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Posted in CITIES, ECONOMICS, FARMS, FOOD, LAM ONLINE, NEW YORK CITY, PEOPLE, PLANTS, RESEARCH, tagged 2014 ASLA Annual Meeting, data, Five Borough Farms, The Design Trust for Public Spaces, Urban Farming on January 17, 2017 | Leave a Comment »
Posted in ECOLOGY, ENVIRONMENT, IDEAS, LAM ONLINE, PEOPLE, tagged Computation, data, Harvard Graduate School of Design, lecture, Realities and Realms colloquium, Realities and Realms: Responsive Technologies in Ecological Systems, Robotics on December 15, 2016 | Leave a Comment »
This presentation of the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) Realities and Realms colloquium examines how landscape architecture is ingesting computation, robotics, and the reams of data that designed environments now produce second by second. In two lecture videos titled Realities and Realms: Responsive Technologies in Ecological Systems, the GSD invites practitioners, researchers, and academics to envision how “anthropogenic perception and technological mediation” will meet in landscape design. (more…)
Posted in LAM MAGAZINE, NOW, PEOPLE, tagged Bal/Lab, Balmori Associates, Beatrix Farrand, Beatrix Farrand’s American Landscapes, César Pelli, Diana Balmori, Obituary, Redesigning the American Lawn: A Search for Environmental Harmony, Sejong City, State University of New York in Oswego, U.S. Commission of Fine Arts, UCLA on November 22, 2016 | Leave a Comment »
BY JANE MARGOLIES
Diana Balmori, FASLA, a pioneering member of the profession and founding partner of Balmori Associates, a landscape and urban design firm based in New York, died November 14 at her home in Manhattan at the age of 84. The cause of death was lung cancer.
During a career that encompassed wide-ranging projects—including the Winter Garden, with its grove of palm trees, inside the World Financial Center in New York and the transformation of the formerly industrial port area of Bilbao, Spain, into an expansive public park—Balmori championed the integration of landscape and architecture. She rejected the notion that landscape design was (more…)
Posted in CITIES, LAM ONLINE, OFFICE, PEOPLE, RIVER RESTORATION, STREETS, WATER, tagged Financial District, Los Angeles, Los Angeles River, Los Angeles Urban Rangers, Urban Hike on November 14, 2016 | Leave a Comment »
The Los Angeles Urban Rangers bring a naturalist’s eye to the urban jungle. Since 2004, they’ve led Angelenos in guided hikes and campfire talks through their city, tallying security cameras and public art instead of rare mushrooms and finches. Their latest video (a tour of downtown Los Angeles’s financial district) seems mostly like an act of whimsy and make-believe—until they guide explorers through dark tunnels and dense webs of infrastructure to one of the few places that offer public access to the concrete-entombed Los Angeles River. From that hidden vantage point, it’s much clearer that all landscapes, green or gray alike, require access and appreciation to survive and thrive.
Posted in EDUCATION, LAM MAGAZINE, MATERIALS, PEOPLE, STUDENTS, tagged Aggregate, Decomposed granite, Envirobond, Forensics, higher education, Kafka Granite, Kenyon College, MVVA, Ohio, panel, Paving, Walking Path on November 8, 2016 | 2 Comments »
BY NEIL BUDZINSKI AND MATTHEW GIRARD
Decomposed granite pavement (DG) is a textured and responsive paving material used on paths and plazas. Yet the quiet appearance of DG masks material and construction complexities that shape the outcome of the built work and belie what may appear to be a simple installation. In 2010, Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates (MVVA), where we are senior associates, was hired to prepare a master plan for Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. Over several years of our working with Kenyon to renovate its historic Middle Path, the challenges of this material were revealed and met through a program of design-phase mock-ups, manufacturer’s product development, and innovations in installation methods. We have learned several lessons regarding the product and the methods that change the way we specify and oversee the installation of this seemingly simple material.
Kenyon’s landscape is organized around Middle Path, a 3,600-foot-long walk made from a local river stone. The material of Middle Path, cherished for its color, texture, looseness, and sound, (more…)
Posted in CITIES, HISTORIC LANDSCAPES, LAM MAGAZINE, PEOPLE, PLANTS, RESEARCH, STUDENTS, UNIVERSITY, tagged Healing Garden, Jones Beach, Military, MVVA, Native Americas, Peter Walker, Sydney, Trails, trees on November 1, 2016 | Leave a Comment »
This month’s LAM is like no other, as we focus all our attention in the feature section to one spectacular project: Barangaroo Reserve in Sydney, designed by PWP Landscape Architecture with Johnson Pilton Walker of Sydney. The 14-acre headland park, which fans out before Sydney’s central business district, is part of a 54-acre urban project within the lines of what had been a colossal shipping terminal. It involves practically everything that is so risky, wonderful, and artful in landscape architecture today—not least the shaping of a new stepped stone foreshore, built from gigantic slabs of sandstone hewn right from the site. It includes lush gardens along sinuous paths that trace along a dramatic slope up from the water. And the new parkland connects intimately with central Sydney. Even for a dean of the profession like Peter Walker, the chief designer, it is a once-in-a-career project.
Don’t miss all the other great stuff in this issue! There are pieces on designing with decomposed granite at Kenyon College; a rather radical adventure by the military to try therapeutic landscape as an answer to post-traumatic stress disorder among returning battle veterans; a quest to uncover the history of “trail marker” trees on onetime Native American lands; and a review of a wonderful new book on the California designer Ruth Shellhorn. The full table of contents for November can be found here.
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Credits: “Peter Walker’s Point,” Hamilton Lund/Barangaroo Delivery Authority; “Keeping Up Jones,” Rendering by Studio RHLA; “The Road to Evidence,” Lisa Helfert; “Searching for a Sign,” Courtesy Lakes Region Historical Society; “The Right Path,” Neil Budzinski; “Her California,” Photograph by Ruth Shellhorn, Courtesy Kelly Comras