Posted in CITIES, FOOD, GREEN ROOFS, HEALTHY COMMUNITIES, HISTORIC LANDSCAPES, HISTORY, INTERVIEW, LAM MAGAZINE, MEMORIAL, PEOPLE, PHOTOGRAPHY, PRESERVATION, THE BACK, WATER, tagged African-American, Ateliers Jean Nouvel, Australia, Babi Yar Park, biodiversity, Chavis Park, Colorado, community, dam, Denver, Elwha River, Halprin, Holocaust, Iceland, Italy, Kiev, Milan, Milan Expo 2015, Molly Meyer, Natural History, North Carolina, One Central Park, outreach, Patrick Blanc, public, Raleigh, Skeo Solutions, Smithsonian National Museum, Sustainability, Sydney, Ukraine, vertical garden, Washington on July 2, 2015 |
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July’s LAM looks at the long-needed rehabilitation of Babi Yar Park, a memorial ground in Denver dedicated to the lives lost in Kiev, Ukraine, during the Holocaust, by Tina Bishop of Mundus Bishop; a rethinking of Chavis Park in Raleigh, North Carolina, by Skeo Solutions, which embraces the park’s African American heritage through public engagement; and the ground-to-crown planting of the One Central Park high-rise in Sydney, designed by Ateliers Jean Nouvel, with Aspect | Oculus and Jeppe Aagaard Andersen, where sprawling green balconies make what is said to be the tallest vertical garden in the world.
In this month’s departments, the Milan Expo 2015 centered on food sustainability seems to draw controversy from every angle; Molly Meyer is leading the charge for affordable, simpler, and greater biodiversity in green roofs; and nature reclaims lands once lost from the demolition of two dams on the Elwha River in Washington State. In The Back, an exhibit at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History immerses visitors in the beauty of Iceland through sight and sound. All this plus our regular Now, Species, Goods, and Books columns.
You can read the full table of contents for July 2015 or pick up a free digital issue of the July LAM here and share it with your clients, colleagues, and friends.As always, you can buy this issue of Landscape Architecture Magazine at more than 200 bookstores, including many university stores and independents, as well as at Barnes & Noble. You can also buy single digital issues for only $5.25 at Zinio or order single copies of the print issue from ASLA. Annual subscriptions for LAM are a thrifty $59 for print and $44.25 for digital. Our subscription page has more information on subscription options.
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Credits: “The Global Cucumber,” Tim Waterman; “Green Roof Gold,” Michael Skiba; “A River Returns,” National Park Service; “Star Witness,” © Scott Dressel-Martin; “The Chavis Conversion,” Skeo Solutions; “Live It Up,” Simon Wood Photography; “Songs of Ice and Fire,” Feo Pitcairn Fine Art.
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Posted in BROWNFIELDS, CITIES, CLOSE-UP, HISTORIC LANDSCAPES, LAM BLOG, SHORELINE, tagged Australia, Barangaroo, design, Headland Park, natural, Peter Walker, PWP Landscape Architecture, revision, Sustainability, Sydney, waterfront on June 30, 2015 |
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The Headland Park at Barangaroo Sydney, designed by PWP Landscape Architecture, is scheduled for its formal opening this summer. It is a total re-visioning of what was once a one-kilometer concrete slab described as the “third runway at Sydney airport” into an organic waterline reminiscent of its original form when Aboriginals inhabited the area. This nearly four-minute video, presented by Barangaroo Sydney, describes the multidisciplinary approach to the project and the separate components, from the sandstone hewn from the site to the native vegetation selection, that create a place unique to Sydney. Separately, an interview with Peter Walker in 2010 goes into detail on the design decisions for the iconic landscape, as well as what the design elements mean for Barangaroo and Sydney. For a more promotional video detailing the history of the site to the present, visit here.
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Posted in CITIES, HEALTHY COMMUNITIES, IDEAS, LAM BLOG, NEW YORK CITY, PEOPLE, RESEARCH, STREETS, tagged Boogie Down Booth, boroughs, bridges, Bronx, Design Trust for Public Space, dlandstudio, DOT, elevated subway lines, FASLA, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Highway Outfall Landscape Detention system, highways, industrial, LED, Manhattan, Manhattan Waterfront Greenway, Miller Highway viaduct, Morrisania, New York City Department of Transportation, NYC Plaza Program, Polly Trottenberg, pop up, Queens, Riverside Park South, South Bronx, Susan Chin, Susannah Drake, Underneath the Elevated, Underneath the Elevated: Reclaiming Space Connecting Communities, underserved, waterfront, WHEDco on June 26, 2015 |
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Under the Elevated launch event at the Pier i Café.
Aside from the surviving section of the hulking Miller Highway viaduct looming overhead, Thomas Balsley’s masterfully designed Riverside Park South is a serene place with tall, wavy grasses and meandering pathways. The viaduct, however, bisects the park, casting shadows and blocking views. The din from the traffic overhead can make it difficult to hear people talking on parts on the park’s distinctive curved pier that juts out into the Hudson River.
Such was the case last week, when officials from the nonprofit Design Trust for Public Space and the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) had to shout to make themselves heard as they announced the publication of a new 128-page book called Under the Elevated: Reclaiming Space, Connecting Communities. The product of a two-year study, the book looks at ways to transform the often dark and dirty spaces beneath the 700 miles of bridges, elevated subway lines, and highways that run throughout the five boroughs of the city. According to the book’s introduction, the amount of space available for redesigning is nearly four times the size of Central Park.
With the publication of Under the Elevated, the Design Trust is seeking to inspire civic efforts throughout the city similar to the one it helped catalyze with its pivotal 2001 study for the High Line. “Not every neighborhood needs a High Line,” Design Trust Executive Director Susan Chin said. “However, the need to alleviate the negative impact from the presence of elevated lines is even greater in the outer boroughs.” (more…)
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Posted in CITIES, LAM MAGAZINE, RECREATION, THE BACK, tagged Alps, badi, bars, cafe, decks, Ernst Cramer, lake, Letten Areal, Meier Hug Architekten, Mythenquai, Oberer Letten, Robert Landolt, Rotzler Krebs Partner Landscape Architects, Seebad Enge, Seeugerweg, Stefan response, swim, Swiss Horticulture Exhibition, Switzerland, Thomas Maurer, Utoquai, volleyball, Zurich on June 16, 2015 |
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BY JESSICA BRIDGER
In Zurich, the quest for something cool ends at the nearest badi.
It is hard not to feel extremely self-satisfied on a late summer afternoon in Zurich, relaxing in the sun. Not only because you perhaps just closed a multibillion euro-Swiss franc M&A deal but because you know that you live in a modern fairy-tale paradise of a city. Where else can you lie out suntanning on a weathered wooden deck, dark aquamarine lake sloshing under you, glass of rosé at your side, steps away from your office in the heart of the city? Zurich is an amazing city for many reasons, and the public baths, known as badis, along the river and lake are certainly not the least of them. If they sometimes seem as perfect as a mid-1990s Abercrombie & Fitch photo shoot with a European city backdrop, this is because they largely are. But this is no accident of urban fortune, nor is it an example of mysterious Swiss superiority. Zurich is a place that leveraged its fortunate position on a lake early, and from its hygienic beginnings to its recreational present, steps were taken to ensure high environmental and open space quality. All with a healthy dash of Swiss sophisticate lifestyle mixed in the blue-green watery bliss.
And what water it is. It is clean enough to swim in on a hot summer day. It is potable—Lake Zurich currently provides 70 percent of the city’s drinking water. It is clean enough to make ice cubes. It would seem to be alpine fortune, an accidental natural wonder, blissfully free of industrial and human effluent. Actually, starting in the mid-1970s, water treatment effectively reduced pollutants, including algae-blooming phosphorus, sickening E. coli, and chemical and biological contaminants. Water treatment plants, overflow sewers, and industrial pre-treatment transformed the water from typical urban filth to drinking water. As cities across the globe shift their focus to waterfronts as a public amenity instead of a site of industry, reclaiming urban space, Zurich’s badis have the power to inspire. Swiss bathing culture is deeply embedded, with everyone from former Swiss National Bank chairmen eating popsicles at Seebad Enge to teens and grandparents building sand castles alongside whiny toddlers. (more…)
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Posted in ASLA, CITIES, ENVIRONMENT, GARDENS, GREEN ROOFS, LAM BLOG, PLANTS, POLLUTION, tagged Anacostia Watershed Society, DDOE, green, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, healthy cities, heat island, insulation, rainwater, regulations, retention, RiverSmart Rooftops, sedum, stormwater, subsidies, Watershed Protection Division on June 11, 2015 |
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After 10 years of evolution, the green roof of the American Society of Landscape Architects is producing a new and varied crop.
We recently came across this piece by Brittany Patterson at E&E Publishing on green roofs in the nation’s capital and their enormous (and necessary) benefits, which was originally published behind E&E’s paywall. E&E, which does excellent daily reporting on climate change and energy issues, has kindly allowed us to repost the article in full.
NATION’S CAPITAL BECOMES GREEN ROOF CAPITAL TO FIGHT EXTREME HEAT, HEAVY STORMS
BRITTANY PATTERSON, E&E PUBLISHING, LLC, JUNE 9, 2015
Nestled on Eye Street in downtown Washington, D.C., near the heart of the bustling city lies the headquarters of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA).
From the front, the brick building looks like any other in the neighborhood, but take the elevator and a flight of stairs to the roof and you’ll find yourself surrounded by rows of green Sedum, blooming prickly pear cactus, and patches of lush butterfly milkweed and hare’s-foot clover. It’s almost possible to imagine you are sitting in the tranquil countryside, not just on the roof of a building covered in foliage.
As relaxing as they can be, green roofs are more than just easy on the eyes.
“Green roofs deliver multiple benefits for both combating heat and in the retention of stormwater,” said Kate Johnson, a program analyst with the District Department of the Environment (DDOE). “Both are issues we think are going to continue to be important in light of climate change. It’s projected to get hotter, and it’s projected we’ll have more extreme rain events.”
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Posted in CITIES, HEALTHY COMMUNITIES, LAM MAGAZINE, PARKS, TRANSPORTATION, tagged bloomingdale trail, Chicago, CMAQ, Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality, dlandstudio, elevated rail parks, Federal Highway Administration, FHWA, High Line, Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, QueensWay project, Rails to Trails, The 606, transit, Trust for Public Land, VOC, volatile organic compounds, WXY Architecture + Urban Design, Zach Mortice on June 10, 2015 |
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BY ZACH MORTICE
Chicago’s elevated rail park, the 606, was conceived and funded as transit infrastructure.
For a relatively new landscape typology, elevated rail parks suffer from no shortage of claims about what they can do for cities. Namely, they can renovate decaying infrastructure, add green space to dense urban areas, improve public health by offering more opportunities for exercise, and honor, rather than demolish, historic industrial landscapes in neighborhoods under immense pressure to remove them.
Beyond New York’s famous High Line, a new generation of elevated rail parks is adding a very practical use to the list, one quite divorced from typical ideas about recreational park use: They can become transit and commuter corridors.
Newly opened this weekend, Chicago’s new elevated rail park, called the 606 (named for the first three digits of Chicago zip codes), will offer landscaped paths to harried bicycle commuters and recreational amblers alike. The park will run 2.7 miles on the former Bloomingdale freight rail line, which has been closed since the 1990s, from the far west side almost to the River North central business district. It is said to be the first such park to combine pedestrians and cyclists along its whole length. The landscape design is by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates.
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