Landscape Architecture in the News Highlights (May 16-31, 2022) – THE DIRT

Impact of Hurricane Harvey flooding in Texas / SC National Guard, CC PAR 1.0.

Flood control in Houston and New York — 31/05/2022, Architecture file
“These types of projects are often deployed opportunistically, connecting to existing pathways, open spaces, or leveraging adjacent infrastructure projects,” says Scott McCready, director of the architecture firm’s Houston office. landscape SWA Group. This approach can mean greater investment in already well-served areas, but leaving the most needy neighborhoods behind, which McCready says “is an ongoing challenge for everyone involved.”

How the “queen of milk” is transforming industrial sites — 30/05/2022, The New York Times
“For more than 30 years, Julie Bargmann, landscape architect and founder of DIRT Studio (Dump It Right There) in Charlottesville, Virginia, has focused on contaminated and forgotten urban and post-industrial sites, dedicating her practice to social justice. and environmental. .”

21 questions for landscape architect Signe Nielsen — 30/05/2022, Braked
“New York’s 21 Questions is back with an eye on New York creatives. Signe Nielsen is a landscape architect who has been practicing in New York for over 40 years. His company, MNLA, designed Hudson River Park; Little Island, in collaboration with Heatherwick Studio; and the Governor Island Master Plan, in conjunction with West 8. Nielsen is the chairman of the city’s Public Design Commission.

Yes, you can save lives by planting trees, says new study — 05/27/2022, Grist
“For a study published earlier this month in Frontiers in public healththe researchers looked at 35 metropolitan areas in the United States. They compared satellite data showing changes in the amount of greenery in a city with mortality data for people aged 65 and over from 2000 to 2019. Using these measurements, they estimated that even small increases in greenery could have saved more than 34,000 lives over the past two decades.

The social and economic benefits of green schoolyards — 05/24/2022, Trust for Public Lands
“While gray schoolyards had a moderately lower initial renovation cost ($2.3 million versus $2.6 million for green schoolyards), they produced no benefit over time. time, with schools continuing to invest money in sealing asphalt. After the initial investment, the green schoolyards have brought in almost $600,000 in net profits. »

COVID-19 Reduced red tape in cities. Then the bureaucracy returned — 05/23/2022, fast business
“The struggle for parking in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is a microcosm of a larger issue playing out across the country: Cities are designed for cars, not people, and even a global pandemic isn’t hasn’t changed that.”

Kansas City hopes planting more trees will create ‘a city within a park’ and fight climate change — 05/20/2022, Kansas City/Flatland PBS
“City leaders are focused on expanding the city’s greenery to help address the causes and effects of global warming. During the day in Kansas City, asphalt areas and buildings can be up to seven degrees warmer than outdoor areas.

How Countries Militarize Landscaping During War — 05/16/2022, fast business
“Landscaping presents itself as a tool capable of influencing the health and well-being and, therefore, the hearts and minds of local populations. Ultimately, he can achieve military objectives through the planning and planting of green spaces.


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