Landscape Architecture in the News Highlights (April 1-15, 2022) – THE DIRT

Colorado Mountain Park System, Denver, CO, 2014. / Barrett Doherty, courtesy The Cultural Landscape Foundation

The TCLF will honor Frederick Law Olmsted, the father of landscape architecture, with a new digital guide ahead of his 200th birthday — 04/14/22, Archinect
“The 20th in the TCLF’s ‘What’s Out There’ guide series, this edition gives equal weight to 30 National Historic Sites and hundreds of other lesser-known designs associated with Olmsted, including Shelburne Farms and Prospect Park in Vermont. in Brooklyn, which he long considered his masterpiece.

New research highlights role of green spaces in conflict — 04/14/22, University of British Columbia
“Green spaces can promote well-being, but they are not always benign. Sometimes they can be a control tool. That’s the conclusion of a new article that analyzed declassified US military documents to explore how US forces used landscapes to fight insurgency during the war in Afghanistan.

The James Corner Field Operations tunnel atop San Francisco Park is set to debut in July — 04/13/22, The architect’s journal
“Visitors to Presidio Tunnel Tops will find winding cliffside paths, picnic areas, expansive gardens and meadows filled with native vegetation, a 2-acre natural playground for children dubbed the Foreshore post and several elevated vantage points offering stunning views of the city and the bridge. The new strip of park will merge the waterfront and Crissy Field, a former airfield that now serves as a popular recreation hotspot, with the bustling historic Main Post of the Presidio.

Why JW Marriott is planting edible gardens at each of its hotels — 04/13/22, Quick Business Design
“The terrarium was designed by Lily Kwong, whose eponymous landscape design studio has previously worked with H&M, St-Germain and French fashion designer Joseph Altuzarra (who is also her cousin). The terrarium is part of a larger initiative called JW Garden, for which the hotel chain plants fruits, vegetables and herbs for use in its kitchen and spas.

Green transportation projects are subject to lengthy and costly environmental reviews — 04/13/22, The San Francisco Examiner
“Transit agencies across California are poised to move forward with more than three dozen green transportation projects, ranging from bus rapid transit lines to bike lanes. But unless the Legislative Assembly acts, these projects could be mired in years of costly and time-consuming analysis and lawsuits on the grounds that they are bad for the environment.

Special Report: U.S. Solar Expansion Stalled by Rural Land Use Protests — 04/07/22, Reuters
“Solar currently accounts for 3% of U.S. electricity supply and could reach 45% by 2050 to meet Biden administration goals of eliminating or offsetting emissions by 2050, according to the Department of Energy. To get there, the U.S. solar industry needs twice the land area of ​​Massachusetts, according to the DOE. And not just any dirt will do either. It must be flat, dry, sunny and close to the transmission infrastructure that will carry its electricity to market. »


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