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Landscape Architecture Magazine April 2019

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American Society of Landscape Architects
12 Issues

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1 min.

JACKY BOWRING (“An Antidote to Excess,” page 150) is a professor of landscape architecture at Lincoln University in New Zealand. She is the editor of Landscape Review and author of Melancholy and the Landscape: Locating Sadness, Memory, and Reflection in the Landscape (Routledge, 2016). You can reach her at jacky.bowring@lincoln.ac.nz. “Unlike some designers who produce lavish monographs, or who are very vocal in the profession, Descombes has written little, and his work is also ‘quiet.’ Writing the review made me realize how important this book is, and made me wonder if there are other quiet designers for whom such a book is needed.” CHRISTINA CHEAKALOS (“Power Play,” page 112) is a freelance writer in Vermont. You can reach her at cheakalos@verizon.net. “I was struck by KaBOOM!’s willingness to acknowledge what it didn’t know…

3 min.
why they walk

I signed the Women’s Landscape Equality (re)Solution, which I appears in full on page 143, as soon as it came out last fall. In some way, it was a redress of the times much earlier in my career when I’d failed to observe the very first commitment the (re)Solution asks everyone to make: “We condemn inequality wherever we see it.” I saw inequality right in front of me at a job I used to have, more than once, and did nothing. The boss in this case went through staff the way some of us go through facial tissues, so we were frequently interviewing new candidates for jobs. After an interview, in private, the conversation would become discomfiting when the candidate, however qualified, had been a woman of childbearing age. “Did you…

3 min.
spring forward

There are 38 named lakes in Lakeland, Florida, but as far as Bill Tinsley knows, only one freshwater spring. A small seep spring, it bubbles clear, 72-degree water out of Florida’s sandy soils just west of downtown, in a spot where the elevation dips below the water table. Tinsley, who for 14 years served as the city’s parks and recreation director, is part of a team transforming 180 acres of land around this spring into what is being billed as Lakeland’s Central Park. The ambitious plan includes botanical and sculpture gardens, boat rentals, an aquarium, nature classrooms, restaurants, more than two miles of accessible paths, and a great lawn for events, as well as a picturesque valley through which Lakeland’s only spring will meander. Once home to one of Florida’s largest rail…

2 min.
the monarch’s tropical illness

A researchers at the University of Georgia began receiving some worrisome reports from its network of citizen scientists. Monarch butterflies in the southern United States were exhibiting higher-than-average rates of infection by the deadly parasite Ophryocystis elektroscirrha (OE). There were also increasing reports of monarchs wintering in people’s gardens. The researchers thought, “That’s strange; they’re supposed to be in Mexico,” recalls Dara Satterfield, then a PhD student at the university’s Odum School of Ecology. Today researchers believe they understand both phenomena. The answer, it seems, lies in the explosion in tropical milkweed (Asclepias curassavica), a nonnative species that nonetheless can be found in seed packets and big-box nurseries around the country. Unlike native Asclepias species, which die back in the winter, tropical milkweed (also known as Mexican milkweed) can grow year-round…

3 min.
meet in the middle

It’s a pretty dark time in Chicago for community–police relations, especially among the city’s most-policed neighborhoods, which are predominantly low-income and African American or Latinx. But a recent project proposes that one place to begin rebuilding relations is with some casual conversation—and a place to have it. Just across the street from the 12th District Police Headquarters on the city’s Near West Side, Site Design Group led neighborhood volunteers and corporate sponsors in building an “instant park” with the idea that an inviting public space could bring community members and police together. The small, triangle-shaped plaza, formed by the intersection of Blue Island Avenue and Racine Avenue, consists of just a few elements: fenced perennial plantings centered around trees and decomposed concrete gravel. Most of it was built in just six…

3 min.
extra extracurricular

Student ASLA chapters around the country must be inventive to raise money, and the landscape architecture and environmental planning department at Utah State University has found a way to raise between $8,000 and $12,000 annually. The revenue comes from the Community Design Team (CDT) program, in which, under faculty guidance, groups of students pro-vide design and planning services to clients in Utah. Run by David Evans, ASLA, an associate professor of professional practice at Utah State, the initiative helps fulfill the university’s land-grant extension services mission, which is to improve the lives of Utah residents by offering them research-based advice. Sean Michael, the head of the landscape architecture and environmental planning department, says the program is a “win-win-win” for students, communities, and Utah’s landscape professionals, who may be hired to build…