Wanted: Good Ideas for Green City Oases!

SPIEGEL ONLINE and SPIEGEL WISSEN are seeking entries for this year’s Social Design Award, which is being presented for the fourth time. This year’s theme: ideas for improving life in our public green spaces.

The Competition

Taking a stroll, enjoying the flowers, reading a book under the shade of a tree, sitting on a bench and enjoying the sun: There are many ways to relax in the park. But public green areas – including traffic islands, river banks or even the small areas surrounding clumps of trees in the city – offer opportunities to deepen community roots by way of communal projects.

And precisely that is the focus of the Social Design Award competition presented by SPIEGEL WISSEN and SPIEGEL ONLINE, in cooperation with German home improvement retailer BAUHAUS. This is the award’s fourth year and we are looking for innovative ideas to bring life to green areas in the city, ideas that move people to get involved in their green city oases, in their neighborhoods and in their cities.

Anyone can submit their ideas and projects using the form on this page. Submissions must be received by August 31, after which a jury of experts will evaluate the projects and create a shortlist of the best ones. Starting in early October, the jury and SPIEGEL ONLINE readers will each vote for their favorites from this shortlist. The winners of this year’s Social Design Award will receive prizes of 2,500 euros and will be presented on SPIEGEL ONLINE and in the Dec. 12 issue of SPIEGEL WISSEN.

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Landezine International Landscape Award Call for Entries

Landezine is calling professionals from the field of landscape architecture to submit entries for the second edition of LILA – Landezine International Landscape Award by May 26th, 2017.

After a very successful first edition of LILA in 2016 we are thrilled to announce two new categories. Beside the established award for offices, designers are now able to submit also up to two projects in the “Project” category. Manufacturers of urban equipment can send up to 3 products for sitting in the “Product” category.

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NY State Expands Emerald Ash Borer Quarantine

Departments of Environmental Conservation, Agriculture & Markets Expand Area Restricting Movement of Ash Wood to Slow Spread of Invasive Pest

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and Department of Agriculture and Markets (DAM) today announced that eight existing Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Restricted Zones have been expanded and merged into a single Restricted Zone in order to strengthen the State’s efforts to slow the spread of this invasive pest.

The new EAB Restricted Zone includes part or all of Albany, Allegany, Broome, Cattaraugus, Cayuga, Chautauqua, Chenango, Chemung, Columbia, Cortland, Delaware, Dutchess, Erie, Genesee, Greene, Livingston, Madison, Monroe, Niagara, Oneida, Onondaga, Ontario, Orange, Orleans, Oswego, Otsego, Putnam, Rensselaer, Rockland, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Sullivan, Tioga, Tompkins, Ulster, Wayne, Westchester, Wyoming, and Yates counties. The EAB Restricted Zone prohibits the movement of EAB and potentially infested ash wood. The map is available on DEC’s website.

“The expanded Restricted Zone for the destructive pest Emerald Ash Borer will help to slow the spread of this tree-killing beetle, protecting millions of ash trees in New York,” said DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos. “DEC will continue our efforts to slow the spread of this beetle and do what we can to help communities prepare for EAB.”

“It’s critical that we continue to track the Emerald Ash Borer and adjust our efforts to combat and slow the spread of this invasive beetle that damages and kills ash trees in both our forested and urban settings,” said State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball. “By expanding the Restricted Zone, we can ensure that EAB and potentially infested ash wood does not leave the quarantine areas.”

Emerald Ash Borer (Agrilus planipennis) or “EAB” is a serious invasive tree pest in the United States, killing hundreds of millions of ash trees in forests, yards, and neighborhoods. The beetles’ larvae feed in the cambium layer just below the bark, preventing the transport of water and nutrients into the crown and killing the tree. Emerging adult beetles leave distinctive D-shaped exit holes in the outer bark of the branches and the trunk. Adults are roughly 3/8 to 5/8 inch long with metallic green wing covers and a coppery red or purple abdomen. They may be present from late May through early September but are most common in June and July. Other signs of infestation include tree canopy dieback, yellowing, and browning of leaves.

EAB was first discovered in the U.S. in 2002 in southeastern Michigan. It was also found in Windsor, Ontario the same year. This Asian beetle infests and kills North American ash species (Fraxinus sp.) including green, white, black and blue ash. Thus, all native ash trees are susceptible.

EAB larvae can be moved long distances in firewood, logs, branches, and nursery stock, later emerging to infest new areas. These regulated articles may not leave the Restricted Zone without a compliance agreement or limited permit from the Department of Agriculture and Markets, applicable only during the non-flight season (September 1 – April 30). Regulated articles from outside of the Restricted Zone may travel through the Restricted Zone as long as the origin and the destination are listed on the waybill and the articles are moved without stopping, except for traffic conditions and refueling. Wood chips may not leave the Restricted Zone between April 15th and May 15th of each year when EAB is likely to emerge.

For more information about EAB or the emergency orders, please visit DEC’s website. If you see signs of EAB attack on ash trees outside of the Restrictive Zone, please report these occurrences to the DEC’s Forest Health Information Line toll-free at 1-866-640-0652.

DDC Annual Consultants Open House

The Department of Design and Construction will be hosting its annual Consultants open house on June 15th 2017. The types of professional services that we are presently procuring are Construction Management, Infrastructure Design , MEP, Structural engineering, Landscape Architecture, Special Inspections, Historic Preservation, Commissioning and roof replacement.

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ASLA Ask Me Anything with Mark Focht, FASLA

The next ASLA Emerging Professional Committee “Ask Me Anything” event is scheduled for May 9 at 3 p.m. EDT featuring our member and past ASLA President, Mark Focht, FASLA.

We encourage all emerging professionals to participate in the event, which will be broadcast live on the ASLA Facebook Page.

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Frederick Law Olmsted to be inducted into the New York Writers Hall of Fame – June 5

Noted writers Ron Chernow, William Kennedy, Suzan-Lori Parks and Lillian Ross are among the eight members of the 2017 Class of Inductees into the NYS Writers Hall of Fame.  The four are expected to be in attendance at the induction on Monday, June 5, 2017, at the Princeton Club of New York. Rocco Staino, who serves as the Director of the Empire State Center for the Book, made the announcement on February 20, 2017. The Center for the Book is the organization that oversees the Hall of Fame.  In addition, four deceased writers: Alexander Hamilton, Christopher Morley, Walter Dean Myers, and Frederick Law Olmsted will be inducted.

“This year our committee decided that it was time that we expand our scope of writers,” said Rocco Staino, Director for the Center of the Book. “Both Alexander Hamilton and Frederick Law Olmsted are noted for political and environmental writing respectively.”

The full list of the 2017 inductees is as follows:

Ron Chernow (1949) – Journalist, historian, and biographer

Alexander Hamilton (1755 – 1804) – A prolific and vigorous writer, he authored 51 of the Federalist Papers.

William Kennedy (1928) – Pulitzer Prize winner and author of eight novels called the Albany Cycle 

Christopher Morley  (1890 – 1957) – Journalist, novelist, essayist, and poet.  He was the founder of the Baker Street Irregulars. 

Walter Dean Myers (1937 – 2014) – Author of children’s and young adult books. He was the third National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature. 

Frederick Law Olmsted  (1822 – 1903) – Landscape architect who wrote about landscape, culture, and society. He was one of the earliest environmental writers.

Suzan-Lori Parks (1963) – Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, novelist and screenwriter. 

Lillian Ross  (1926) – American journalist and long-time writer for The New Yorker.

This year’s nominees into the NYS Writers Hall of Fame were chosen by a selection committee comprised of: Barbara Genco, retired librarian from Brooklyn Public Library and Editor of Collection Management at Media Source, Brian Kenney, Director of the White Plains Public Library, Stefanie Peters of the Library of America, Kathleen Masterson, Director of the Literature Program at the New York State Council on the Arts, Ira B. Matetsky Esq., partner at Ganfer & Shore, Christine McDonald, retired director of the Crandall Library in Glens Falls, Bertha Rogers, Executive Director of Bright Hill Press & creator of the New York State Literary website and map, Charlene Rue, Brooklyn & New York Public Libraries Book Ops, Cynthia Shor, Executive Director of the Walt Whitman Birthplace Association, and Rocco Staino, Director of the Empire State Center for the Book. 

The Empire State Center for the Book is part of the Library of Congress Center for the Book and is currently housed at the New York Library Association.

For additional information on the Empire State Center for the Book and the Writers Hall of Fame, please contact Rocco Staino at the New York Library Association, 1-800-252-NYLA or [email protected].

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