Landscape Architecture

December 12, 2008, 10am PST
Hudson Park and Boulevard is a new 4-acre system of parks being created in New York. Landscape architects Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates were selected to make their vision reality.
The Architect's Newspaper
December 10, 2008, 8am PST
Bricks have been a building staple for a long time, but the sky's the limit for their aesthetic uses.
GOOD Magazine
December 4, 2008, 1pm PST
Austin officials are wrestling with how to confront coyotes encroaching on suburban and urban neighborhoods.
News 8 Austin
December 3, 2008, 8am PST
The people of Salt Lake City have gotten behind the switch to mixed-use, and developers have been clearing away old sprawl. But the flailing economy has put projects on hold, leaving the city with a landscape full of holes.
Utah Stories
November 30, 2008, 1pm PST
Turning a New York landfill into a park may just reorganize the way people think about public parks in America.
New York Magazine
November 28, 2008, 5am PST
For years, citizens have been calling for a freeway cap and park in Hollywood. Now, a preliminary design has been released and advocates say work could begin as soon as 2012 -- if funding comes through.
Los Angeles Times
November 27, 2008, 7am PST
Toronto has created new public space where there was none, building a curvy wooden plaza designer Adriaan Geuze calls a 'WaveDeck' directly over the water.
November 26, 2008, 7am PST
Plans to redesign New York City's Washington Square Park have been hotly protested by community members since their inception. The work is already underway, but the opposition sentiment remains.
The New York Times
November 24, 2008, 8am PST
The first 'firescape' garden is in Santa Barbara, CA, and stands as an educational tool for landscaping homes for fire protection.
November 24, 2008, 6am PST
St. Paul, Minnesota's artist-in-residence has instituted a program where poems are imprinted into sidewalks throughout the city.
The Christian Science Monitor
November 20, 2008, 9am PST
Landscape architect James Corner pushes the envelope of the field to create innovative projects like The High Line Park in New York. 'There is a desperate need for a different kind of professional who isn’t so Balkan­ized.'
November 17, 2008, 9am PST
Downtown Nantucket has acquired a Main St. residents backyard in a prime spot for a pocket park. Landscape architect David W. Bartsch dug in to create an historically correct park style.
The Inquirer and Mirror
November 10, 2008, 5am PST
If the Frederick Law Olmsted of 1857 offered to plan and manage your city’s central park, you probably wouldn’t hire him. The 35-year-old then was a farmer, journalist and former sailor with no formal training in architecture, engineering or any related field. Though he didn’t have much technical expertise, he had great leadership skills. Those gave him the opportunity to succeed, and helped him become successful, according to Leonardo Vazquez.
Leonardo Vazquez, AICP/PP
November 6, 2008, 12pm PST
The American Society of Landscape Architects has released a study revealing that while most adults practice energy-efficient strategies at home, they are considerably less green in their yards and lawns.
Land Online
November 3, 2008, 12pm PST
In a privately-owned plaza designed by Mies van der Rohe in Toronto, owners have sliced into benches to dissuade skateboarding. Some call it an affront to the legendary designer's work.
The Globe and Mail
Blog post
October 31, 2008, 5pm PDT

Since arriving in Vancouver, I've realized that we are part of a "peer group" of international water cities. Through waterfront design conferences where the same cities seem to get invited time and time again, or through deeper and more interactive collegial opportunities for shared learning such as summits or study trips, these global water cities are taking every opportunity to learn from each other's successes and failures around water-edge planning and design. 

Brent Toderian
October 30, 2008, 10am PDT
A contest sponsored by the Vancouver Public Space Network asks the public to find Vancouver's heart, a civic square that best defines the city. Sean Ruthen ponders the city's relationships to the each its primary squares now.
re:place Magazine
Blog post
October 28, 2008, 3pm PDT

When Vancouver City Council approved the new EcoDensity Charter and Initial Actions earlier this year, among these was a prioritized action to further develop the idea of laneway housing. 

The issues and options report relating to this work program is now available for downloading from the EcoDensity website. 

Brent Toderian
October 27, 2008, 6am PDT
A project to transform a municipal landfill into a terraced landscape wins high honors at the 2008 World Architecture Festival in Barcelona, Spain.
October 23, 2008, 8am PDT
In this review of Alex MacLean's new book, "Over: The American Landscape at the Tipping Point," Hervé Kempf of Le Monde describes MacLean's book as a photo essay on a nation at the end of an era.