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How Urban Parks (Campuses) Enhance Your Brain: Importance of Open Space

How Urban Parks (Campuses) Enhance Your Brain: Importance of Open Space | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
A break from the bustle of the city can do your mind good, recent research shows.


Interesting research at the University of Michigan demonstrates better memory retention from talking a walk to clear one's head; and much better retention from talking a walk in a park.

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2012 #SCUP Excellence in Landscape Architecture Honor Award to The University of British Columbia for Buchanan Courtyards

2012 #SCUP Excellence in Landscape Architecture Honor Award to The University of British Columbia for Buchanan Courtyards; also Phillips Farevaag Smallenberg; Public Architecture; Fast + Epp; Vincent Helton & Associates; 3D Services; Stantec; Acumen; EOS Lightmedia.


Congratulations to all!

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Wendell Berry delivers the annual Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities | Inside Higher Ed

Wendell Berry delivers the annual Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities | Inside Higher Ed | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"In his talk, Berry – in keeping with the themes of his oeuvre and the causes of his personal activism – argued that “there is in fact no distinction between the fate of the land and the fate of the people,” and that the 'pillage and indifference' that characterize America's treatment of its natural resources have caused incalculable, perhaps irreparable damage not only to our land, water, and air, but also to 'the health and stability of human society.'


The vehemence and emotion of Berry's argument were particularly striking in comparison with the speeches given by previous Jefferson lecturers."

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When a Parking Lot Is So Much More | 'Campus Edge,' Anyone?

When a Parking Lot Is So Much More | 'Campus Edge,' Anyone? | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

We need to redefine “parking lot” to include something that offers a variety of public uses, mitigates its impact on the environment and looks good, too.

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'I Hate the Blue Line' and Other Things Transit Systems Can Learn From Twitter

'I Hate the Blue Line' and Other Things Transit Systems Can Learn From Twitter | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Purdue University researchers are experimenting in Chicago, site of SCUP–47, July 7–11. What can they learn from intercepting tweets from subway riders?


"'The most interesting thing we found is that transit riders do not give any positive sentiment at a particular time. They only give negative sentiment,'he said. Now, this may seem depressing if you work for one of these agencies. 'But that’s not very disappointing,' Hasan said, 'because we found that the lack of negative sentiment is basically what transit authorities should look for. If there’s no negative sentiment at any given time, that means that things are running smoothly.'"

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2011's 10 Notable Developments in Landscape Architecture | The Cultural Landscape Foundation

2011's 10 Notable Developments in Landscape Architecture | The Cultural Landscape Foundation | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"The architecture community's seemingly endless thematic round ups include buildings that are green, nature-inspired and spooky, along with free-range, macrobiotic and gluten-free.


OK, I made up those last three.


What about landscape architecture? Any year-end lists of gardens, parks, plazas and land reclamation projects? That would be a no (and if I'm wrong, please let me know).


So, I submit this list of ten notable developments in the world of landscape architecture to reflect on including new designs, significant transformations, and influential publications (because if we do not write about landscape, it will not endure - publish or perish):"

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December 2011 E-Newsletter : The Cultural Landscape Foundation

December 2011 E-Newsletter : The Cultural Landscape Foundation | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

In its own words:


"What a Year!


TCLF achieved major milestones with significant audience growth and valuable media coverage for landscape practitioners and their landscapes."

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2011 College Construction Report | College Planning & Management

This report is the most comprehensive of its sort in higher education. 


"The news is not all bad as college construction exceeds projections in a recovering economy. Learn about this and more in College Planning & Management’s annual report on what facilities are being built or renovated on campuses across the country."

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Amazon.com: University Planning and Architecture: The Search for Perfection eBook: Paul Roberts, Jonathan Coulson, Isabelle Taylor: Kindle Store

Amazon.com: University Planning and Architecture: The Search for Perfection eBook: Paul Roberts, Jonathan Coulson, Isabelle Taylor: Kindle Store...

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Shop Talk: Friday, November 11 - Buildings & Grounds - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Shop Talk: Friday, November 11 - Buildings & Grounds - The Chronicle of Higher Education | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Dartmouth College has dedicated a 174,500-square-foot life-sciences building that houses six teaching laboratories, a 200-seat auditorium, classrooms, and more. The $92-million building, designed by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, was paid for in part by $40-million contributed by the members of the Class of 1978, for whom the building is named. (Dartmouth College photo)


Also: 

• U. of California at Davis Wraps Performing-Arts Center in Plastic as Contractors Work to Stop Leaks

• $171-Million Dorm Renovation Continues at Ohio State U.

• Indiana U. at Bloomington Seeks to Replace 300 Trees Lost to Storm

• Regional Rail Trail, Once a Canal, Cuts Through Yale U. Campus

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2012 #SCUP Excellence in Landscape Architecture – General Design, Honor Award goes to the University of Chicago for Midway Crossings

2012 #SCUP Excellence in Landscape Architecture – General Design, Honor Award goes to the University of Chicago for Midway Crossings with BauerLatoza Studio; also James Carpenter Design Associates; Schuler Shook; Matrix Engineering Corporation


Midway Crossings would make a nice, informal inside-Chicago trip at SCUP–47, July 7–11.

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How to Make Transit (and Biking and Walking) Sexy

How to Make Transit (and Biking and Walking) Sexy | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Urban designer and writer Darrin Nordahl thinks it's time for advocates of alternative transportation to stop trying to appeal to reason and go for the gut instead.
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Help Wanted: University Partnerships to Expand What’s Out There | The Cultural Landscape Foundation

Help Wanted: University Partnerships to Expand What’s Out There | The Cultural Landscape Foundation | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

TCLF seeks partners--professors and students of planning, architecture, and landscape architecture:


"What these university partnerships achieve, which is difficult otherwise, is a density of content in a particular city, region, or state. For example, Douglas’s Research Methods class generated almost fifty new landscape entries, all within 150 miles of Baton Rouge. Sites range from the iconic Oak Alley Plantation outside of New Orleans to lesser known gems like Windrush Gardens, the former garden estate designed by Steel Burden and now owned by LSU. And similarly for Way’s UW students, What’s Out There will grow to include more than 30 new entries, from Richard Haag’s Gasworks Park to several parks identified in the Olmsted Brothers’ plan for Portland, Oregon. In the coming months, each of these new entries will be posted with photographs and text created by the students and vetted in-house at TCLF.


We want to know What’s Out There! If you would like more information on how to participate, whether as a professor or a student, please contact Courtney Spearman at courtney@tclf.org."

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UCLA's plan to sell Japanese garden draws criticism

UCLA's plan to sell Japanese garden draws criticism | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
For nearly half a century, the UCLA Hannah Carter Japanese Garden in Bel-Air has served as a serene stopover for visitors from locations as varied as Newhall, Nashville and the Netherlands.


"The university says it needs money for endowments and professorships, but gardening groups oppose sale of the Bel-Air property."

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A Scientist Pushes Urban Planners to Put People First - Research - The Chronicle of Higher Education

A Scientist Pushes Urban Planners to Put People First - Research - The Chronicle of Higher Education | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Scott Carlson, writing in The Chronicle, about Richard Jackson of UCLA:


"[M]any studies have come out linking urban design to health, confirming some of the early assertions of Dr. Jackson and other researchers.


In recent months, Dr. Jackson has released another scholarly book, an edited collection on the topic, called Making Healthy Places: Designing and Building for Wealth, Well-Being, and Sustainability (Island Press), and he is also the host of a four-part miniseries called Designing Healthy Communities, which will air on public television starting this week. The series, which features a companion book, is clearly meant to sway public opinion."

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2011's 10 Notable Developments in Landscape Architecture | The Cultural Landscape Foundation

2011's 10 Notable Developments in Landscape Architecture | The Cultural Landscape Foundation | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"The architecture community's seemingly endless thematic round ups include buildings that are green, nature-inspired and spooky, along with free-range, macrobiotic and gluten-free.


OK, I made up those last three.


What about landscape architecture? Any year-end lists of gardens, parks, plazas and land reclamation projects? That would be a no (and if I'm wrong, please let me know).

So, I submit this list of ten notable developments in the world of landscape architecture to reflect on including new designs, significant transformations, and influential publications (because if we do not write about landscape, it will not endure - publish or perish):"

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What a Year! | The Cultural Landscape Foundation

What a Year! | The Cultural Landscape Foundation | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

The work of the Cultural Landscape Foundation is important. You should check out its What's Out There parks, gardens, and landscape database. The title link is to its self-reporting on 2011 accomplishments.


"In 2011, The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF), with tremendous support from our Season of Events Sponsors The Davey Tree Expert Company and Charles Luck Stone Center, achieved several major milestones resulting in significant audience growth, valuable media coverage and attention for landscapes, landscape architecture and practitioners."

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Amazon.com: Mission and Place: Strengthening Learning and Community through Campus Design (American Council on Education/Praeger Series on Higher Education.) (9780275981235): Daniel R. Kenney, Rica...

Amazon.com: Mission and Place: Strengthening Learning and Community through Campus Design (American Council on Education/Praeger Series on Higher Education.) (9780275981235): Daniel R. Kenney, Rica... | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Amazon.com: Mission and Place: Strengthening Learning and Community through Campus Design (American Council on Education/Praeger Series on Higher Education.) (9780275981235): Daniel R.
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Amazon.com: Robert A. M. Stern: On Campus (9781580932837): Robert A.M. Stern: Books

Amazon.com: Robert A. M.Stern: On Campus (9781580932837): Robert A.M.

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Cofco Agricultural Eco-valley

Cofco Agricultural Eco-valley | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
This project is entered into the People's Choice 2011 - VOTE NOW The Master Plan for the Agricultural Eco-Valley creates a world-class demonstration project of technology, sustainability, and high-value products by making the best use ...


This massive, integrated and sustainable development project is about 30 miles from Beijing. 


"The project is envisioned to set a precedent for future sustainable agricultural production and research centers around the world. The program includes land and buildings for agricultural processing, planting exhibition, convention, and research, offices, residential, educational and infrastructure elements. This state-of-the-art sustainable project is planned to be the first net zero-carbon project. The Eco Valley is located approximately 30 miles southwest from the center of Beijing. The site includes existing villages that will be redeveloped and incorporated into the master plan. Multi-modal loop: the ring of discovery: The master plan is based on a concept of agricultural research and development and organized around a multi-modal transport loop called the Ring of Discovery. This Ring, which accommodates pedestrian, bicycle, and bio-fuel-powered buses, will also connect with a smaller loop for customized, programmable Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) vehicles to move around the main commercial and tourist hub to the Eco Valley. The Ring of Discovery connects all zones of the development and links a series of Discovery Pavilions that will display educational materials and programming related to developing technologies for agricultural, farming, and residential elements. The Master Plan demonstrate a closed-loop approach toward the key resources of energy, water, and waste on a single site, emphasizing the scarce resource of food and its production at the core of the master plan."

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