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Landscape Architecture Magazine October 2019

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United States
American Society of Landscape Architects
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12 Issues


2 min.
landscape architecture

EDITOR Bradford McKee / bmckee@asla.org ART DIRECTOR Christopher McGee / cmcgee@asla.org SENIOR EDITOR Jennifer Reut / jreut@asla.org COPY CHIEF Lisa Schultz / lschultz@asla.org EDITORIAL DESIGN ASSISTANT Emily Cox / ecox@asla.org CONTRIBUTING EDITORS Brian Barth; Jessica Bridger; Sahar Coston-Hardy, Affiliate ASLA; Jonathan Lerner; Jane Margolies; Zach Mortice; Anne Raver; Timothy A. Schuler; Alex Ulam; James R. Urban, FASLA; Lisa Owens Viani EDITORIAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE Falon Mihalic, ASLA / Chair Haley Blakeman, ASLA / Vice President, Communications Camille Applewhite, ASLA Benjamin Boisclair, Associate ASLA Kofi Boone, ASLA Conner Bruns, Student ASLA Kassandra D. Bryant, Student ASLA Farah Dakkak, International ASLA Ujijji Davis, ASLA William Green, ASLA Robynne Heymans, Student ASLA Brian Jencek, ASLA Dalton M. LaVoie, ASLA Maren McBride, ASLA Tobie E. Merrill, ASLA Cleve Larry Mizell, ASLA Erin Monk-Tharp, ASLA Forster O. Ndubisi, FASLA Charles Kene Okigbo,…

1 min.
lam / inside

ASLA STUDENT AWARDS JURY & ASLA PROFESSIONAL AWARDS JURY At the Center for Landscape Architecture It sounds like sheer fun—and being on the ASLA Professional and Student Awards juries is fun, by all reports, but it is also a lot of hard work. Each jury has a crosssection of professionals—from the private sector, public agencies, academia, large offices and small (or sole)—from various parts of the country and a range of generations and backgrounds. Each entry commands their sharpest attention to ensure it gets its fair shot. See the results of the 2019 juries, starting on page 64. GOT A STORY? At LAM, we don’t know what we don’t know. If you have a story, project, obsession, or simply an area of interest you’d like to see covered, tell us! Send it to lam@asla.org. Visit…

3 min.
right on time

Among this year’s superb ASLA Student Award winners, it seems almost as if several of the designers had an advance copy of the latest report on land use by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, or IPCC. The panel supports the work of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, originator of the 2015 Paris Agreement, by providing scientific reports on climate change impacts, and ways to mitigate or adapt to them. Its latest major report, Climate Change and Land, came out in early August, and in many ways runs directly alongside the contemporary concerns of landscape architecture. The report details the interactions between land and climate, the ways human activity on land (which “provides the basis for human livelihoods and wellbeing”) contributes to global warming and, in turn,…

3 min.
elizabeth meyer receives the vincent scully prize

To many readers of this magazine, Elizabeth K. Meyer, FASLA, is known for her unforgettable essay, “Sustaining Beauty: The Performance of Appearance,” which appeared in these pages in October 2008. It set a milestone in the profession’s understanding that increasingly urgent environmental imperatives in design should not forsake the aesthetic experiences of people in landscapes. It also showed, at least in part, how Meyer’s early grounding in design practice has informed the development of her critical theory and thinking about history in landscape architecture, as well as her role as an educator at the University of Virginia, where she is the Merrill D. Peterson Professor of Landscape Architecture and has served in the past as dean. Meyer’s career, and its influence in the design professions, has earned her the 2019 Vincent…

3 min.
cut and fill, for the last time

At first glance, the small plaza at the corner of Concordia Avenue and Fisk Street in Saint Paul, Minnesota, appears to be a sleek pocket park, its restrained gestures—a geometric knoll, a steeland-wood shade trellis—a far cry from the bright plastic play equipment that is the norm in most urban neighborhoods. But the quality of the plaza’s design is a reflection of its significance to the neighborhood: The space commemorates the African American community of Rondo, once the hub of black life in Saint Paul, which was all but destroyed by the construction of Interstate 94 in the 1960s. The project was initiated by Rondo Avenue Inc. (RAI), which for 36 years has hosted Rondo Days, a homecoming event for the Rondo diaspora, many of whom stayed in touch through a…

3 min.
backyard conservation

Indiana Dunes National Park, which became America’s newest national park in February 2019, is a fragile, biodiverse dune ecosystem along the southern rim of Lake Michigan. Beaches and wind-blown dunes give way to interdunal wetlands, black oak savannas, and dense forests of oak and hickory. Interspersed among this dynamic and fragmented landscape are the conspicuous signs of human influence—puffing steel mills, working rail lines, and residential communities such as Ogden Dunes, Miller Beach, Beverly Shores, and Dune Acres. Although these communities are not located within park boundaries, many are directly adjacent, or even surrounded by, the park, putting homeowners in a powerful position to steward plants that support the health of the broader ecosystem. “People, especially in dunes communities, have a lot of pride being part of the dunes ecology.…