30 June 2008
Since they are spread aruond the city, logistics are an issue. Maybe you could bike around, stop at Figment and see the Talking Heads thing. What an art day that would be.
29 June 2008
27 June 2008
The Tuckerton Lighthouse
The Twin Lights of Navesink
Sandy Hook Lighthouse
Cape May Lighthouse
Maybe we should all celebrate the end of the week with a trip to the beach. Have a great weekend.
26 June 2008
Today is History Day.
Thomas Edison NPS Site
Cannonball House and Garden
Olmsted's Weequahaic Park
25 June 2008
The New Jersey Chapter of ASLA is proud to announce that Monday, June 23, 2008 was a red letter day for NJASLA, as the bill that will upgrade the “Title Act” (protecting only the use of the word Landscape Architect for state Certified Landscape Architects) to a “Practice Act” that defines an inclusionary scope of work and duties that a state licensed Landscape Architect may perform and submit to government agencies, including “overlapping” practices in common with other professionals in the land development field. The new Act provides for all actively certified landscape architects to be automatically elevated to practice license status.
Unfortunately some memorials take a sad moment or memory and make it sadder, when instead they should have helped create closure and even celebration. The rush to build has created some unfortunate memorials like this United Flight 93 Memorial. It is clearly intended to memorialize the tragic, yet heroic, efforts of the passengers on that flight. But the photo they selected shows a much earlier era United aircraft than the contemporary grey and blue ones they would have been using on 9/11/2001. It may seem picky, but a 1968 photo for a 2001 tragedy ends up looking lazy or sloppy.
There is some controversy today over how long it is taking to build the World Trade Center Memorial in New York. But one of the (many) reasons it is taking so long is that they are being very careful, very diligent, and very aware of the countless details. At such a high visibility memorial, any error or misstatement will result ni a media frenzy only compound the pain and loss.
Today we'll take a look at local 9-11 memorials.
Woodbridge 9-11 Memorial
Wyckoff 9-11 Memorial
Allendale 9-11 Memorial
Bayonne 9-11 Memorial
Colts Neck 9-11 Memorial
A 9-11 Memorial from Chatham
Another 9-11 Memorial from Chatham
24 June 2008
Today we'll look as a few sports and recreation landscapes.
Baltusrol, Ruining nice walks for more than a century
Galloping Hill Golf Course
Colonial Park's Putting Course
Tillman Ravine, a great place for a hike
A trail in Olmsted's Eagle Rock Reservation
Cliff Gennarelli Sports-plex
Roosevelt Park Sports Complex
Island Beach State Park
23 June 2008
Well Sweep Herb Farm
Ven der Goot Gardens at Colonial Park
Cora Hartshorn Arobretum
Cape May Plants Materials Center
The Wallbridge Rose Garden in Taylor Park
Avis Campbell Garden
Edwin Duff Garden
The Ronald Rogers Arboretum
Hunterdon County Arboretum
Tomorrow we'll get a little more active.
22 June 2008
In fact, the national coverage is so complete that the point data can be aggregated into large choropleth maps. Quickly people will realize that they may better off getting gas in Manhattan than along the Merritt Parkway. Or maybe those brisdge tolls are worth it to get the cheap NJ gas for your Hummer.
The creative customizations also include graphing of price changes. These may be very helpful in explaining to your kids why you have canceled the summer trip to the Ozarks and joined the local pool instead.
Of course, with such high gas prices, the cheapest way to get around is probably a Google Map driving simulator.
21 June 2008
19 June 2008
Sarah Blake McHam
This seminar will address the issues surrounding public monuments from the nineteenth century through the present day. It will focus on sculptures commissioned to commemorate major events in the United States, but will also consider some important European examples. Until the unveiling of Maya Lin’s Vietnam Veterans Memorial in the early 1980s, conventional wisdom held that the public monument was a dead form, killed by the lack of common cultural associations and bonds among the citizenry. That evaluation has radically changed. Through the discussion of weekly readings about a selected group of recent memorials, the seminar will investigate how and why this happened. Students will be expected to prepare presentations of the readings, and ultimately to select a specific monument that they can study in person and do research on through original sources and documents, for example, through the Smithsonian listing of American monuments and at the archives of local historical societies. They will then present their research to the class, and write it up as a term paper.
18 June 2008
Since the list has been developed, in part, by culling information from other sources, I haven't yet visited all of the sites myself. Here are a few that I am interested in visiting sometime soon:
more of Jenna's photos and improve the data representations (we hate the current Google Earth symbols as much as you do). But to really make it work, we could really use your help. Please use the comment section below as a way to add to our to do list. What surprised you? What are the glaring omissions? What form of data do you still want?
Park Naturalist/Nature Center Director
The Mercer County Park Commission is seeking a motivated and experienced individual with a strong background and knowledge in Natural Sciences, Forestry, Conservation and Educational Program Development for the full-time position of Park Naturalist/Nature Center Director. Potential candidates must possess the ability to plan and develop educational programs; have strong organizational and communication skills and management ability. A Bachelor’s Degree in Natural Science, Forestry, Conservation, Natural Resources Management or Agriculture and 5-8 years experience are required, to obtain a detailed job description visit www.mercercounty.org. Salary Range: $49,069-$77,348. Please submit resume and references to the Mercer County Park Commission,
17 June 2008
16 June 2008
Recent Development in Applied Geostatistics:
Going Beyond the Generation of Pretty Color Maps
Since its early development for the assessment of mineral deposits, geostatistics has been used in a growing number of disciplines dealing with the analysis of data distributed in space and/or time. Nowadays, geostatistical techniques are routinely used for spatial interpolation of point measurements in diverse fields ranging from earth and atmospheric sciences, to agriculture, soil science, environmental and health studies. The end-product of most geostatistical studies is thus a pretty colour map that displays smooth changes in kriging estimates. This seminar aims to demonstrate that geostatistics is not confined to kriging but offers a vast array of applications that keeps expanding with recent methodological and computational developments. The first part will present an overview of geostatistical tools available for processing space-time data and their application to three environmental data sets: soil dioxin around an incinerator, arsenic in groundwater across
Dr. Goovaerts will present a workshop for a limited number of people on June 24th. If you are interested in attending please register with Peter Oudemans at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also find out more about the software Dr. Goovaerts has developed and will be discussing at http://www.terraseer.com/products_stis.php.
Room 223 Environmental
The combined factors could really change local economies as people suddenly discover new ways to enjoy their own places. It could also change perspectives. Has the high level of mobility undermined the commitment of property owners to actively participate in improving the quality of their own communities? Could this change?
Iowa City is a lovely old city built along a river, and older buildings in the floodplains are simply part of the deal. Balancing historic preservation with environmental preparedness often means finding ways to perpetuate a campus like the University of Iowa's, knowing full well that its entire core is in the 100 year floodplain. Again, that's part of the deal. But new buildings in these areas are a baffling problem that are both costly and sometimes dangerous. Just take a look at this picture of the new Art Building at Iowa. When Des Moines built its baseball stadium in the confluence of two rivers, did they not know that it was a risky idea?
While some of this is simply natural - rivers flood, that's what they do - our land use patterns have exacerbated the problems in multiple ways. We've destroyed the natural wetlands upstream that could have absorbed more of this water. We've created more impervious surface, causing flashier flooding downstream. And, most unforgivably, we've built new expensive buildings in places where they are predictably at risk. To be clear, these are complex events with all sorts of contributing factors and problems, and flooding will always happen and will often come with some associated cost. But some of the problems are inexcusable and should have been avoided.
Lives are being shattered if not lost, and some degree of blame falls squarely on planners and designers that have encouraged this pattern of development. Perhaps the most upsetting part is that (like New Orleans) some of the students, homeowners, and other residents placed their trust in the agencies that allowed these patterns to unfold. Planners and designers keep letting the public down in ways that undermine the public trust. Even worse, the notion that these groups are watching out for the landscape itself is not in any way supported by these outcomes.
Here in the New Brunswick area we saw the "unpredictable" storm event of Hurricane Floyd in 1999 which created historic flooding. What could we do? It was unprecedented. Surely it would be another 100 or 500 years before we saw that again. Then, a few years later we had a nasty Nor'easter which matched or surpassed the historic flood levels. Maybe we should all learn to study odds a little better.