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

President Jimmy Carter speaking in front of solar panels placed on the roof of the West Wing of the White House, announcing his solar power policy / WKL, Library of Congress.

The 1977 White House climate memo that should have changed the world – 06/14/2022, The Guardian
“Years before the climate crisis became part of the national discourse, this memo to the president predicted disaster.”

At 200, Frederick Law Olmsted continues to shape public space – 06/11/2022, boston globe
“It’s impossible to imagine Boston without its emerald necklace, designed by the man considered the father of landscape architecture on principles the city struggles to live up to today.”

Nelson Byrd Woltz tapped to lead planning process for Angel Oak Reservation in South Carolina – 06/09/2022, The architect’s journal
“Angel Oak is the crowd-drawing centerpiece of a namesake 9-acre park on Johns Island operated by the City of Charleston. In the future, Angel Oak will be further protected in a 35-acre nature preserve surrounding the park which, as announced this week, will be designed by Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects.

Go up. We’re going to save the mall. – 06/08/22, The New York Times
“The second wave of shopping center construction in the 1970s often targeted low-lying areas that were difficult to develop for residential or other uses, and rightly so, as they were bottoms or stream beds subject to floods. Meriden Hub Mall in Meriden, Connecticut was one such location. In 2007, the city began work on a plan, using local, state and federal funds, to replace the mall with a 14-acre park, opening access to Harbor Creek, creating a public space that also functions as a water retention basin and the construction of a bridge and amphitheater.

Union Square in New York gets a colorful reminder to calm down – 06/09/2022, Bloomberg City Lab
“The Ripples of Peace and Calm mural is meant to draw attention to the new pedestrian areas and pay homage to the city’s Asian community.”

How New Orleans neighborhoods are using nature to reduce flooding – 06/08/2022, Grist
“For many New Orleans residents, water management isn’t about billion-dollar levees or century-old pumps. These are small nature-based projects like this rain garden or this pavement that allows water to infiltrate, new wetlands or tree-lined streets.

Solution or Band-Air? Carbon capture projects move forward – 06/07/2022, Yale Environment 360
“Long discussed but rarely used, carbon capture and storage projects – which bury waste CO2 underground – are on the rise around the world. Some scientists see the technology as a necessary tool to reduce emissions, but others say it simply perpetuates the burning of fossil fuels.

The first phase of the radical redesign of Omaha Park by OJB Landscape Architecture will open on July 1 – 06/07/2022, The architect’s journal
“The rectangular urban green space in downtown Omaha, which debuted in 1977 with a design by Lawrence Halprin & Associates, required a 21st century refresh after a long period of underutilization and neglect. As OJB put it, the park had long struggled with “difficult access and activation issues.”

PRIDE: Creating inclusive landscapes for all to enjoy — 06/01/2022, Luxury
“For landscape architect David A. Rubin, empathy and accessibility are fundamental qualities of professional and personal ethics. Founding director of DAVID RUBIN Land Collective, a nationally certified LGBT small business studio with offices in Philadelphia and Indianapolis, urges designers to shed light on the challenges of others by asking a simple question: “How can I help you ? Here, Rubin emphasizes the importance of taking risks and looking for commonalities rather than contrasts.

Boston Heat Plan — 06/01/2022, Architecture file
“The Heat Plan follows a nearly decade-long collaboration between Sasaki and the City of Boston and is a new and essential part of the Climate Ready Boston initiative, which seeks to address the short- and long-term effects climate change, such as sea level rise and extreme rainfall.


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