Landscape Architecture Magazine

Landscape Architecture Magazine November 2020

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United States
American Society of Landscape Architects
12 号



JESSICA CANFIELD, ASLA, (“The Scripted Surface,” page 36) is a landscape architect and associate professor of landscape architecture at Kansas State University, where her teaching and research focus on improving the performance of urban public space. You can reach her at “Concrete is ubiquitous, so I especially appreciate designers who apply a strong concept to create a delightful paving pattern underfoot.” MELANIE FORD (“Microcosmic Wetlands,” page 24) is a cultural anthropologist of cities, the environment, and science and technology. You can reach her at “The Eastern Glades reminds designers and conservationists that restoration of any landscape can only benefit from engaging and including the site’s cultural heritage.” JENNIFER MAPES (“Around the Block,” page 90) is an associate professor of geography at Kent State University. You can reach her at “As someone who…

sewer politics

It was our web editor, Zach Mortice, who tipped me off to the sewer socialists. In an early draft of his lively piece on Stephen McCarthy and Greenseams, the hypereffective stormwater management program from the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (see “The Divining Rod,” page 72), he carved out several breathless paragraphs to relay the history of the city’s three socialist mayors. It was a detour, but an interesting one, and it’s not hard to see why he was so energized. Like many voters committed to conservation issues and galvanized by the climate crises, landscape architects, students, and faculty have been aligning around House Resolution 109, also known as the Green New Deal, and with it has come a not-always-nuanced argument that links socialism as a political ideology with public works.…

compliments of the house

I would like to add my voice to what I imagine is a chorus of deserved kudos and thank-yous being directed toward Brad McKee these days. As a landscape architect, I so appreciate how he contemporized this venerable publication (110 years old last month) and made it a true reflection of our times. In every issue, he conveyed the breadth of our profession and showed the countless ways in which we, as landscape architects, are making the world a better place. While the celebrated, high-profile projects have earned their beautiful spreads, it has been Brad’s focus on covering the important work of less heralded professionals addressing critical issues and solving challenging problems that has really made LAM shine so brightly this past decade. His Land Matters columns have continually been…

school in season

When students returned to Portland Public Schools in Maine this fall, they did so in classrooms that looked at least somewhat like what many outdoor learning advocates have long envisioned: rings of tree stumps arranged in a forest clearing, chairs spread across grassy lawns, upturned buckets placed between raised garden beds. These makeshift learning spaces were a response not to the overwhelming evidence that outdoor education improves health and academic performance, but to the need to reduce the transmission of COVID-19. Caught between the risks of COVID-19 and the uncertainty of online learning, school administrators have embraced outdoor learning at an unprecedented pace. In the past, explains Sashie Misner, ASLA, a landscape architect and volunteer with Portland’s Rapid Response Outdoor Classroom Initiative, outdoor classroom projects “have been bottom up, working with…

a collective for the culture

When Jaz Bonnin, Heidi Brandow, Elsa Hoover, and Zoë Toledo walked through the doors of Harvard University’s Gund Hall, they weren’t aware they were making history. The women arrived at the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) with diverse backgrounds and wide-ranging interests, from affordable housing to the spatialization of resource extraction. Still, the women had one thing in common: heritage that stretches back to well before Western contact. Brandow is Diné and Kanaka Maoli (known more commonly as Navajo and Native Hawaiian); Toledo is Diné; Hoover, of mixed Anishinabe and Finnish heritage; and Bonnin, of mixed heritage that includes Yankton Sioux and Blackfoot. The students’ arrival at the GSD in fall 2019 marked the first time in the school’s nearly 100-year history that four students of Native ancestry have been…

microcosmic wetlands

Covered by tree throws and other detritus from Hurricane Ike in 2008, along with a subsequent drought, the 100 acres within Houston’s Memorial Park known as the Glades had until recently been inaccessible to visitors and were considered a degrading ecology. “It became apparent that there really was no hope for that forest to come back,” says Carolyn White, the conservation director at the Memorial Park Conservancy. Yet, in studying soil surveys, historical aerial photos, geologic maps, and wetland delineations, the landscape architecture firm Nelson Byrd Woltz (NBW) found inspiration in the region’s natural composition. Rather than hastily removing problematic terrain, a hands-on approach to removing the dead trees and brush privileged a slow and careful engagement with the landscape. The designers, working in collaboration with the Memorial Park Conservancy, Houston…