Landscape Architecture

Feature
September 22, 2008, 12pm PDT
Some 'parkers' faced police harassment, but on the whole Park(ing) Day 2008 was sunny and positive, as Los Angelenos put their own stamp on the celebration. In this video slideshow, we take a tour of some of L.A.'s parking spot parks.
Nate Berg
Blog post
September 21, 2008, 1pm PDT

Last Friday, I was in two different suburban environments in Atlanta. Both are sprawl by any normal definition of the term - car-oriented environments where residential streets are separated from commerce, sidewalks are rare, and densities are low. But the two places are as different as sprawl and new urbanism.

Michael Lewyn
September 20, 2008, 5am PDT
More and more lawns across the country are getting axed and replaced with gardens.
The Oregonian
September 17, 2008, 5am PDT
Three teams of landscape architects were given 24 hrs. to develop a master plan for the growing Michigan town of New Buffalo.
Metropolis Magazine
Blog post
September 16, 2008, 9am PDT
I occasionally get accused locally of being too much of a "booster" for Vancouver's success and reputation in city-building and urban design. Although I usually tend to mix in a healthy dose of "constructive candour" on how we need to improve, if there's truth to this accusation, I'd say I come by it honestly. First off, I've been an admirer and careful student of the Vancouver approach to urbanism, as imperfect as it might still be, long before I arrived in the City as Director.
Brent Toderian
September 3, 2008, 8am PDT
Bill Thompson of the ASLA reports on a public space in Silver Spring, Maryland that upends everything landscape architects and planners think they know about what makes a successful public space.
ASLA's The Dirt blog
September 3, 2008, 7am PDT
The Governor of New York recently signed off on tax abatements for developers who install green roofs
The New York Times
August 31, 2008, 9am PDT
Viviana Franco became a planner so she could reform a park 100 ft. from her childhood home in Hawthorne, CA. But her quest has become mired in local politics as the site was sold in a local auction.
The Los Angeles Times
August 31, 2008, 7am PDT
American cities are increasingly making moves to reclaim their streets. In this column, Neal Peirce looks into the trend.
Citiwire
August 27, 2008, 12pm PDT
Cafe seating overlooking New York's Broadway traffic is popular in spite of safety concerns.
The New York Times
August 26, 2008, 11am PDT
Champion cyclist Lance Armstrong tops a list of heavy water users in a city trying hard to conserve while meeting rising demand during a drought and steady or rapid population growth.
Austin American-Statesman
August 20, 2008, 1pm PDT
Broad redevelopment plans have been approved for Seattle Center, the public gathering place first built in 1962 for the World's Fair.
The Seattle Times
August 18, 2008, 1pm PDT
A city in the midst of a revitalization effort has targeted landscape designs allegedly aimed at spiting the neighbors.
Dallas Morning News
August 12, 2008, 9am PDT
Upkeep and Water Consumption Prompt Reviews of the Esthetics of Faux Turf
The Los Angeles Times
August 10, 2008, 11am PDT
A handful of EDAW interns have created an ambitious plan for a new park to connect L.A.'s disconnected downtown with lush greenery.
The Architect's Newspaper
August 10, 2008, 7am PDT

"Some Cal Poly students and staff have their minds set on growing 4,000 fruit and vegetable plants in the concrete jungle of Los Angeles - on the walls of four downtown buildings.

The Tribune
August 10, 2008, 5am PDT
<p>Tom Coffin is tasked with fining those who remove Atlanta trees without a proper permit, but last week he was fired, allegedly for complaining about the “almost total lack of enforcement” by other arborists.</p>
The New York Times
August 3, 2008, 7am PDT
<p>East Fourth St. is a popular spot in downtown Cleveland, an alley lined with tables from onlooking restaurants. A recent renovation has resulted in an explosion of flowers.</p>
The Cleveland Plain Dealer
August 2, 2008, 11am PDT
<p>This article from <em>The New York Observer</em> looks at how New York City might be different with more "livable streets".</p>
The New York Observer
July 30, 2008, 11am PDT
<p>Allison Arieff reports on the latest happenings in urban agriculture, including the planting of a full-scale edible landscape in her own backyard.</p>
The New York Times