Landscape Architecture in the News Highlights (June 16-30, 2022) – THE DIRT

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Umekita Park / Developers of the 2nd Umekita project

GGN’s design for Umekita Park in Osaka, Japan is under construction – 27/06/2022, Archinect
Seattle-based landscape architecture firm GGN’s design for an urban park in Osaka, Japan is currently under construction. This public/private collaboration focuses on creating sustainable urban public spaces and ecosystems that improve the quality of life for residents and visitors to Osaka, Japan.

Redevelop around Notre Dame to keep tourists moving and lower temperatures – 27/06/2022, New York Times
“The redesign plans to remove fences to expand and merge parks around Notre Dame, make nearby streets more pedestrian-friendly, and plant over 30% more vegetation in the area, including trees to provide extra shade.

Where have all the public benches gone? – 27/06/2022, Arch Daily
“The design and functionality of public spaces in cities are always under scrutiny. But now a new problem and one that lives on a smaller scale is starting to arise – where have all the public seats gone? »

From water squares to tidal parks: meet the Dutch architects rethinking cities for water – 06/24/2022, fast company
“At the heart of De Urbanisten’s practice is the belief that landscape architecture can help mitigate climate change by moving away from outdated drainage systems and adopting more natural approaches like rain gardens and permeable surfaces. “

California’s largest reservoirs at extremely low levels – signaling a dry summer ahead – 06/24/2022, The Guardian
“California’s two largest reservoirs are at extremely low levels, signaling that the state, like much of the western United States, can expect a scorching, dry summer.”

The living city: reintegrating nature into the urban fabric – 06/23/2022, Yale Environment 360
“Urban ecologist Eric Sanderson focuses on the natural history of cities. In an interview with Yale Environment 360, he explains why reclaiming and restoring waterways, salt marshes and forests should be a critical part of how cities adapt to climate change in the 21st century.

He’s turning Dodger Stadium into a world-class garden, one native plant at a time – 06/23/2022, sunset magazine
“It took Perea and his team five years to completely reinvent and replant the concrete hillsides and planters, and meet the official accreditation requirements of Botanic Gardens Conservation International. But today, the former hodgepodge of geraniums and petunias, ivy and lantana is now home to dozens of California natives, dotted with succulents, with a “tequila garden” overflowing with thorny agaves. »

Climate-related floods and droughts are expected to affect millions of people and cost the world’s major cities $194 billion a year – 06/22/2022, C40 Cities
“C40 Cities has revealed new research quantifying the disastrous impacts of climate-induced drought and flooding on the world’s largest cities and their residents.”

Designer Julia Watson Talks Reaching the Age of the Symbiocene – 06/16/2022, Metropolis
“[Watson’s] book 2019, Lo-TEK: Design by Radical Indigenism, has shed light on nature-based infrastructure that has been perfected over millennia, from the living root bridges of the Khasis people in India to the floating island homes of the Ma’dan in Iraq, made from qasab reeds. As the creative world searches for planet-positive design solutions in the face of climate change, the book shows that they have been around for centuries but have been overlooked.

HGA and Nelson Byrd Woltz Complete Design Refresh for Monticello Cemetery for Slaves – 06/16/2022, The architect’s journal
“The UNESCO World Heritage-listed mountaintop plantation was designed and inhabited by the third President of the United States from 1770 until his death in 1826. The cemetery serves as his final resting place to approximately 40 enslaved Africans who lived and worked on the (originally) 5,000-acre plantation, growing tobacco and later wheat.

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