New MLA Program at the University of Cincinnati

=The College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP) at the University of Cincinnati is launching its new Landscape Architecture program this year, focusing on graduate study with four options.

The MLA I First Professional degree is 80 credits for six consecutive semesters, including one international or domestic co-op experience. This program will seek LAAB accreditation.

The MLA IIA Post Professional degree is 49 credits for five consecutive semesters, including two international or domestic co-op experiences. The MLA IIA program will emphasize the study of critical practice and the business of design with an optional Graduate Certificate in Business.

The MLA IIB Post Professional degree is 49 credits for four consecutive semesters, including one international or domestic co-op experience. The MLA IIB program will emphasize interdisciplinary practice in fields within DAAP such as fine art, industrial design, architecture, and urban design.

There is also an option to complete dual Masters in Community Planning and MLA degrees. For more information, please contact Virginia Russell, FASLA, and visit the MLA website. If you are interested in participating in the Cooperative Education program with the UC Division of Professional Practice, please contact Fred Lutt, ASLA.

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Fired up for February! Marin Park Stewardship’s February 2017 Newsletter

Dear Friend,

February is firing up to be an exciting month, as we will be finishing up our planting season!  The Marin Park Stewardship team has been discussing the role of fire in ecosystems and in managing our parks, and we hope this newsletter can shed some light on these topics. Marin Park Stewardship is sending you warmth as we get through this rainy winter season!

 

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Ridge Lane Awarded Grant!

RLN Awarded Grant! Groundbreaking on Caine-to-San Miguel this Spring!

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On January 17, 2017, Lanita Hernandez, Director of the San Francisco Community Challenge Grant program, announced the award of a $100,000 grant to Ridge Lane Neighbors.  This CCG award will be combined with previously allocated money from Supervisor Avalos office and allow for completion of steps and landscaping for Parcel 4 of  the project (Caine St. to San Miguel).  Ground breaking for the Parcel 4 project is expected in April 2017 and the work on the parcel should be completed by the end of Summer 2017.  Ridge Lane Neighbors expects to receive additional funds which will allow for completion of Parcel 2 and 3 sometime during 2018.

Please attend the Ridge Lane Neighbors monthly meetings on the first Tuesday of the month at the Ingleside Library meeting room from 7:00 to 8:30 for more information

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Biophilic Design

Dear Reader,

Welcome to the latest edition of Green Wall News. This month, we highlight biophilia, the concept undergirding all we do at AgroSci. Conceived by renowned naturalist E. O. Wilson, biophilia is the idea that human beings have an innate need to connect with nature. Research has confirmed Wilson’s hypothesis, showing that people are happier, healthier and more productive when they have regular contact with the natural world.

The biophilic design movement grew out of Wilson’s insights. It aims to incorporate nature into indoor, outdoor and urban spaces. Green walls are a key element of biophilic design. AgroSci’s patented air-purifying Aerogation™ system is an especially powerful biophilic element because of its unique ability to increase the natural air cleaning ability of plants about 200 times.

In this issue, we feature recent pieces on biophilia, including an article in an Arizona State University publication, a BBC story on improving urban air quality and a piece by Koru Architects on increasing productivity.

We also have stories on the green wall at the new Sacramento Kings arena, a Mexican seaside home wrapped in green walls and a seminar on green cities.

In AgroSci news, we just installed a green wall at a third 1 Hotel property, 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge, which is slated to open later this month. We want to give special thanks to Harrison Green for their outstanding design. Scroll to the bottom for a picture of the new wall.

Business opportunity! AgroSci is looking for distributors both in the United States and overseas. We’d love to talk to anyone interested in selling our products, especially green roof and other firms that can provide soup to nuts services, installation, design and maintenance. If interested, contact us at sales@agrosci.com

To learn more about AgroSci Green Walls, visit our website. For sales and installation information, contact us through our website contact page.

Green Wall News is always interested in your comments, input and suggestions. Please email them to chrish@agrosci.com.

Sincerely Yours,

The AgroSci Team

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Cartooning the Landscape: Art, Nature, and Consciousness

Cartooning the Landscape: Art, Nature, and Consciousness

UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley

Friday, February 3
6:00 PM- 8:00 PM

UC Berkeley professor Chip Sullivan will take us on an optical sweep of the iconic landscapes of history and illustrate their interrelationship with art, nature, and consciousness. Chip will discuss his lifelong commitment to drawing, garden history. and environmental awareness. Through the medium of the sequential narrative, he will share with the audience tools that will help us envision the metaphysics of landscape to create positive environmental change.

Copies of Chip’s newest book, Cartooning the Landscape, will be available for purchase.

Location
UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley
200 Centennial Drive
Berkeley, CA 94720

Date and Time
Friday, February 3
6 – 8 p.m.

Registration
$15 General admission
$10 Garden Conservancy and UC Berkeley Botanical Garden members
Free registration for UC staff, students, and faculty
Students from other schools may obtain complimentary tickets by calling David Seyms at 415.441.4300.

Register online via the UC Berkeley Botanical Garden website.

Event questions: gardenprograms@berkeley.edu, 510.664.9841

This program is presented in partnership with the UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley.

Chip Sullivan
is a professor of landscape architecture and environmental planning at the University of California, Berkeley. He was named the 1985 Fellow in Landscape Architecture at the American Academy in Rome, among other awards, and is the author of many books, including the classic Drawing the Landscape, which is now in its fourth edition. One of the singular talents in landscape design, Sullivan has shared his expertise through a seemingly unusual medium that, at second glance, makes perfect sense: the comic strip.

For years Sullivan entertained readers of Landscape Architecture magazine with comic strips that ingeniously illustrated significant concepts and milestones in the creation of our landscapes. These strips gained a large following among architects and illustrators. Now those original graphic works, as well as additional strips created just for this book, are collected in his latest publication, Cartooning the Landscape. Read more about Chip Sullivan and his Gonzo Gardens.

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Lab explores projects to lessen effects of sea level rise on SF Bay

By John King, San Francisco Chronicle

January 22, 2017 Updated: January 23, 2017 5:02pm

Luna Taylor walks off of Pier 14 during the peak of the high tide along the Embarcadero in San Francisco, Calif. on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015. Projections suggest that sea level rise could make such tides commonplace — which is part of the reason for Bay Area: Resilient by Design, a design competition where 10 multi-disciplinary teams will be awarded $250,000 each to explore how sea level rise can be managed in the decades ahead. The competition was announced this week and will run 15 months. Photo: Paul Chinn, The Chronicle

Photo: Paul Chinn, The Chronicle
Luna Taylor walks off of Pier 14 during the peak of the high tide along the Embarcadero in San Francisco, Calif. on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015. Projections suggest that sea level rise could make such tides commonplace — which is part of the reason for Bay Area: Resilient by Design, a design competition where 10 multi-disciplinary teams will be awarded $250,000 each to explore how sea level rise can be managed in the decades ahead. The competition was announced this week and will run 15 months.

The Bay Area will soon be a laboratory that tests how urban regions can prepare for the likelihood of sea level rise.

That’s the aim of a $5.8 million design competition being announced this week that will select 10 multidisciplinary teams and assign each a different bayside setting. Each team will have $250,000 to work with and is expected to come up with a proposal that not only looks good but can become reality and has the support of the community where it is located.

Dubbed Bay Area: Resilient by Design, the competition has been slow to get off the ground because of fundraising difficulties. Now the Rockefeller Foundation in New York has agreed to provide $4.6 million to pull off the ambitious 15-month effort.

“This is a great opportunity for our region to start thinking about what the future holds and how to manage that future in a way that’s exciting,” said Allison Brooks, executive director of the Bay Area Regional Collaborative and one of 12 members of the competition’s executive committee.

The competition is modeled on Rebuild by Design, which was started in 2013 in New York and New Jersey. That effort was part of larger recovery efforts in response to the cataclysmic damage from Hurricane Sandy a few months earlier in 2012.

This time the hope is to get ahead of the curve.

“We were drawn to the idea of working with a region on a competition that’s about preparation, not recovery,” said Dr. Judith Rodin, president of the Rockefeller Foundation, which also had a central role in Rebuild by Design. “I love the idea that the setting is the Bay Area, which is so well-known for its energy and innovation.”

The setting is also known for the body of water that defines it, an estuary that extends roughly 50 miles from San Jose in the south to Napa County in the north. That range exposes it to the threats posed by sea level rise, which is related to climate change and is expected to increase in coming decades. Tides could climb as much as 66 inches by 2100 in the Bay Area, according to forecasts done in 2012 by the National Research Council.

Some of those vulnerabilities were explored in The Chronicle’s Rising Reality series last year, from environmentally rich wetlands that would be engulfed to highways that would be submerged during even moderate storms. If nothing is done during the next few decades, for instance, a severe storm coupled with high tides could send water spilling into San Francisco’s Market Street subway.

Looking out over Mission Bay from the upper deck of AT&T Park home of the San Francisco Giants on Wed. Aug. 17, 2016. The parking lot shown is part of a development project at risk from sea level rise — as is much of the Bay Area’s shoreline — so planners want the height of the land raised by several feet before construction begins. Photo: Michael Macor, The Chronicle

Looking out over Mission Bay from the upper deck of AT&T Park home of the San Francisco Giants on Wed. Aug. 17, 2016. The parking lot shown is part of a development project at risk from sea level rise — as is much of the Bay Area’s shoreline — so planners want the height of the land raised by several feet before construction begins.

 

The Embarcadero meets the Bay as seen from the Alcatraz Ferry, on Thursday June 5, 2014, in San Francisco, Ca. Projections suggest that sea level rise in coming decades could place the Embarcadero and other shoreline districts in the Bay Area at risk — which is part of the reason for Bay Area: Resilient by Design, a competition where 10 multi-disciplinary teams will be awarded $250,000 each to explore how sea level rise can be prepared for here. The competition, which will be funded largely by New York’s Rockefeller Foundation, was announced on Jan. 23, 2017 and will run 15 months. Photo: Michael Macor, The Chronicle

The Embarcadero meets the Bay as seen from the Alcatraz Ferry, on Thursday June 5, 2014, in San Francisco, Ca. Projections suggest that sea level rise in coming decades could place the Embarcadero and other shoreline districts in the Bay Area at risk — which is part of the reason for Bay Area: Resilient by Design, a competition where 10 multi-disciplinary teams will be awarded $250,000 each to explore how sea level rise can be prepared for here. The competition, which will be funded largely by New York’s Rockefeller Foundation, was announced on Jan. 23, 2017 and will run 15 months.

 

A pole placed at Crissy Field in 2009 marked the different levels of rising ocean waters that may occur due to global warming in coming decades. Concerns related to sea level rise in the region have only grown since then — which is part of the reason for Bay Area: Resilient by Design, a design competition where 10 multi-disciplinary teams will be awarded $250,000 each to explore how sea level rise can be managed in the decades ahead. The competition was announced on Jan. 23, 2017 and will run 15 months. Photo: Michael Macor, The Chronicle

A pole placed at Crissy Field in 2009 marked the different levels of rising ocean waters that may occur due to global warming in coming decades. Concerns related to sea level rise in the region have only grown since then — which is part of the reason for Bay Area: Resilient by Design, a design competition where 10 multi-disciplinary teams will be awarded $250,000 each to explore how sea level rise can be managed in the decades ahead. The competition was announced on Jan. 23, 2017 and will run 15 months.

 

Read the full article here!

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Save the Planet: Attend These Workshops

Dear all,

 

My name is Hope Hui Rising. I teach landscape architecture at the Washington State University including a studio course on climate change adaptation. My students and I will be coming to San Francisco from January 26 through January 29 to conduct a series of workshops specifically focused on the impacts of climate change on the Dogpatch and Potrero Hill area and how we can prepare for these changes. We are inviting you to attend and ask your help in contacting others who might be interested in participating. To sign up for the workshop(s), go to www.GreenBenefit.org/workshop.

 

These workshops are an opportunity for an intergenerational mix of high school and college students, neighbors and stakeholders and experts to look specifically at the challenges the Dogpatch and NW Potrero Hill Green Benefit District (GBD) will face in the years to come. Together, we hope to conceive solutions that will help the GBD cope with and adapt to those changes while responding to the impacts of other climate-adaptive measures being proposed for the adjacent waterfront properties. Most importantly, we will brainstorm how the GBD can begin taking steps now to be more resilient down the line.

 

The workshops will provide a hands-on climate adaptation educational experience focused on the GBD as a test case to think about how to use ecodistrict design principles to help mitigate the impacts of climate change, like water shortages, and sea level rise. The workshops are being organized with the help of the GBD. We expect to have expert presence from the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, the City of San Francisco’s Public Works and Planning departments, the San Francisco Municipal Transit Authority, the Port of San Francisco, SPUR, and environmental design and engineering firms.

 

Five workshops will be held between January 27 and 29, each lasting approximately 3 hours. Each will follow the same format, but different guest experts may attend each workshop. You may attend one or more workshops. The workshops will be held in the Slovenian Progressive Home located at 2101 Mariposa Street at the following times:

 

Workshop 1: January 27 (Friday) from 3 pm to 6 pm

Workshop 2: January 28 (Saturday) from 9 am to 12 pm

Workshop 3: January 28 (Saturday) from 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Workshop 4: January 29 (Sunday) from 9 am to 12 pm

Workshop 5: January 29 (Sunday) from 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm

 

There will be no costs to you for taking part in the workshop. You will not receive money or any other from of compensation for taking part in the workshop(s). Your participation in the workshop is free and voluntary and you can withdraw at any time. The only requirement is that you read the notification memorandum before attending the workshops and indicate your preference to be or not to be photographed, voice-recorded, and video-recorded when you provide your signature on a sign-in sheet at the workshop(s). The memo can be downloaded after you sign up at www.GreenBenefit.org/workshop. I can be reached at hope.rising@wsu.edu or 503-962-0220 to answer any questions you may have prior to the workshops.

 

Thank you for your interest in this project. We look forward to meeting you at the workshop.

Hope Hui Rising, PhD, PLA

Adaptive Water Urbanism Initiative Lead

www.waterurbanism.net

 

Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture

School of Design and Construction

Washington State University

 

 

Washington State University’s (WSU) Institutional Review Board (IRB) ahs reviewed and approved this project with workshops and if you have any questions regarding the review and approval of the project and your rights as participants, contact WSU IRB at 509-335-3668 and refer to IRB #15819

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ASLA-NCC NEWS AND EVENTS!!!

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Call To Action / Opportunities to Change

Dear Members,

I am writing to let you know of some exciting initiatives from various groups who have asked for ASLA-NCC’s assistance in publicizing their upcoming programs and events. In this changing political climate it is imperative for landscape architects to take a public stand for social and environmental justice, and uphold the code of environmental ethics upon which our profession was founded.

To this end I am happy to share with you the following opportunities for engagement:
  • Design As Protest / National Day of Action – January 20, 2017
    Noon-4pm
    A2 Café, CA College of the Arts, 5212 Broadway, Oakland CA
    This gathering will bring together community members, artists, activists, and designers in pursuit of a design intervention with the explicit intention of addressing issues of injustice throughout the built environment. For more information visit the website, or contact Rachel McQueen, ASLA, at rachel@quadriga-inc.com
  • The Watershed Project / Tree Planting – January 21, 2017
    9am-1pm
    Boorman Park, South 25th Street and Maine Avenue, Richmond CA
    The Watershed Project works to restore and preserve the unique ecosystems that make up the San Francisco Bay through various programs including monthly tree planting. For more information visit www.TheWatershedProject.org, or contact Jennies Tran at Jennies@TheWatershedProject.org.
  • Climate Proofing Dogpatch & Potrero Hill / Community Workshops – January 27, 28, and 29
    Five different morning and afternoon sessions
    Slovenian Progressive Home, 2101 Mariposa Street, San Francisco CA
    These hands-on workshops will explore how Green Benefit Districts can help mitigate climate change and foster resiliency. For more information visit www.GreenBenefit.org/workshop, or contact Hope Hui Rising, PLA, at hope.rising@wsu.edu.
  • Rebuilding Together SF / Garden Design – April 29, 2017
    House by house, and block by block, this group works to preserve affordable housing and non-profit community facilities throughout the city by providing free building repair, modification, clean-up, and renovation work. This year they are looking specifically for several landscape architects to help design gardens at local community nonprofits. For more information visit www.rebuildingtogethersf.org, or contact Karen Nemsick at karen@rebuildingtogethersf.org.
I look forward to meeting you at one of these upcoming events!
Kind regards,
Elizabeth Boults, PLA
President, ASLA-NCC

ASLA Northern California Chapter  3130 Balfour Road Suite D #275  Brentwood, CA 94513  Tel. 415.974.5430
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Sydney Park – a vibrant recreation and environmental asset for Sydney

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The Sydney Park Water Re-Use Project is a seamless intersection of design, art, science and ecology, an outcome achieved by the collaboration landscape architects Turf Design Studio and Environmental Partnership (TDEP), Alluvium (water and environment), Dragonfly Environmental (ecology) and Turpin + Crawford Studio (public art).

Much has been achieved over the past two decades to transform the Sydney Park site from its former post-industrial history and waste disposal, into 44 hectares of parkland and a vital asset for the growing communities of Sydney’s southern suburbs.

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This project forms the City’s largest environmental projects to date, built in partnership with the Australian Government through the National Urban Water and Desalination Plan. It is an integral component of Sustainable Sydney 2030; targeting 10% of water demand to be met through local water capture and re-use in the park. The City also seized the once in a lifetime opportunity to use what was essentially an infrastructure project to breathe new life into the park – as a vibrant recreation and environmental asset for Sydney.

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The City engaged a design team led by landscape architects Turf Design Studio and Environmental Partnership who orchestrated an intense and multi-disciplinary collaboration intersecting design, art, science and ecology – in a ‘roundtable’ of creatives shared between water experts Alluvium, artists Turpin + Crawford Studio, ecologists Dragonfly Environmental, engineers Partridge and the City’s own Landscape Architects. Design Landscapes constructed the project.

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The beating heart of this project tells a story about water; through its function and processes that enables water to be harvested in its wetlands, made good and returned to viable use within the park and nearby industry. Bio-retention wetlands captures water from the Newtown catchment; the equivalent measure of 850 million Litres/year. Making these water flows and reuse processes visible was an important part of the project, as they highlight the intrinsic relationship between water and urban life, topography, people, plant life and fauna.

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The project reinterprets conventional park design, by creating intrigue and dialogue as park users explore and discover ‘moments’ in the landscape that can be at times playful, dramatic and peaceful, but at all times connected to the water narrative of capture, movement, and cleansing. The transformation not only offers inner city residents and the wider community a new place to relax, play and gather in, but it educates on the importance of water management and how improving water quality and reducing potable water can be intrinsically linked into our natural surroundings.

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Team |
City of Sydney, Turf Design Studio, Environmental Partnership, Alluvium, Dragonfly Environmental, Turpin + Crawford Studio

Award | 2016 MAAS Design Award

Photography | Simon Wood; Ethan Rohloff Photography;

http://worldlandscapearchitect.com/sydney-park-a-vibrant-recreation-and-environmental-asset-for-sydney/#.WFGu1VMrJaQ

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Team Felixx – jvantspijker wins design competition in Gufunes, Reykjavik

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The Dutch design offices Felixx and jvantspijker, together with Orri Steinarsson, have won the international urban design competition in Gufunes, Reykjavik. The task was the strategic redevelopment of a vast coastal area of approximately 140 hectares, at the edge of the city. The winning proposal is committed to transform the area, with striking industrial buildings along the coast and a vast green zone inland, into a haven for urban pioneers. The 1st prize was awarded during a ceremony on Wednesday night (December 7th) by the mayor of Reykjavik. In due course the process to elaborate and implement the project will be developed.

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The winning proposal positions the area as an overflow for downtown Reykjavik. Tourism keeps growing, and the city can hardly cope with the increasing pressure on space and program in the center. Gufunes will therefore become an unpolished haven for starters, city pioneers and creative businesses that can no longer be accommodated elsewhere in the city. The vast area is being restructured into a coherent whole. The zone around the existing industrial buildings will be re-densified into a new urban center. The open green area transforms into a multifunctional recreational park for events and large-scale outdoor activities.

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The spatial strategy creates the conditions for a phased transformation, able to anticipate on different development speeds. A simple grid structures the industrial area, and a network of paths and roads organize the recreational landscape. The urban and park landscape are linked, and necessary connections with the surrounding urban environment and the shoreline are established. The framework ensures the overall spatial quality and functioning of the area. It both defines the frame and generates the conditions for the re-development of existing and construction of new buildings.

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A crucial element is the proposed waterbus service, making Gufunes accessible for commuters and tourists in an environmentally friendly way. The heart of the community is the revitalised pier, where the first phase program is driven by the realisation of the famous Baltasar Kormákur’s film studios in an existing warehouse. Around the pier a wide variety of functions and programs are planned: small businesses, cafes and restaurants, a hotel, residential buildings, leisure and outdoor program. Together these interventions will put Gufunes on the map as a new destination in Reykjavik.

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The combination of a new pioneer area and a recreational landscape park add necessary space and non- existing conditions to the city. They enrich the urban ecology: Gufunes as the urban fertilizer for Reykjavik.

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Images Credit | Team Felixx – jvantspijker

 

http://worldlandscapearchitect.com/team-felixx-jvantspijker-wins-design-competition-in-gufunes-reykjavik/#.WFGu0VMrJaQ

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