2020 End-of-Year Roundup

ASLA 2020 Student Urban Design Honor Award. Adaptive Traditions of the Eastern Waterfront of Mumbai, India, Zixin (Sing) Chen, Student ASLA, University of Toronto, John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design. / image: Zixin (Sing) Chen

With the conclusion of this year of tumult now tantalizingly within reach, The Field is rounding up a few end-of-year, landscape architecture-centric recaps, in case you’ve already finished reading up on the Professional Practice Networks (PPNs)’ Year in Review. We hope you enjoy perusing them, and best wishes for a brighter and healthy new year!

The New York Times’ Year in Climate

The Times’ Climate Desk shares some of their best reporting from 2020, on wildfires in Australia, California, and beyond, this year’s relentless hurricane season, the inequality of climate change impacts, and more.

The Washington Post’s Top Climate Stories of 2020

Top stories cover how U.S. climate policy may change under President-elect Joe Biden, impacts of the coronavirus, extreme weather, and how climate risks are shaping financial institutions.

2020: Looking Back and Moving Forward from TCLF

This year-end summary from The Cultural Landscape Foundation includes Landslide 2020: Women Take the Lead and the Cornelia Hahn Oberlander International Landscape Architecture Prize. You can also learn more about “Race and Space,” the unifying theme for TCLF’s 2021 programming.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Year in Review

Explore how design has led the way this year with Cooper Hewitt’s look back at inspiring projects and designers, including James Burnett, FASLA, on using the power of design to build a better future.

The Dirt‘s Best Books of 2020

ASLA’s The Dirt compiles an annual list of the year’s must-have books on design and the environment. Among the selections for 2020 are Parks and Recreation System Planning: A New Approach for Creating Sustainable, Resilient Communities by David Barth, PhD, ASLA, AICP, CPRP, Co-Chair of ASLA’s Parks and Recreation Professional Practice Network (PPN).

Planetizen’s Top Urban Planning Books and Most Popular Urban Planning Articles of 2020

If The Dirt‘s list wasn’t enough for you, Planetizen has its own book list focused on planning, which includes books on missing middle housing, gender equity and intersectionality in planning, and a celebration of the suburbs.

World Landscape Architecture’s Most Read Projects

WLA’s top projects showcase the diversity and breadth of the profession.

2020 CityHealth Policy Assessment

CityHealth recently announced its annual policy ratings for the 40 largest U.S. cities. In a year that has seen more than its share of challenges, America’s cities are taking action to build their resilience and find innovative solutions to protect the health and well-being of their communities.

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