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22 Dec 2016

2017 Sadie Gwin Blackburn Environmental Seminar

Jan 12, 2017
Brown Auditorium in the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Houston, TX

Charles A. Birnbaum, FASLA, FAAR, president and CEO of The Cultural Landscape Foundation, will deliver the River Oaks Garden Club’s Annual Sadie Gwin Blackburn Environmental Seminar. Drawing heavily on the work of The Cultural Landscape Foundation with many of our collaborators, this lecture, entitled “Make Visible, Instill Value, and Engage the Public in Our Shared Landscape Heritage”, will highlight a diversity of resource types throughout Houston, Texas and the Nation, emphasizing stewardship strategies and opportunities for public engagement.

Topics to be addressed:

What is the foundational knowledge that informs stewardship/interpretation of our landscape legacy? How do we assign value and assess significance for landscapes like Hermann Park and Rienzi? How can we work (and communicate) holistically across multiple disciplines? How do we make a landscape’s layers of history, (a.k.a. “palimpsest”), at a cultural landscape like Memorial Park or Emancipation Park known and understood? Then, armed with this foundational knowledge, how can we tell these stories to the broadest possible public?

22 Dec 2016

Personality Profile – Jan Gehl

Jan Gehl is a Danish architect and urban design consultant based in Copenhagen whose career has focused on improving the quality of urban life by re-orienting city design towards the pedestrian and cyclist. He is a founding partner of Gehl Architects.

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Gehl first published his influential Life Between Buildings in Danish in 1971, with the first English translation published in 1987. Gehl advocates a sensible, straightforward approach to improving urban form: systematically documenting urban spaces, making gradual incremental improvements, then documenting them again.

Gehl’s book Public Spaces, Public Life describes how such incremental improvements have transformed Copenhagen from a car-dominated city to a pedestrian-oriented city over 40 years. Copenhagen’s Strøget carfree zone, one of the longest pedestrian shopping areas in Europe, is primarily the result of Gehl’s work.

Gehl participates in and advises many urban design and public projects around the world:

In 2004 he carried out an important study in to the quality of the public realm in London, commissioned by Central London Partnership and Transport for London, and supported City of Wakefield and the town of Castleford in developing and delivering better public spaces, as part of an initiative known as “The Castleford Project”.
In 2007–08 he was hired by New York City’s Department of Transportation to re-imagine New York City streets by introducing designs to improve life for pedestrians and cyclists. The DOT used Gehl’s work to “directly inform” the implementation of their new urban planning and design policies and projects.
Gehl has been influential in Australia and New Zealand as well, where he prepared Public Life studies for the city centres of Melbourne (1994 and 2004), Perth (1995 and 2009), Adelaide (2002) Sydney (2007), Auckland (2008), Wellington (2004), Christchurch and Hobart.

Gehl credits the “grandmother of humanistic planning” Jane Jacobs for drawing his attention to the importance of human scale. “Fifty years ago she said – go out there and see what works and what doesn’t work, and learn from reality. Look out of your windows, spend time in the streets and squares and see how people actually use spaces, learn from that, and use it.”

22 Dec 2016

ALIA announces the dates for 2017 Festival

The International Festival of Landscape Architecture is designed to position landscape architecture as a leading profession in shaping a better future for Australia. Events for the 2017 Festival will be wide ranging and include the National Landscape Architecture Conference, National Landscape Architecture Awards, a student program, parties, talks, tours, exhibitions, installations and city activations. is designed to position landscape architecture as a leading profession in shaping a better future for Australia. Events for the 2017 Festival will be wide ranging and include the National Landscape Architecture Conference, National Landscape Architecture Awards, a student program, parties, talks, tours, exhibitions, installations and city activations.
For more details please visit http://www.aila.org.au/thethirdcity

17 Dec 2016

2017 IFLA Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe Award: Call for Nominations

Purpose
The IFLA Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe Award is the highest honor that the International Federation of Landscape Architects can bestow upon a landscape architect. The Award recognises a living landscape architect whose achievements and contributions have had a unique and lasting impact on the welfare of society and the environment and on the promotion of the profession of landscape architecture. The award is bestowed annually on an individual whose work and achievements merit this recognition.
For more details click here http://iflaonline.org/award2017/
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17 Dec 2016

Contemporary Front yard

A pleasing front yard with a steel grey blue tiled walk way. Its contemporary and with the clean cut lines gives a very officious look. More suited for a person with a real professional outlook in life and with a corporate veneer. Definitely wont suit the more bohemian minded folks as a personality! This is one of my favourite ways of passing the time…. trying to actually be able to describe a person just by looking at the front yard or the landscaping in general. I have been amazed at some of my deductions! You try it too when you have time on your hands!

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14 Dec 2016

Fascinating outdoor ‘staircase’..

This fascinating outdoor staircase does more than transport visitors from one part of the landscape to the other; it also magically transforms the space into a wooded retreat. Large stone slabs carve the landscape like a visual of a mountain stream. Moss pokes out from the nooks between the rocks and the ferns add stunning colour to the scape. Japanese maple tree form a picturesque boulevard of the walkway.

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13 Dec 2016

Sun dappled back yard…

Inspiration for a sun dappled yard. Sometimes the brief is simple and to the point. And practical. Vegetables are the main focus here. Lots of sun and drip irrigation for a neatly laid out garden. The approach and the fencing also very staid and functional. All in all, a backyard put to work. Organic gardens…
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09 Dec 2016

“View in My Room” Houzz app…

“View in My Room” is a new tool in the Houzz app that gives you the power to experiment with home decor options by virtually placing products from the Houzz Shop in your home before you buy. The Houzz app, updated with View in My Room, is available to download on the Apple App Store℠ and Google Play™.

For more details… http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/61877912/list/inside-houzz-introducing-view-in-my-room

08 Dec 2016

A wood and rock patio…

A simple rock garden with a wooden patio give an elegant look to the back yard. Ideal for areas with less water and might i say it … less maintenance. Shades of a Japanese garden? Well the beauty lies in the yes of the beholder! If you cant get the red pebbles, gravel will do too. Lawn patches might even be a tempting idea instead of the large rocks….
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