Nov

07

Landscape Democracy

Landscape democracy is an emergent aspect of our profession which bridges landscape architecture and human rights. This opens a forum for essential discussion, from the ramifications of the European Landscape Convention to the contestation of public spaces in rapidly urbanizing areas. In the context of the Cultivating the City: Infrastructures of abundance in urban Brazil, […]

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Sep

29

Cultivating the City Lecture at Cornell University and Amherst College

I will be presenting my current research-in-progress into connected urban foodscapes based on indigenous species in Brazil twice in October in the United States: Cornell University Department of Landscape Architecture Kennedy Hall Room 461 Friday October 11th, Noon. and Amherst College Architectural Studies Program Wednesday October 16th, 4:30 pm Pruyne Auditorium in Fayerweather Hall. The […]

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May

20

www.groundcondition.tumblr.com

Cultivating the City. During the months of March and April I was in Brazil for intensive site visits in the state of Rio Grande do Sul for my landscape archtiecture thesis work Cultivating the City. I was based in the rural sociology department of URFGS – that is where the most relevant research is happening […]

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May

20

Travel grant awarded from Amsterdam Academy of Architecture

The Amsterdam Academy of Architecture awards grants or ‘Internationaliseringfonds’ for projects that build relationships internationally. Jacques has received this grant for organizing a study exchange with the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul in Porto Alegre, Brazil.

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Nov

07

New York 2100 AD: Saved by the Bay

Brooklyn, August 10th, 2100: a summer story “Do you remember the summer of 2075, when the hurricanes hit? Do you remember how it was before the water got so high?” I asked my friend. We were sitting together on the stoop of our Brooklyn brownstone, it was a sweltering day, 105° F. “I remember how […]

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Sep

06

LANDSCAPE FOR HUMANITY

www.landscapeforhumanity.wordpress.com Landscape architecture’s operating field stretches from the micro to macro, from garden to region, and touches all that emanates from the ground. This includes city infrastructure such as parks, plazas, and greenways, but ultimately landscape is about the quality of our soil, our water, and our air. Aren’t these things that concern all cities, […]

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May

02

WILDPOINTS: urban biodiversity network

TEAM: Jacques Abelman, Celine Baumann (celinebaumann.tumblr.com), YukaYoshida STATUS: design research competition The Wildpoints strategy creates a new form of urban green by actively seeking out new places for nature to colonize the city. The biodiversity network of found and new Wildpoints allows insects, birds, and small animal species to establish themselves in micro-habitats across the […]

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Nov

17

new directions

I am on a quest for new directions for landscape architecture. As we witness rapid changes in the physical, economic, and professional environments, what exactly can landscape architecture hope to achieve in the future? Budgets for public projects are dwindling, not to mention budgets for cultural projects, and the national frameworks for environmental projects are […]

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Dec

15

beating blue heart

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Nov

22

Ecologically Emergent Leisure Landscapes

  One of the remarkable characteristics of The Netherlands, especially from the foreigner’s point of view, is the amount of carefully protected open green space surrounding densely populated urban centers. The Dutch are extremely keen on verdant fields with placidly grazing cows and sheep always being within a bike ride away from the city, and […]

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