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Evaluating Urban Trail Needs

by Kelly Mathiesen, SWA Group

Each year, SWA Group awards the firm’s Patrick T. Curran Fellowship to employees who look to challenge thinking in the landscape architecture profession and provide tools and resources for the firm and industry. Landscape designer and 2021 Curran Fellow Kelly Mathiesen took a landscape performance approach, looking at which elements are important in creating successful urban trails for runners and cyclists and how the rise of these recreational communities will affect the future of trail design.

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Time and Landscape Performance

Have you ever visited a park or public space that you saw pictured in a glossy publication, just to discover that it didn’t quite live up to the photos? Simon Colwill at the Technical University of Berlin is working to increase the knowledge of the myriad factors that contribute to the aging, patination, and decay of built landscapes over time. Colwill’s work recognizes that while aging can create positive changes in a landscape, the machinations of time can also chip away at the effectiveness and usefulness of an otherwise well-designed landscape and be detrimental to its performance.

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Landscape Performance Special Journal Issue

A new special issue of the Chinese journal Landscape Architecture is devoted to landscape performance. The issue features research about the Landscape Performance Series and research gleaned from the process of producing Case Study Briefs for the series. It’s very exciting to see the concept landscape performance gaining traction internationally! Abstracts (in English and Chinese) are available in the online version. 4/6/15 UPDATE: We have obtained and posted digital copies of the full articles.

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