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Landscape Architecture MagazineLandscape Architecture Magazine

Landscape Architecture Magazine August 2017

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American Society of Landscape Architects
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12 Issues

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contributors

JEANNE HAFFNER (“Halprin on the Anacostia,” page 146) is the Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Urban Landscape Studies at Dumbarton Oaks. You can reach her at jmhaffner@gmail.com.“ Halprin’s whimsical drawings for Anacostia Park belie the extensive ecological and engineering studies and plans that took place behind the scenes. The drawing of the swimming lake at the Kingman Park site masks the underlying hydraulic system designed to filter and aerate the water.”LOUISE JOHNS (“Ears to the Ground,” page 98) is a freelance photojournalist and National Geographic Young Explorer based in Bozeman, Montana. You can follow her on Instagram @e.ljohns.“ I wish I would’ve had a greater variety of light and more time with the people, but I also believe there is a reason for everything, and rainstorms create a sort of surreal…

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climate at the gsd

In her interview with James Trulove (“Martha Schwartz, Reconnecting,” July), Martha Schwartz presents several factual errors regarding our course offerings in ecology and climate change.Contrary to what Martha states, these two topics are central to our curriculum. Our department counts no less than 10 faculty members who teach a broad range of topics on ecology, including natural and built coastal environments, aquatic ecology, land– water linkages, urban and town ecology, and restoration ecology, to name a few. We do teach, as she correctly states, plant association, but this is by no means the only approach to plants we teach. Our students also learn organism, horticultural, performative, and typological approaches to the study of plants.In relation to climate change, we have conducted option studios on the topic for at least a…

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look north

Next to the conversation in this country about harsh rollbacks of environmental regulation by the Trump administration, the news out of Quebec in June seems like a dispatch from another planet. On June 16, the Quebec National Assembly unanimously passed a new law, the Wetlands and Water Conservation Act, to conserve wetlands and other water bodies. Quebec has had a provincial water policy since 2002, but the new law is significant because it fastens a “no net loss” principle for wetlands into the books, which discourages wetland destruction and creates a compensation scheme for mitigation when destruction occurs. A statement by Ducks Unlimited Canada, the conservation group, calls the law “a turning point in the history of wildlife and wetland habitat conservation.” Nina-Marie Lister, Honorary ASLA, an ecologist and associate…

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copy and paste

Streets in downtown Oklahoma City have been rebuilt as a part of Project 180 (COURTESY OJB LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE)Nine years after Prevention magazine named Oklahoma City the least walkable city in the United States, the city’s downtown core has been wholly remade, with a redesign of its streetscapes and two major park projects completed or in the works. Today, the downtown has a Walk Score of 74, rivaling Seattle and Washington, D.C. “It’s incredible, the amount of private businesses and urban housing that’s come in. It’s a vibrant, bustling downtown, which is amazing,” says Scott Howard, ASLA, one of two principals at Howard-Fairbairn Site Design. The firm has worked alongside larger international firms to help guide the transformation.Oklahoma City’s transformation is unusual for how swiftly it has been realized. In the…

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what’s in a name?

the geoarchaeologist Ben Pears and a local resident at Alrewas, or “land that floods and drains quickly”One of the joys of travel, even of armchair travel, is the discovery of euphonious place-names. I’ve driven through both Humptulips, on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula, and Quonochontaug, in Rhode Island, and in both cases, these names, which I find flow off the tongue, flow in another way, too. Each describes the place’s hydrological characteristics. Humptulips, in the tongue of the Chehalis Tribe, tells that it is “hard to pole” a canoe through the river, which follows a convoluted course that includes fast, narrow torrents. Quonochontaug (Narragansett for “at the long pond”) is along a string of broad, placid coastal lagoons.The guide that indigenous names can provide to landscape qualities and to human interactions with…

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discomfort zones

A playground in Folwell Park, one of the largest parks in North Minneapolis. (MINNEAPOLIS PARK AND RECREATION BOARD)With its chain of lakes and acres of open space, M inneapolis has a nationally lauded park system. But as of 2015, its smaller neighborhood parks faced a capital investment backlog of more than $100 million, a shortfall that translated to aging structures, walkways full of potholes, and soccer fields that had been ground into mud. Vina Kay, the executive director of the Minnesota-based advocacy organization Voices for Racial Justice, says one can see an ugly pattern in which parks are in the worst shape. “If you were to go on a visual tour, you would see that some parks are more run-down than others and that those parks are most often in…

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