Landscape Architecture

February 19, 2008, 12pm PST
<p>Scientists are proposing a plan to buffer the Gulf Coast from the brunt of hurricanes by engineering more than 1000 square kilometers of new wetlands along the coast.</p>
New Scientist
February 16, 2008, 11am PST
<p>Prominent museum heads in the United Kingdom are calling for greater discretion in the commissioning of public art pieces. They say the latest batch of sculptures are "monsters".</p>
The Times (London)
February 7, 2008, 8am PST
<p>This article looks at how landscape architects have combined green roofs, public spaces and affordable housing to address the chronic homelessness in San Francisco's infamous Tenderloin district.</p>
Landscape Architecture
January 25, 2008, 12pm PST
<p>New York City parks officials have announced plans to generate extra revenue by selling off naming rights for some of the city's public park attractions.</p>
New York Post
January 25, 2008, 5am PST
<p>If 'peak oil' makes oil-intensive industrial agriculture economically unfeasible, will suburbanites need to turn their lawns into farming plots?</p>
Common Dreams
January 22, 2008, 2pm PST
<p>The city of Pasadena, California has enlisted a groups of more than 100 volunteers to walks and evaluate its streets to rate the city's walkability.</p>
Pasadena Star-News
Blog post
January 21, 2008, 3pm PST

Like many world cities, Vancouver has a growing discussion on the issue of "iconic" architecture, one that I've been a part of and encouraging. This despite the fact that, like many urbanists, the word iconic actually makes me nervous.  

Brent Toderian
January 21, 2008, 6am PST
<p>More than 200 acres of public land in Texas were transferred to the Department of Homeland security on the order of a federal judge. The department sought the land as part of its plan to build hundreds of miles of fences along the U.S.-Mexico border.</p>
The Los Angeles Times
January 11, 2008, 8am PST
<p>Engineers have cited safety concerns in advising against tree planting along streets, but recent research shows that the rare tree-lined street may be less dangerous than the much more common street lined with parked cars.</p>
January 11, 2008, 5am PST
<p>This video from <em>Streetfilms</em> looks at the bike boxes painted on New York's streets and explain how to use them.</p>
January 10, 2008, 1pm PST
<p>Montreal may have been a "city of design" when it hosted 1967's World Fair and UNESCo says it still is. But one prominent Canadian architect is skeptical.</p>
January 9, 2008, 9am PST
<p>Plans are moving forward for Atlanta's broad Beltline project, including parkspace, mixed use development and transit. But this piece from the <em>Atlanta Journal-Constitution</em> argues that a grand vision is needed to harness the momentum.</p>
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
January 9, 2008, 6am PST
<p>High-profile urban parks in Denver and Irvine, California, hint at a resurgence in the creation of outdoor spaces in America's urban areas.</p>
The Economist
January 8, 2008, 11am PST
<p>This piece from the <em>Los Angeles Times Magazine</em> looks at the recent trend of including public squares in high-profile L.A. projects, and examines why they don't really work in the traditional sense.</p>
Los Angeles Times Magazine
January 8, 2008, 8am PST
<p>Blue boxes painted on the street at key Portland intersections are part of an effort to reduce the amount of bikers hit by cars turning right.</p>
The Oregonian
January 5, 2008, 7am PST
<p>This article from <em>Progressive Planning</em> discusses the walls that run more than 700 kilometers in Palestine. But as author Gary Fields writes, this barrier is not about security, it's about control.</p>
Progressive Planning
January 3, 2008, 12pm PST
<p>The expansive Beltline transit and parkspace development planned for Atlanta is being hindered by one man's lawsuits over the legality of the funding used to build it.</p>
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
December 23, 2007, 11am PST
<p>A design has been chosen for the redevelopment of Governors Island in New York. The winning proposal plans to convert most of the island into parkspace.</p>
The New York Times
December 22, 2007, 1pm PST
<p>Plans to redevelop the Mississippi riverfront in New Orleans are being released, including more than 100 acres of parks and pathways.</p>
Architectural Record
December 20, 2007, 2pm PST
<p>As part of a special issue on cities, the Canadian magazine <em>The Walrus</em> examines the little-known histories of famous public squares around the world.</p>
The Walrus