete -- an effort to reduce the amount of vehicles parked in front yards and fight what some call a "sea of gray."</p>
The Daily Breeze
December 5, 2007, 2pm PST
<p>A Las Vegas homeowner has been convicted of killing more than 500 trees to improve his property's view of the famous Las Vegas Strip.</p>
The Los Angeles Times
December 5, 2007, 1pm PST
<p>The state of Indiana has announced plans to purchase more than 150 miles of abandoned railways, much of which is slated to become greenspace.</p>
The Indianapolis Star
Blog post
December 5, 2007, 9am PST

 In an earlier post, I wrote about how the EcoDensity Initiative here in Vancouver has been transforming the public dialogue about density ( ). Since then, over autumn, the conversations have intensified, with Vancouverites from all perspectives weighing in. Just Google "ecodensity" for a flavour of what’s being written, in media, articles, and blogs, etc. The community is very aware and engaged in this important initiative, and that’s a great thing. 

Brent Toderian
December 4, 2007, 12pm PST
<p>A Boston Globe correspondent takes a walk along the still unfinished Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway that has replaced the I-93 freeway.</p>
The Boston Globe
December 3, 2007, 1pm PST
Digital billboards are slowly cropping up in cities across the country. Federal officials have ruled them safe, but many opponents are calling them a blight and a safety hazard.
November 22, 2007, 5am PST
<p>The dedication of a piece of public art in San Francisco inspires this reflection on the not-so-welcoming arms of the city's progressive population to public art projects in the past.</p>
The San Francisco Chronicle
November 19, 2007, 8am PST
According to new analysis of satellite data, Hurricane Katrina destroyed 320 million trees. Dead trees will release about 367 million tons of carbon dioxide as they decompose.
Los Angeles Times
November 18, 2007, 1pm PST
<p>The golf community evolves to include more amenities and place-making design.</p>
The New York Times
November 15, 2007, 12pm PST
<p>How computer-aided design (CAD) changed manufacturing, architecture and engineering.</p>
November 11, 2007, 7am PST
<p>This post from <em>Dwell</em>'s blog shows the floating housing project that has been constructed in New York to provide a habitat for the area's bird species.</p>
Dwell Blog
November 9, 2007, 12pm PST
<p>Plans call to remap Coney Island's amusement district as parkland, allowing further amusement and recreational development, but blocking proposed high-rise condo towers.</p>
The Village Voice
November 8, 2007, 7am PST
<p>A $5 million garden restoration in the heart of Kabul is drawing hundreds of visitors and reminding us that beauty always matters, even in a time of war.</p>
The Globe & Mail
November 7, 2007, 6am PST
<p>The city of Toronto has approved design guidelines for future development of parking lots within the city. The guidelines call for more trees and better drainage, but as of now are not included in any mandatory city policies.</p>
The Toronto Star
November 5, 2007, 2pm PST
<p>A list of more than 200 ways designers, architects and planners can improve the integration of projects with their surrounding ecosystems has been released by the American Society of Landscape Architects.</p>
Greener Buildings
November 4, 2007, 9am PST
<p>Government officials in Britain are calling on planners and designers to put more emphasis on re-visioning cemeteries as public parks.</p>
The Globe & Mail
Blog post
November 1, 2007, 3pm PDT

Some of you may remember my observations in an earlier post on the wonderful event I participated in earlier this year, with New York's Forum for Urban Design. Its rare indeed to get the opportunity to discuss and debate issues of urbanism over 2 days with the chief planners for New York, Boston, London, Singapore and Toronto. Months later, I'm still thinking about some of the perspectives I debated about with my peers in these great cities. You can see my earlier comments on the discussion, titled "World Urbanists take Manhattan: Lessons learned and left" at:

Brent Toderian
November 1, 2007, 10am PDT
<p>Experts say smarter land-use planning is needed as risk from wildfires and droughts caused by global warming increases.</p>
The Washington Post Writers Group
November 1, 2007, 7am PDT
<p>Plans to build an expansive mid-city park in Dallas may be squashed as voters consider whether they want to pay for a six-lane tollway and various other highway improvements to mitigate the loss of transportation routes through the proposed park.</p>
The Wall Street Journal
October 29, 2007, 2pm PDT
<p>A look at the interesting architectural features of the new skyscraper in Mumbai that will serve as a corporate meeting facility and private residence for India's richest person.</p>
Architectural Record