Design by Ma Yansong, MAD Architects; Image courtesy of Lucas Museum of Narrative Art. 

Lucas Museum of Narrative Art Breaks Ground in Los Angeles
“The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art broke ground yesterday in South Los Angeles’ Exposition Park. Designed by MAD Architects’ founder Ma Yansong, the $1-billion, 300,000-square-foot museum will house George Lucas’s extensive collection of art and transform existing parking lots on the site into 11 acres of new green space…”

Who owns water? The US landowners putting barbed wire across rivers
“Prohibiting access from the public is privatizing what has been historically ours, and the way this happened is chilling,” says Robert Levin, New Mexico director of the American Canoe Association. “The process was hasty and moved through more quickly than it should have been. From a recreation standpoint on this, you start to worry about an erosion of inclusion.”

Why does Australian landscape architecture have a gender problem?
“Evidence points to significant pay disparities between women and men in landscape architecture. To better understand the issue, the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects is launching a new gender equity study in collaboration with Parlour and Monash University’s XYX Lab.”

Herbal high: the best landscape architecture across the world
“From verdant visions to paved paradises, Wallpaper*’s round up of garden design and landscape architecture will give you a herbal high. Visit these grass-filled zen courtyards and bucolic botanical gardens for ideas from green-fingered designers and architects across the globe – make sure you’re in landscape mode.”

$1.6M grant may turn sediment into port city pay dirt
In ports throughout the Great Lakes, landscape architects, scientists and engineers may soon spin muddy sediment into environmental gold. “Our project tries to build on recent work called ‘beneficial use’ of dredged material. It positions sediment and dredged material not as a waste product that must be disposed of as cheaply as possible, but instead as a resource, a building block for the community and ecology.”

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