Landscape Architect & Specifier News

JAN 2019

LASN is a photographically oriented, professional journal featuring topics of concern and state-of-the-art projects designed or influenced by registered Landscape Architects.

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For instance, Moscow has an intelligent transport system that controls over 3,700 road detectors, 2,000 video cameras and 6,000 traffic lights to help keep travel flowing smoothly on its roads. People in London can compare transportation options by time and price thanks to sensors and apps, which are also proving very valuable to the worldwide expansion of bike sharing – helping people locate and unlock them and pay for time used. Besides being specified in the plans, technology continues to play a bigger role in the actual land planning function. "We now find ourselves in the early stages of a digital industrial revolution," Alastair Parvin, a strategic designer and the co-founder of WikiHouse Foundation remarks. "The way we plan and regulate our built environment will be reinvented in the next two decades." According to him, increased digitization could allow citizens to participate more directly in decision-making, and will bring more data into the planning process so decisions can be made " on the basis of their evidenced likely impact on the world, rather than in isolation based on hunch or short-term political guesswork." Case Study: Downtown Las Vegas Dubbed VisionLV, the city is developing a community-based renovation for its downtown area with a planning horizon of 2035. Central to the effort is creating "unique and identifiable districts." The master plan, which is still a work in progress, incorporates a multi-modal transportation system that applies smart mobility technology; a "layered street network" where various streets are designated to have an emphasis on one travel mode: be it auto, transit, bicycle or pedestrian; net-zero energy usage; linear green infrastructure; a wayfinding system with signage, Above: A new master plan for downtown Las Vegas includes establishing a definitive downtown boundary; adding 4,000 to 5,000 housing units; a downtown circulator or light rail system; development of districts dedicated to technology and entrepreneurial endeavors; and a boosting of the medical and arts districts. CLV DTMP CONCEPTUAL ILLUSTRATIVE PLAN BY CALLISON RTKL Left: In Idaho Falls, Idaho, the Snake River Landing was designed by Land Expressions as a mixed-use community between the Snake River and Interstate 15. The master-planned development called for a series of streams and ponds over a mile of terrain. Its 450 acres of land eventually included 60 acres of green space to its 275 acres allocated for residential, retail, commercial and office use. January 2019 57

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