The Daily Blend for Monday, August 19, 2013

The Daily Blend for Monday, August 19, 2013

Despite the current criticisms of overplanning, Kaid Benfield reminds us that the planned, walkable town of Seaside, Florida was radical and incredibly inspiring for its time, particularly its adoption of green infrastructure. Here’s an excellent video about Seaside as produced by Chris Elisara for the American Makeover series. (Switchboard)




This week kicks off with a couple interviews with landscape architects across the nation:


  • Metropolis interviews Kim Mathews and Principal Signe Nielsen, principals of the successful female-owned firm Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects. (Metropolis)


  • Here’s another Q&A with landscape architect Glen Schmidt, founder of the prolific San Diego-based firm Schmidt Design Group. (U-T San Diego)


  • And on the research front, Research Assistant and MLA Candidate Rachel Guinn answers questions about her experience working on LAF’s Case Study Investigations program. (Landscape Architecture Foundation)




  • Here’s some bite-sized placemaking for your morning: Project for Public Spaces rounds up thirteen short (less than 5 min.) inspiring presentations from the recent inaugural Placemaking Leadership Council meeting. (Project for Public Spaces)


  • Downtown Dallas tends to be unfairly stereotyped, when in fact, it’s a pretty rad city. Teeming with arts and culture, the city has also started a trend of pop-up events to enliven vacant public spaces with live music and social activities. Want to see it in action? Check out this happy hour pop-up event video. (GOOD)


  • They call themselves the Mower Gang, the renegade landscapers for the city of Detroit. One-part biker rally and one-part cleanup, they are winning Detroit’s other turf war, one abandoned park at a time. (Landscape Institute)


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