Landscape Architecture in the news

Let’s be honest, not all news is good news. Hell, most news is depressing news. It can be somewhat difficult to see past the scope of what’s “bad”, to see what’s actually really, really “good”.

Landscape architecture has a funny way of being represented in the media. More often, articles pertaining to the field of landscape architecture are exclusive to those in the profession or in fields related. However, landscape architecture has found its way into mainstream media, just not in the most obvious way.

I wanted to bring attention to “news” about landscape architecture that you should know about, and like me- perhaps get excited about, too.

We’ll start large scale, and move our way into a more local scale.

  1. CityLab
  • CityLab is a resource I often look to for news related to landscape architecture, urban planning, and architecture on a global scale. If you’re looking for specific target articles, look no further than the CityFixer
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Credit (CityLab)
  • One article specifically I want to pull your attention to is the article about cleaning the Seine in Paris to be swimmable by 2024 . You read that right, Paris, France has the same problems that Toledo, Columbus, and Cleveland have when it comes to cleaning up the bodies of water that are integral identities to these cities. What is the proposed solution to cleaning the Seine up? Aquatic plant beds to filter the water.

2. Next City

  • Next City is similar to CityLab, but organizes it’s information in more general subjects. The article about the Chicago River Planning Process talks about the state of Chicago’s River in the past, the present, and now the future.
    • “A lot of folks recognize that the rivers are attractive, yes, and that a lot of what we currently think of as industry — breweries, digital manufacturing, 3D printing — is industry that’s wholly compatible with a riverfront habitat.”
The Chicago River (Credit: Metropolitan Planning Council)

3. Reeling it back into Toledo, Ohio. Toledo has been a city whose received plenty of flak for decades. The city and the resilience in those who live in this community are building on the city’s current assets – The Toledo Mud Hens (Triple A affiliate for the Detroit Tigers), The Toledo Museum of Art, and The Toledo Zoo (Rated #1 in the country)- to strengthen the city’s economy.

  • Downtown Toledo Master Plan has its very own website that will be sharing updates on the progress of the plan for the city. Times are changing for Toledo!
Credit: Downtown Toledo Master Plan