Landscape Architecture

Blog post
March 21, 2008, 5pm PDT
We all know there's a lot of planning going on around the world. Much of it is poor, short-sighted and generally just no good. But there are also some really great ideas being developed and adopted, and they should be considered by cities and communities all over the world as instructive examples of good planning. Here are what I think are some of the best ideas in urban planning from the last week.
Nate Berg
March 19, 2008, 2pm PDT
<p>This video from <em>StreetFilm</em> shows the extensive traffic calming efforts taken by one beach community in Australia.</p>
March 17, 2008, 2pm PDT
<p>As part of its yearly tradition, officials in Chicago have dyed the Chicago River green to celebrate St. Patrick's Day.</p>
The Chicago Tribune
March 17, 2008, 1pm PDT
<p>Officials in Miami-Dade County have just released their parks master plan, an ambitious proposal that looks to go beyond creating park space by redefining the region's public realm.</p>
The Miami Herald
March 14, 2008, 9am PDT
<p>A proposal to stack millions of concrete blocks containing ashes of the deceased in a gigantic pyramid in Germany is attracting proposals from architects -- and some skepticism.</p>
March 11, 2008, 10am PDT
<p>Urban projects have resulted in the paving over of significant chunks of parkland in Melbourne, Australia -- land set aside more than 150 years ago to act as the city's lungs.</p>
The Age
March 8, 2008, 7am PST
<p>A team of researchers has shown that in urban landscapes -- such as in the cracks of sidewalks -- plant species must evolve their reproduction habits to stay alive.</p>
March 7, 2008, 8am PST
<p>With a focus on public spaces, Flint, Michigan, is looking to revitalize itself.</p>
Making Places
March 6, 2008, 6am PST
<p>The Project for Public Spaces offers this checklist to help determine if your city is a "great" city.</p>
Making Places
February 29, 2008, 6am PST
<p>Nearly 100 million American households have tended a garden or lawn since 2005, a significant increase from years past. According to estimates, much of the rise is due to younger adults getting out in their gardens.</p>
Publishers Weekly
February 28, 2008, 11am PST
<p>A coalition of civil rights groups are concerned that the plans to redesign Washington D.C.'s National Mall will spatially restrict free speech and public protests, a charge the National Park Service rejects.</p>
February 26, 2008, 7am PST
<p>Creating beautiful public spaces is crucial to improving sense of community, according to urban designers looking to revitalize the Mississippi town of Tupelo.</p>
Daily Journal (Northeast Mississippi)
February 25, 2008, 12pm PST
<p>Palm Springs -- once the epicenter of Spring Break -- is criticized by many for lacking public spaces. Now, a collection of architects, planners and urban designers have put out some ideas for improving the city.</p>
The Desert Sun
February 25, 2008, 7am PST
<p>After the Georgia Supreme Court ruled the Beltline project could not use school funds from a tax-increment financing funding source, what next?</p>
Creative Loafing
February 25, 2008, 6am PST
<p>This post from <em>Pruned</em> looks at a proposal to turn a contaminated reservoir into a "bioremediating ecological machine".</p>
February 22, 2008, 6am PST
<p>A group of researchers is using mapping and satellite data to help cities quantify their tree canopy cover -- a move that is spurring efforts to increase tree planting in cities across the country.</p>
Associated Press
February 20, 2008, 6am PST
<p>Mark Ames, author of "Going Postal", wonders if American gun tragedies like last week's massacre at Northern Illinois University might be at least partially explained by the bleak physical built environments of middle America.</p>
February 20, 2008, 5am PST
<p>Public art in the United Kingdom is coming under increasing scrutiny as artists and the public grapple with the question of who should be memorialized in statue form: significant historical figures or ordinary people?</p>
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)