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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lighting and public art that visually brands and strengthens the identity of downtown and its districts. Higher density (mid-rise residential and vertical mixed-use) development around transit hubs is designed to increase housing stock. The transportation system plans to be high capacity and have higher efficiency at a lower economic and environmental cost; enhancing pedestrian linkages, promoting car share and bike share, and increasing the bike network by 685% and urban trails by 300%. A proposed green network of parks, plazas and tree-lined streets will create multi-functional spaces for social interaction, and increase park area by 200% and the tree canopy by 1600%. The plan also calls for innovative centers of employment, commerce and education, urban infill development and historic preservation. To be fair, the land planning process, which ultimately determines the shape of the communities that we call home, does have its detractors. WikiHouse Foundation's Parvin, says, "When it comes to the issue of housing and development, (hating the process) may be the only thing that everyone does agree on." But with the dedication of industry specialists equipped with innovative tools and an ever- expanding trove of data, the end results can positively reflect the values and aspirations of the community. Above: Autonomous vehicles promise to be an important element to consider in future development plans. Currently, Singapore's Smart Urban Mobility project incorporates them along with collected data and artificial intelligence to improve the area's public transit system and reduce the number of cars on the road. Right: Developing smarter cities includes the use of data- collecting sensors. To help streamline garbage collection, sensors on trash bins can send an alert when the bin is full, optimizing the number of trips a garbage truck makes. PHOTO: VICTOR STANLEY 58 Landscape Architect and Specifier News

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