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Landscape Architecture Magazine

Landscape Architecture Magazine

October 2020

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American Society of Landscape Architects
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CONTRIBUTORS UJIJJI DAVIS, ASLA, (“To the Core,” page 104) is a landscape architect and urban planner based in Detroit, where she is an associate at SmithGroup. You can follow her on Instagram and on Twitter @buttaphro. “Land triggers an emotional reaction, and it’s important that we remember that as we continue to steward and manipulate it. This project revealed a discussion about the emotional qualities behind land and urban development that I did not expect.” KATHERINE JENKINS (“A Way of Walking,” page 120) is an assistant professor of landscape architecture at the Ohio State University and a cofounder of the interdisciplinary design/research group Present Practice. You can reach her at katherine.a.jenkins@gmail.com. “While the meadow occupies only one acre of land, in walking it repeatedly over the last year I have traversed over 20 miles…

new roles

The librarian and editor Theodora Kimball’s first byline in this magazine appeared in 1912, linked to an article titled “A Brief Survey of Recent City Planning Reports in the United States.” Though she might be best known to LAM readers as the coauthor, with Henry V. Hubbard, of An Introduction to the Study of Landscape Design, Kimball was also a contributing editor here, and the first woman to appear on the magazine’s masthead, where she joined Hubbard, Charles Downing Lay, and Robert Wheelwright in July 1918. Though there would be women on staff in many roles in the decades after Kimball, LAM would not place a woman in the top role for 66 more years. You won’t find Kimball mentioned often in LAM’s origin myths. Kimball, later Theodora Kimball Hubbard (she…


A NEW VIEW The cover story of your August 2020 publication is absolutely fantastic. I typically thumb through your magazine to look at beautiful landscape projects, products, or progressive landscaping designs. The dialogue you feature in “The Twin Pandemics” was incredibly engaging and relevant to the cultural upheavals we are experiencing. I never expected the need to radically reassess these dislocations through the lens of landscape architecture to be so revealing. Obviously, I have been missing the boat. I hope you receive wide readership and credit for your contribution. Keep up the great work. ANDREWS LEFEVRE STUDIOS INC., NEW YORK CORRECTION The August feature article “The Twin Pandemics” misidentified the location of Hayden Plaza, a project by DesignJones LLC. It is located in the Central City neighborhood of New Orleans—the heart of several 1960s civil rights demonstrations…

an emerald necklace at 70 feet

This fall, students returning to the University of Miami found a not-so-miniature city in place of what had been a parking lot near the center campus. Lakeside Village is a 540,000-squarefoot student housing community located on the shores of Lake Osceola. It is a unique assemblage of interconnected apartment blocks and gathering spaces—sleek, geometric volumes seven stories high, interwoven with verdant gardens and topped with flowering perennials that peek over the parapets of the buildings’ sloped roofs. Designed by Arquitectonica and its landscape arm ArquitectonicaGEO (ArqGEO), the project is a bold experiment in low-impact development in a part of the country that will have to build more strategically if it intends to keep dry. The village’s 25 residential buildings—which will house a total of 1,115 students—are propped up on massive concrete…

under the microscope

A growing body of evidence suggests that the A health benefits of green space are not limited to providing opportunities for exercise or psychological reprieves, but also play a fundamental role in influencing the composition of the human microbiome—that vast collection of microorganisms that live on and inside our bodies. Now, a study from a team of researchers at the University of Adelaide in Australia provides a scientific basis for what is called “microbiome rewilding,” or the reintroduction of beneficial microbiota to urban or degraded landscapes through strategic plantings. Published in Restoration Ecology, the study compared the soil microbial diversity of five common landscape typologies—lawn, vacant lot, parkland, restored native woodland, and remnant native woodland—and found that the soil microbiomes of the restored woodland areas (planted roughly 15 years prior to…

a lake and a long history

Summit Lake in Akron, Ohio, is aglacial landmark shaped like a lopsided figure eight. It sits along a continental divide, so its waters flow both north toward Lake Erie and south toward the Mississippi River. “Not many cities have this kind of asset,” says Kyle Lukes, ASLA, a senior landscape architect with Environmental Design Group in Akron. The residents who live next to the lake haven’t always seen it that way, though. In 2016, Akron was one of five cities chosen for Reimagining the Civic Commons, a $40 million effort with backing from the Knight and Kresge Foundations, among others, to counter trends of economic segregation, social isolation, and distrust through creative reuses of public space. Akron’s proposal included the lake and the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail, which winds…