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Ambitious Parks Aim to Transform Oklahoma’s Cities
Scissortail Park Oklahoma City Hargreaves AssociatesThe Gathering Place Michael Van Valkenburgh AssociatesIn Oklahoma City and Tulsa massive city-changing riverfront parks will open over the coming year In Oklahoma City Hargreaves Associates is now building the -acre -million Scissortail Park to revitalize its downtown In Tulsa Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates MVVA is building the -acre million Gathering Place designed to bridge the racial divide and bring reconciliation Oklahoma s smart urban leadership former OKC Mayor Mick Cornett and current Mayor of Tulsa GT Bynum know big city parks can transform a city At the Environmental Design Research Association EDRA the mayors
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Landscape Architecture in the News Highlights (July 1 – 15)
Miami Beach Lorraine Boogich Architectural DigestThe Van Alen Institute in Partnership with the New Yorker Explores Climate Change in Miami Architectural Digest The results are visible says landscape architect Jennifer Bolstad of the effects of climate change on Miami Even if people say they don t believe in climate change they believe in an octopus in the middle of their street Streets That Changed America Curbed Americans define their homes in many different ways but few parts of the landscape capture the culture of a city or the rhythm of daily life better than a signature street How to Design
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Co-Designing with Kids
Blessed Sacrament playground tree planting Craig Glover London Free PressThree case studies from an upcoming book on co-designing with children were presented at the Environmental Design Research Association EDRA in Oklahoma City An environmental designer landscape architect and landscape educator explained how kids if properly motivated and trained can lead planning and design processes Working within a framework and with a motivated youth coordinator kids of all ages can identify and solve design challenges Janet Loebach an environmental designer based in Toronto partnered with a group of mostly-immigrant kids at Blessed Sacrament school in London Ontario to create a new
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Interview with Robert Gibbs: Trees Cause You to Spend More
Robert Gibbs ASLA Gibbs Planning GroupRobert Gibbs ASLA is president of the Gibbs Planning Group which has advised and planned commercial areas in some town centers and historic cities in the U S and abroad Gibbs is a charter member of the Congress for New Urbanism a lecturer at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design author of Principles of Urban Retail Planning and Development and co-author of eight books In retail e-commerce grew percent to billion and it now accounts for percent of all sales Furthermore of millennials prefer online shopping to brick and mortar stores What does this
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Intriguing Findings from the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA)
The Solar Settlement in Schlierberg Freiburg Germany WikipediaIn Oklahoma City a unique mix of landscape architects and designers educators and technologists revealed the results of their explorations into the world of environmental design Drawing attendees from around the globe the Environmental Design Research Association EDRA offered thought-provoking sometimes challenging takes on the human and environmental forces shaping our communities A brief recap of short lectures highlighting interesting research What makes homeowners adopt sustainable practices How do we reach the mainstream homeowner asked Marina Murarolli a professor of languages at the University of Missouri Studying the psychological traits of homeowners across
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In the Batture, Living with Constant Risk Increases Safety
Home in the Batture New Orleans Curbed NOLAThe Batture a historic squatter community nestled between the levee and the Mississippi River in New Orleans is an unconventional model of a resilient community But as climate change forces more coastal communities to deal with greater risks their approach offers some important lessons This tiny community of now only homes which has fought eviction by the city government for generations is constantly exposed to flood risk But living right on the banks of the Mississippi has given the community a deeper understanding of the river s ebbs and flows The residents of
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Roberto Burle Marx, in His Own Words
Roberto Burle Marx Lectures Landscape As Art and Urbanism Lars M ller PublishersRoberto Burle Marx stands as one of the towering figures of th century landscape architecture yet he left relatively little in the way of writing that describes defends or otherwise elucidates his work A new collection of lectures edited by Gareth Doherty ASLA helps fill that void Roberto Burle Marx Lectures Landscape as Art and Urbanism consists of twelve lectures written and delivered by Burle Marx over the latter half of his career In the preface Doherty explains he first learned of these lectures as an intern at
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Landscape Architecture in the News Highlights (June 16 – 30)
The Gateway Arch Park St Louis Gateway Arch Park FoundationFlock of Plastic Flamingos in Buffalo Parks Sets World Record The Buffalo News It started as an inside joke that Stephanie Crockatt thought only she and her colleagues in the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy would understand Here s D C s Memorial For Native American Veterans CityLab Unlike other war memorials in D C the National Native American Veterans Memorial does not highlight a specific conflict but rather an entire people Central Park Love Song The New York Times Even though Central Park like the rest of Manhattan is largely man-made
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