World Landscape Architecture Month kicks off next week
“April is World Landscape Architecture Month (WLAM), an international celebration of landscape architecture. WLAM introduces the profession to the public by highlighting landscape architect-designed spaces around the world.”

In Defense of Renders and Trees On Top of Skyscrapers
Where do you stand in the great render debate? “This criticism – of renders in general and MVRDV‘s renders specifically – is a returning point of critique: on ArchDaily in 2013, Tim De Chant begged in an opinion piece “Can We Please Stop Drawing Trees on Top of Skyscrapers?” Though that article did not mention MVRDV in the text, our Peruri88 project in Jakarta was given the dubious distinction of being the article’s most prominent image.”

This low-tech gravity-fed watering system is based on an ancient irrigation technique
“The Clayola self-watering system, which comes in a set of 6 clay pots that are unglazed on the bottom to let water seep through, yet have a glazed top to minimize evaporation, is designed to be connected to a water reservoir in series, which then keeps the pots full of water for up to a month at a time. This makes the Clayola system a great option for a hands-off house and garden plant irrigation setup that could help make weekend trips or vacation time a bit easier, as it can keep plants watered automatically, with no expensive sensors or hardware required.”

An ‘Indoor Park’ to Battle Stockholm’s Brutal Winters
“In Stockholm’s long, sometimes brutal winters, greenery, daylight, and outdoor time are hard to come by. This “indoor park,” thought up by Utopia Architects, would bring all of that to a busy intersection just north of the city center, enticing locals out of their homes to socialize during the cold months.”

Six Freeway Removals That Changed Their Cities Forever
“It turns out that when you take out a high-occupancy freeway it doesn’t turn the surface streets into the equivalent of the Autobahn. A theory called “induced demand” proves that if you make streets bigger, more people will use them. When you make them smaller, drivers discover and use other routes, and traffic turns out to be about the same. Don’t believe it? Check out these freeway removals in cities all over the world and see for yourself.”

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