Landscape Architecture

Blog post
April 28, 2008, 2pm PDT

One of the many signs that green development and design is reaching a tipping point toward becoming business-as-usual, is the quantity of articles and writings on the subject in what might be considered "mainstream" land development publications. Case-in-point is the current Issue of Urban Land, the Green issue. This attention is a good thing, despite the growing need to ensure that developments that play the green card, truly do walk the talk. 

Brent Toderian
April 27, 2008, 1pm PDT
<p>A former bus and rail yard in park-poor South Los Angeles will be converted into an "urban wetland park".</p>
The Los Angeles Times
April 27, 2008, 5am PDT
<p>Vacant lots and underutilized dirt patches are the the romping grounds of a new breed of activists. Known as "guerrilla gardeners", groups of people all over the world are reclaiming their cities' public spaces and landscapes by planting seeds.</p>
The Guardian
April 24, 2008, 5am PDT
<p>Tacoma, Washington, could become a walkable city, according to Danish architect Lars Genzoe.</p>
The News Tribune
April 22, 2008, 2pm PDT
<p>A few eco-conscious -- and business savvy -- suburbanites are ripping up their lawns and growing vegetables to cater to the increasing demand for local produce.</p>
The Wall Street Journal
April 22, 2008, 10am PDT
<p>New York's newest force of foresters, hired to plant one million trees in all five boroughs by 2017, are receiving more opposition then one might expect.</p>
The New York Times
April 17, 2008, 8am PDT
<p>Fewer kids are walking to school these days. This piece from the American Society of Landscape Architects' <em>Land Online</em> wonders what landscape architects can do to reverse the trend.</p>
Land Online
April 17, 2008, 7am PDT
<p>Cruise ship designers have announced plans for a new 1,180-foot long ship that will be equipped with a "central park" they are comparing to a traditional town square.</p>
Daily Mail
April 17, 2008, 5am PDT
<p>Three years after Irvine, California's "Great Park" was approved, development of the planned public spaces, homes and businesses has struggled to move forward. The housing crisis is being blamed for the lack of action.</p>
The Los Angeles Times
Blog post
April 16, 2008, 11am PDT
Can any North American city have a meaningful public discussion about sustainability, about its "green-ness" or ecological footprint, without having the challenging but necessary public discussion about the city's density? 

Many are still trying to. Many freely trumpet smart growth and sustainability without the tension and trouble that comes with discussing the "d-word" openly, and thus avoid the necessary heavy-lifting. Few politicians, and embarrassingly not enough city planners, are willing to tackle the density issue publicly, as it is still what Sustainable Urbanism author Douglas Farr calls the "3rd rail" of sustainable city building.

Brent Toderian
April 14, 2008, 12pm PDT
<p>In response to the growing demand for urban greenspace, cities around the nation on working on plans for large new parks -- rivaling the urban park boom during the 19th or early 20th century.</p>
USA Today
April 13, 2008, 9am PDT
<p>Green roofs offer an opportunity for outdoor space and gardening for people with little or no yards.</p>
The Hartford Courant
April 12, 2008, 9am PDT
<p>Old subway cars are being dumped off the coast of Delaware, creating a manmade reef. Life is flourishing in this new underwater subway cemetery, but officials worry the reef may be too successful.</p>
The New York Times
Blog post
April 9, 2008, 3pm PDT

Long before I arrived here, I've been a fan and student of Vancouver city-building.  

Brent Toderian
April 5, 2008, 7am PDT
<p>Parking structures topped off with synthetic fields offer a practical solution for areas where parking and recreation space is in short supply.</p>
Athletic Business
April 3, 2008, 5am PDT
<p>The upcoming public art project by artist Olafur Eliasson that will place free-standing waterfalls in the waters around New York City highlights the power public art has to generate economic development and revenue for cities.</p>
The Christian Science Monitor
April 2, 2008, 2pm PDT
<p>A real estate developer in Southhampton Village, New York is planting over 400 mature trees on an undeveloped plot of land -- hoping to recreate the area's historic scenery and make a fortune in the process.</p>
The New York Times
April 2, 2008, 1pm PDT
<p>A new book from Landscape Architect Professor Carl Smith provides designers with an easy-to-use checklist for building sustainable housing.</p>
University of Arkansas
March 30, 2008, 5am PDT
The city of Los Angeles is currently sitting on more than $130 million dollars intended to build parks. But those funds are tied to council districts high in development, leaving districts with little development high and dry.
LA Weekly
March 29, 2008, 1pm PDT
<p>A proposed public art piece featuring a bronze statue of the "Happy Days" character Arthur "the Fonz" Fonzarelli has many up in arms about the process creating and approving public art.</p>
The Next American City