Landscape Architecture

December 14, 2007, 12pm PST
<p>Plans have just been announced for a large park space in Atlanta, circled by pedestrian friendly developments, including 5,000 units of housing and mixed use developments. But making it happen will require a lot of cooperation.</p>
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
December 14, 2007, 7am PST
<p>The urban lighting artist responsible for illuminating hundreds of Parisian landmarks tackles one last challenge before retiring: the Notre Dame Cathedral.</p>
The Globe & Mail
December 13, 2007, 1pm PST
<p>Planning has begun for a 400-acre plot of land near downtown Los Angeles, and expectations are high.</p>
Los Angeles Downtown News
December 13, 2007, 7am PST
<p>Some cemeteries are being planned and designed for uses beyond the funeral. But more should be done to improve the banal architecture of the cemetery, according to this article from <em>The Guardian</em>.</p>
The Guardian
December 12, 2007, 8am PST
<p>The City of Houston has come to an agreement with Clear Channel Advertising for the company to remove about 800 billboards from the city -- the result of a citywide plan to clean up the city's "visual clutter" that started more than 20 years ago.</p>
The Houston Chronicle
December 11, 2007, 9am PST
<p>More and more walls are rising in Baghdad neighborhoods, giving areas a calmer, safer feel. But the walls also create a prison-like atmosphere and many residents are conflicted about the tradeoff.</p>
The Christian Science Monitor
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