A number of architecture and design magazines make their content accessible online only to subscribers, so the best way for a nonsubscriber to see this material is to visit a local library. Here’s what caught my eye during my latest library visit.
Landscape Architecture Magazine (Jan 2013 issue)
i-Tree article (p 22) – The city of Seattle is estimating the value of trees in controlling pollution and reducing energy use. The city “had help from a software suite made available by the U.S. Forest Service, called i-Tree. This technology. which is free and easy to download and use, can track the numbers and kinds of trees and estimate their value in a given area.“
Interview (p 36) with UC Berkeley student Alexander Dunkel on his research into using Flickr data to improve the landscape. If you know the most popular points from which people photograph landmarks (as mined from Flickr), you can avoid blocking those angles or improve access to them.
Sugar Beach in Toronto (p 62) – a popular urban beach with no water, just sand, beach chairs, and pink umbrellas.
Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park in Singapore (p 76) – (link is to a PDF posted on Harvard’s LOEBlog) the Kallang River, an important part of Singapore’s watershed, has been transformed from a concrete channel to a lush public park.