Top 10 Stories in the World of Landscape Architecture

News report by Brett Lezon 21-December-2015 The Latest News in Landscape Architecture 2015 is sponsored by ZinCo – Life on Green Roofs – Ecological and Economical Green Roofs, worldwide. In this week’s Latest News in Landscape Architecture we feature several pedestrian-friendly concepts from Dallas to New York, highlight a newly proposed public pier in Traverse City, and announce a collection of principles useful for landscape architects of all ages. 10 of the Best Stories in This Week’s Latest News in Landscape Architecture:

  • Arup Releases Report Envisioning a Greener Madrid
  • Traverse City Public Pier > A New Iconic Destination for the Great Lakes
  • Uptown’s Crescent Is Getting a Makeover, Emphasizing Openness
  • A Winter Installation of 30 Giant Seesaws in Montreal
  • What If We Turned New York’s Longest Street Into A Giant Park
  • 7 Ways Cities Will Get Better When Driverless Cars Hit the Streets
  • Ten Random Principles to Consider When Starting Your Career in Landscape Architecture
  • Scientists Hope Vacant Lot Gardens Keep Detroit Water Clean
  • Sowing the Seeds of Gardening-Based Change at Masdar City
  • The Greening of Split: Trees to Be Planted in City Centre

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Madrid has partnered with Arup’s Foresight + Research + Innovation and Madrid’s Sustainability Master Planning and Landscape Architecture team to develop a series of guidelines to address climate change. The progressive report offers several solutions to nature-based approaches to regulate Madrid’s urban environment, while responding to pollution, strong storm events, drought, and biodiversity loss. Download the report here Related Article: 280 Million Euros Invested into Urban Revitalisation Project

Traverse City, Michigan’s proposed Public Pier is a 550-foot public space projecting out into the West Arm of Grand Traverse Bay on Lake Michigan. This iconic Great Lakes destination will provide enhanced public access to the water, featuring dramatic views of the bay and city, and supporting a wide range of uses, including deep-water fishing for non-boaters. Custom seating, LED lighting, shade structures, interpretive signage, and other amenities create a distinctive user experience. Aquatic habitat enhancement, shoreline erosion control structures, and cultural and economic linkages make the Pier part of a holistic, sustainable waterfront. Traverse City worked closely with SmithGroupJJR to develop an inclusive, participatory public process to inform decision-making and design. The project was designed in Revit, utilizing a new built-in parametric/algorithmic modeling tool called Dynamo . WATCH: Traverse City Public Pier

An 11-acre mixed-use development in Uptown Dallas known as The Crescent is getting a major makeover. This French-Renaissance style building constructed in 1985 will be modernized, according to the development team. Designed by The Office of James Burnett Landscape Architecture (OJB), Staffelbach, and GDA Architects the renovation is intended to increase curb appeal. Ultimately, the property will become more pedestrianized in addition to proposed gathering spots to meet friends. Collectively, the team aims to “create a more porous and welcoming environment.” Related Article: Does The Klyde Warren Park in Dallas, Bridge the Gap to a Greener City?

Each year, (for the last six) a winter installation transforms the Place des Festivals in Montreal. This year features 30 giant seesaws and video projections. Created by the Toronto-based firm Lateral Office, Montreal-based CS Design, in collaboration with EGP Group—the design team has established a joyous wintry space for all ages. “Every year, we are eager to give Montrealers a new creative winter experience in the heart of the Quartier des Spectacles. Luminothérapie’s public installations transform our relationship with the city, beautify it, and give it a wonderful friendly touch,” said Chantal Rossi, Ville de Montréal Associate Councillor Culture, Heritage and Design. Impulse runs from December 10, 2015 to January 31, 2016. Related Article: How Place d’Youville is Teaching us That Artificial is Not Fake! WATCH: Making of – Luminothérapie 2015-2016

While the design began as part of a fellowship program, the Green Line, which is a proposal for a 40-block linear park in the center of Manhattan—the concept is receiving loads of attention. Instead of improving underused infrastructure, this new park seeks to advance roads for other means such as bioswales, rain gardens, and other treatments to address stormwater. Since Times Square and Herald Square closed to automobile traffic in 2010, Broadway has seen fewer cars and many experts contend that will only continue. “I think the bigger sort of trajectory is driving is becoming less attractive for people, and more people are walking and biking and taking public transit,” says Jonathan Cohn, principal at Perkins Eastman, the architecture firm that created the renderings. “In general, there’s a lot of interest in making spaces that are more pedestrian-friendly.” Related Article: The Urban Revitalisation That Inspired New York City’s High Line Park More Top Stories in the News This Week:

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