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Landscape Architecture MagazineLandscape Architecture Magazine

Landscape Architecture Magazine February 2019

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American Society of Landscape Architects
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12 Issues

IN THIS ISSUE

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contributors

(LAURA PRESSLEY)GABRIELLA MARKS (“The Huntress,” page 90) is a Santa Fe-based photographer. You can follow her on Instagram @gabriellamarksphoto.“Christie Green completely changed the way I think about design, especially with respect to the landscape. Her perspective has much more resonance with the natural ebb and flow of the environment. She really collaborates with, rather than ‘works on,’ the environment.”(KIT KELLISON)MIRIAM MOYNIHAN (“Changes Ferguson Can See,” page 38) has written about topics such as architecture, music, commodities, and deregulation. Her e-mail is mir.moynihan@gmail.com.“Ferguson is still in the news and popular culture. In October, the St. Louis Art Museum opened a group of large-scale paintings by Kehinde Wiley using African American models found in St. Louis and Ferguson, and in January, the St. Louis Black Repertory staged a new work titled Canfield…

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the meaning of stem

I hope readers this month will pay particular attention to the I report by our contributor Brian Barth on the effort to have landscape architecture designated as a STEM profession by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which starts on page 70. The push for recognition as a STEM field is collective among educators, practitioners, and the landscape architecture leadership organizations, including ASLA, which put forward a formal petition to DHS for the designation in 2016 and awaits a decision. There is broad recognition within the profession that landscape architecture engages deeply with the STEM fields—science, technology, engineering, and math—though building a formal case for it to DHS, or, more specifically, its subagency, the office of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), has been a major challenge in recent…

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reframing landscape architecture

Misunderstanding of landscape architecture and why it matters has many consequences, as described in the October issue of LAM (“Make Yourself Known,” Land Matters). One of these is the risk of harm to the public and environment resulting from policy changes based on incomplete or inaccurate information about the profession and its impact on public health, safety, and welfare.While many factors contribute to ill-conceived policy proposals, a common thread is the gap between the reality of professional practice and the perception held by much of the public about what landscape architects do.Case in point: An October 21, 2018, editorial in the News & Advance (Lynchburg, Virginia), in support of a recent proposal to deregulate the profession, opined that landscape architects exist to solve the new homeowner’s dilemma of “a yard…

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the halprin i know

In Justin Parscher’s review of Alison Isenberg’s Designing San Francisco (“Where Credit’s Due,” LAM, November), he rightly lauds the book for recognizing the many actors responsible for the city’s urban design. The book brings to the fore the skills and expertise of the individuals and professions whose stories are typically unsung and play key roles in design and planning. They include model makers, graphic designers, publicists, design critics, and banks, while often highlighting the role of gender and how women have often been kept out of the historical narrative. Isenberg and the reviewer question the issue of a singular authorship of projects. A key case study in the book is that of Ghirardelli Square, the product of the collaboration between the architect William Wurster and the landscape architect Lawrence Halprin.…

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the making of a memorial

The chosen design for a permanent Sandy Hook memorial calls for a “sacred sycamore” and a circular fountain that will flow year-round. (SWA)Dan Affleck, ASLA, and Ben Waldo, Associate ASLA, decided to respond to the RFP for a permanent memorial to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting partly to stretch underused design muscles but also to wrestle with the epidemic of mass shootings in the United States. “It felt like something we could do to actually engage with that issue with the tools that we know best,” says Waldo, a designer in the San Francisco office of SWA. “We didn’t expect to win.”The pair spent three months developing their scheme for the five-acre woodland site, not far from the new Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. It centered on…

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quitting tobacco

Big Tobacco built Durham, North Carolina. From a mid-19th-century railroad station, the city grew into an international hub of the industry. After a hundred years, when its products became known as a proven health scourge, tobacco flamed out. But all did not go down in ashes. Tobacco’s built legacy now has become the bones of a reverberant downtown: Handsome, oversized red-brick factories, warehouses, and auction houses, many in good structural condition, have taken on new roles as housing, offices, restaurants and retail, entertainment, and indoor and outdoor recreational facilities.Dan Jewell, ASLA, a landscape architect and the president of Coulter Jewell Thames, a local engineering and landscape architecture firm, has been integral to the transformation. The process started with an underground-up property analysis for the redevelopment consultant and the property management…

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