29 September 2010

Live Blog: Gale Fulton, Univ. of Illinois

Towards Landscape Intelligence
Gale Fulton, University of Illinois

Opening strong with a Pierre BĂ©langer quote
Counterpointed with a Homer Simpson quote
Something for everyone

The rapid progression of references begins:
Civitas project in San Diego

Mark Taylor's Crisis on Campus

So is everyone changing their curriculum? It sure seems like a change

The Perpetual Post-normal - things like dealing with uncertainty and adaptive management approaches

Shrinking Cities - Philadelphia - Urban voids
25000 vacant homes
What are good strategies

The rise of asymetrical threats
...An array of changing human conditions that might be reaching a tipping point
What would be landscape strategies that address these conditions?

Parsons MFA in Transdisciplinary Design - what are they seeing?  What are they reacting to?

Expansive disintegration - Retooling by Rosalind Williams

Which brings us to Landscape Urbanism -
Corner, The Agency of Mapping - "the difficulty today is less a crisis of what to do than of how to do anything at all"

Michael Speaks has written about Design Intelligence in ways that inform and help us think through new ways to approach landscape

Change by Design - Tim Brown

A dense forest of references so far, but now we turn the corner into a field of ideas.   This transforms the critique into a more prescriptive diagnosis.

1 Design and Design Thinking First, Profession Second
2 From Objects and Sites to Services and Systems
Move towards infrastructure - manufacture urgency and "shape the path"
3 Political practices: From the Projective (poli-fi) to the Pragmatic (poli-ni)
 ...R. E. Somol
4 Cultivate the Synthetic Mind
see: Howard Gardner
Synthese and Integration at out Doorstep
5 Engage the Contingencies of Real Design...
6 Know when to let go - Extinction timeline

DT:   How is the critique different than Heidi Hohmann and Joern Langhorst's Apocalyptic Manifesto?  Or KERB 17: Is Landscape Architecture Dead?

Summer Study Abroad in Munich 2011

Dr. Hoefer is hosting an organizational meeting for students interested in a Summer class in Munich tomorrow (Thursday) at 12:30 in Blake Hall Room 152. Attendance does not mean you are committed to attending, but a chance to learn more about what is going and what you can see there.

Check out the photos from one of our earlier class.

28 September 2010

Common Lecture: Gale Fulton

This Upcoming Wednesday, 9/29 at 4:00 pm, Gale Fulton will speak about Landscape Intelligence.

This lecture explores the idea of landscape intelligence and what such a concept might imply for the future of landscape architectural education and practice. Unlike landscape urbanism, which was formulated as a replacement to the traditions of landscape architecture, architecture, and urban design – at least in their relationship to urbanism - landscape intelligence is offered as a way to renovate and contemporize traditional landscape architectural thinking in order to more fully engage the plasticity of the landscape medium for its cultural and ecological potentials.

Gale is Assistant Professor at the Landscape Architecture Department, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research is focused on three primary areas which include 'graphic' form in suburban residential landscapes; re-programming the American small park; and entrepreneurial opportunities and techniques in contemporary landscape design practice.

For more information about the speaker see: http://www.landarch.uiuc.edu/people/faculty/fulton/fulton.aspx

Place-based Policy Quote of the Day

"It is important to note the urgency of this effort. The prosperity, equity, sustainability, and livability of neighborhoods, cities and towns, and larger regions depend on the ability of the Federal government to enable locally-driven, integrated, and place-conscious solutions guided by meaningful measures, not disparate or redundant programs which neglect their impact on regional development."

27 September 2010

NJASLA 2011 Awards

 NJASLA 2011 Professional Awards Program
Entry Deadline: November 1, 2010
The New Jersey Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects
 2011 Professional Awards Program: Call for Entries
The New Jersey Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects is pleased to issue a call for entries for the 2011 New Jersey ASLA Awards Program.

Participation in the awards program will help broaden professional boundaries, increase public awareness of the role of landscape architects, raise the standards of the discipline, and bring recognition to organizations and individuals who demonstrate superior skill in the practice and/or study of landscape architecture.

A jury of qualified professionals will review each submittal and determine winners in each award category.  Award-winning projects will be featured in upcoming NJ ASLA chapter newsletters and displays promoting the profession within the State of New Jersey.

Deadline for entries is Monday, November 1, 2010. 

Fall Field Trip Revisited

The 2009 Fall Field Trip to Boston was complicated by the filming of a movie at our motel. On the lighter side, we got to see Ben Affleck and Jon Hamm.

For a few hours an entire city block is transformed; it is a radical urban change.  Overnight the hotel gets a new sign and the abandoned fast food place gets repainted. When we work on places like this, it takes months to get a light standards changed and new sidewalks.

24 September 2010

Pioneers biography of Doc Reich

We had posted a brief note previously about the passing of Doc Reich.  The Cultural Landscape Foundation has a more complete biography with photos of a few select projects.

22 September 2010

Another interesting competition

A National Ideas Competition for the Washington Monument Grounds is being run to generate ideas for making the grounds more inviting to visitors.  Does that mean that the recent design of the grounds isn't inviting?  Our guided tour of the grounds seems to suggest otherwise.

20 September 2010

Crossing over

As much as its residents like to act a world apart, New York City is inescapably connected to New Jersey.  But that connection isn't easy for pedestrians or cyclists.  Jersey City's bike enthusiasts, Bike JC, have created a competition for bridge proposals that help make this idea seem a little more tangible.  Since it encourages fanciful ideas more than buildable bridges, our students might not find the November deadline so hard to meet.  Details are online at: http://hudsonriverbridge.com/

16 September 2010

New University Rankings out

Rutgers is ranked 105th in the World by the Times Higher Education in London. Internationally that places us ahead of Lancaster, Barcelona and Utrecht. In the US it puts us ahead of Georgetown, Drexel, Penn State and the completely unranked University of Texas.

The Wall Street Journal ranks Rutgers in the Top 25 for corporate recruiting.

A win over North Carolina next weekend could jump us up pretty high in the Sagarin rankings too.

Lecture: Migration and Citizenship in the Global Age


Migration and Citizenship in the Global Age

Aneesh Aneesh, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Global Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Wednesday, Sept. 22nd, 8PM
Rutgers Student Center Multipurpose Room
College Avenue Campus

Dr. Aneesh is the author of Virtual Migration based on research on Indian migrants in New Jersey. He is also a Rutgers University alumnus.

14 September 2010

The Fountainhead reviewed

TV Worth Watching just published a review of the movie adaptation of Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead. It presents it in a fairly standard review of its watchability to a non-design audience: "It's all here: unapologetic personal gain, artistic passion, romance and selfless sacrifice... hot off the drawing board in the drafting room."

And there are plenty of political and philosophical reviews online about this as a metaphor for life.  But what I couldn't find easily is a designer's critique of how this ego-driven approach doesn't work today, especially in collaborative and participatory settings.  There must be plenty, but where?  I trust my readers will let me know.

13 September 2010

12 September 2010

ASLA makeup: Richard Jackson

If you missed ASLA this year, you can still see a few of the speakers. One of the keynotes was public health expert Richard Jackson who talked about the connection between the way our communities are designed and the health of our next generation.  While this isn't the same speech, it includes similar material.

09 September 2010

Not so private

Can your cell phone provide give your location history to the authorities without a warrant?  Maybe.

10 Towns; Morris Township

Morris Township is the doughnut to Morristown's doughnut hole. It includes Convent Station, but it probably also includes some things that many people thought were part of Morristown. In contrast with the urban core of Morristown, this appears to be a fairly sprawling residential town.

The blog will now return to its regular lack of schedule.

08 September 2010

Making old things new again

The Bergen Record has a opinion piece on efforts to turn old industrial properties into new parks.  It focuses on the continuing efforts by Bergen County to convert the Bergen Waterworks into something that the community can use,  While it is good to see this sort of work getting such high-profile attention in the paper, it is especially gratifying to see them giving this attention to our colleague, Wolfram Hoefer, and Beth Ravit from Environmental Science.  You can learn more at this page from their Center for Urban Environmental Sustainability.

10 Towns: Morristown Town

It really is named Town of Morristown even if you only call it Morristown.  With its historic Green, old churches and much of Fort Nonsense.  It is also home to a growing Hispanic population

Tomorrow: Morris Township

07 September 2010

10 Towns: Mendham Township

Mendham Township wraps itself around Mendham Borough, protecting it from the rest of the Borough.  Governor Chris Christie calls it home. It has lots of pieces of open space woven between a fair number of developed areas.
Tomorrow: Town of Morristown

Better City, Better Life.

That's the basic idea of many urban designers, a better city would lead to better lives for the residents. It is also the theme of Shanghai Expo 2010, which implies to some degree that they agree with the premise and implies that Shanghai is a better city. Anyway, it looks like they'll get their 50 millionth visitor this week despite the Kazakhstan pavillion

06 September 2010

FDR Four Freedoms Park

The FDR Four Freedoms Park is under construction.  Unfortunately, the park's location on Roosevelt Island isn't likely to make the Manhattan hike anytime soon.

10 Towns: Borough of Mendham

The Borough of Mendham is cut right out of Mendham Township. Visually their maps look like a classic argument for consolidation, but I trust that they are more important criteria for altering the municipal landscape than simpler mapping.  The environmental commission has proposed a Loop Trail as part of their Open Space Plan.

Tomorrow: Mendham Township

05 September 2010

10 Towns: Madison

Look at that map.  How is this the same small watershed as the previous towns?  Madison is known for its walkable downtown and good restaurants.  But it also made news for a few minutes when it became a 3D pioneer.

Tomorrow:  Mendham Borough

04 September 2010

10 Towns: Long Hill Township

Long Hill Township runs an urban corridor along a ridgetop that drops down to the North into the Great Swamp and in the South to the Passaic River.

We are half way done with the 10 Towns now, are we down to just 17 readers yet?

Tomorrow: Madison

03 September 2010

02 September 2010

10 Towns: Chatham Township

I think that Chatham Township has more land in the Great Swamp Watershed than any other town with the notable exception of Harding.  It describes itself as "a quiet, carefully developed, residential community."

Tomorrow: Harding Township

01 September 2010

10 Towns: Bernardsville

Today's Great Swamp Watershed town is Bernardsville Township.  I think this is where General Charles Lee was captured during our War for Independence.  Did Jackie O really live here?
Tomorrow: Chatham