The Best News in the World of Landscape Architecture

News report by Brett Lezon 8-February-2016 The Latest News in Landscape Architecture 2016 is sponsored by ZinCo – Life on Green Roofs – Ecological and Economical Green Roofs, worldwide. In this week’s Latest News in Landscape Architecture we showcase a tree-covered, mixed-use development in Paris, examine the benefits of long-term garden design, and explore Turkey’s urban growth. In addition, we’re trying something new with a YouTube tutorial of the week. This week features some nifty Photoshop tricks used when devising a site analysis diagram.

Latest News in World of Landscape Architecture

Here are 10 of the Best Stories in the World of Landscape Architecture:

  • YouTube Tutorial of the Week
  • Could Freight Hubs Become Eco-Villages?
  • A Park in the Middle of the Vegas Strip?
  • Moorside Landscape Design Competition
  • How Ljubljana Turned Itself Into Europe’s “Green Capital”
  • 2015 Landscape Architecture Australia Student Prize: University of Adelaide
  • Tree-Covered, Mixed-Use Development Will Create a “Green Ribbon” in Paris
  • The Benefits of Long-Term Garden Design
  • The Lure of the City–Turkey’s Urban Centres Are Modernising at the Double
  • Seattle Architect Says the Time Is Right for This Highway-Capping Park Design

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WATCH >>> Site Analysis Diagram with Photoshop and Hand Sketching

This detailed, hour-long YouTube tutorial shows the step-by-step process of creating a site analysis diagram using a hand sketch and Photoshop CS6. It explains how to correctly use layers and examines how to develop the necessary elements (may differ per design) such as boundaries, vehicular and pedestrian circulation, screening, green space, building footprint, text, etc. Ultimately, this tutorial demonstrates how to produce a professional site analysis diagram—giving you an edge when presenting to clients or professors. Related Article: 10 of The Best Photoshop Tutorials on YouTube for Landscape Architects

Your average rail-freight and agriculture corridors—often overlooked—demonstrate the hidden story of the central cities they support, plus the large-scale economy needed to make it happen. Landscape architect and Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) professor Conor O’Shea sees a similar misconception in urbanism. There’s no such thing as “outside the city,” he believes. Interestingly enough, he has envisioned a village model much different than the cul-de-sac and strip mall lifestyle—something like an eco-friendly cross between a truck-stop and a suburban town center, with less familiar aesthetics. “These aren’t things I’m inventing. I’m just saying they could be put back together differently“, said O’Shea. Related Article: Changing the World, One Street at a Time with EcoDistricts

An oasis that borrows elements from the surrounding desert is slated to open in April 2016. Situated between Monte Carlo Resort and Casino and New York-New York Hotel & Casino, The Park will serve as the gateway to the new T-Mobile Arena. Designed by !melk landscape architecture & urban design, the respite features monumental shade structures, dynamic water features, theatrical lighting, and mature plant life. Flowerings plants such as pink hesperaloes, yellow damianitas, and purple salvias will create year-round visual interest and color throughout The Park. View the renderings here.

In 2009, NuGen (a UK nuclear company) secured an option to purchase land on the West Cumbrian coast of England from the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority. In 2011, the UK government confirmed, through its National Policy Statement, that NuGen’s site was suitable for a new nuclear power station. As a result, NuGen has launched two international design competitions. One is for design concepts for the key buildings, open to architects; the other, open to landscape architects, is for design concepts for important elements and features of the landscape scheme, including significant earth bunds and mounds. The winning designs will go on to be developed as part of a future landscape masterplan, with the mounds forming an integral part of the setting of Moorside Power Station. Completed and signed entry forms are due Friday, February 26. Explore the competition timeline for complete details. WATCH >>> An introduction to the Stage 1 Consultation

Much has changed in the past 10 years in Ljubljana. The modest-sized Slovenian city has replaced traffic-clogged streets with an energetic, car-free downtown. Ljubljana’s successful fight against traffic is one reason the European Commission named the city European Green Capital for 2016. Besides its transformed downtown, the city boasts a wealth of architectural heritage and indigenous forests that make up almost half the city’s land area, a bike share program that’s quickly gaining traction, a robust recycling program, and a comprehensive network of green spaces—proving that smaller cities have lessons to offer. “Every city can increase the quality of life in very short time if the mayor has a good team,” says Zoran Janković (Ljubljana’s mayor since 2006). “You must have more projects than the money you have in budget.” WATCH >>> Tjaša Ficko – Ljubljana: 2016 European Green Capital

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