Landscape Architecture Magazine February 2021

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United States
American Society of Landscape Architects
12 Issues

in this issue

1 min

BRIAN FRYER (“A Loss Written on the Land,” page 20) has worked as a journalist for more than 20 years and specialized in the architecture, engineering, and construction industry for the past 12. You can reach him at “One of the resources being used to restore the site of the Bear River Massacre is the hand-drawn plant diary kept by Mae Timbimboo Parry, the grandmother of Darren Parry, who is leading the efforts to build the memorial. She had firsthand knowledge of the site from not long after the massacre.” JANE MARGOLIES (“On Track,” page 54) is a New York-based journalist, a contributing editor to the magazine, and a frequent contributor to the New York Times. You can follow her on Twitter @janemargolies. “I wish I could have said more about the…

2 min
don’t flinch

I began to read Katherine May’s Wintering: The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times the day after the attempted coup at the Capitol on January 6, and finished it in one sitting. The magazine staff was deep into the final grinding hours of production on this issue when the news cycle unwound and images of the invasion of the United States Congress began to come across our collective feed. The Center for Landscape Architecture, where both LAM and the American Society of Landscape Architects are based, is in Washington, D.C., not far from where these events unfolded. Though we were working from home, it felt physically and psychologically close. Shame, grief, and rage are just a few of the winds blowing through the city. The next day, I spent…

3 min
winter warmers

Cities around the country have held design competitions over the past several months, inviting ideas from designers and planners for how to “winterize” outdoor dining. Many of the resulting concepts, however, have been criticized for being impractical or too expensive, partially because of the vacuum created by the typical competition process, in which design teams receive a brief and proceed with limited feedback. A program run by the state of Colorado in partnership with the Colorado Restaurant Association and the Colorado Restaurant Foundation offers an alternative model. Launched in October, the program has two components. The first is a $1.8 million pot made up of public and private funds that is available to locally owned restaurants (corporate-owned chains are not eligible). The second is a series of design concepts developed for…

2 min
familiar faces

When tendonitis ended her career as a concert pianist and she went back to school to study landscape architecture, Mikyoung Kim, FASLA, didn’t see herself in her newly chosen field. Kim is a first-generation Korean American woman, a conspicuous outlier in a profession dominated by white men. So she found inspiration where she could, in designers who shared aspects of her cultural experience, if not her gender. “Noguchi was somebody who I really admired. I could relate to him,” recalls Kim, who founded Mikyoung Kim Design in Boston in 1994. “His biographies often talked about…how he lived in these two cultures.” Kim is now one of 32 designers featured in the Design Museum’s exhibition We Design: People. Practice. Progress. Launched in Boston in September 2019 before migrating to a virtual home,…

3 min
a loss written on the land

For centuries, it was tradition each January for several thousand members of the nomadic Northwestern Band of the Shoshone Nation to gather at a bend in the Bear River near the borders of Idaho and Utah. Tribal leader Darren Parry says the Shoshone called the place Boa Ogoi. Bands of the tribe would share stories, use the natural hot springs, and perform the “warm dance” to hasten the coming of spring. In the mid-1800s, as more settlers came to the area now known as Cache Valley, there were intermittent conflicts with the Indigenous people there. On January 29, 1863, a detachment of the U.S. Army Cavalry attacked a group of Shoshone that had remained at Boa Ogoi after the annual gathering, killing nearly 400 men, women, and children in one of…

3 min
give ’em the slip

San Francisco’s Dogpatch community was “a neighborhood desperately needing a park,” says Patricia Fonseca. While the city’s western shore boasts 3.5-mile Ocean Beach and its northern boundary has the 100-acre Crissy Field, its eastern edge, along the San Francisco Bay, is almost devoid of parks. Dogpatch harbored only one block-sized—and landlocked—park, despite the fact that its waterfront had been one of the most active in the city. To address this lack of green space, the city recently opened Crane Cove Park—a new seven-acre park on a former shipyard. Fonseca, an associate principal of landscape architecture at AECOM and a neighbor of the park, led the design. The park is part of the 66-acre Union Iron Works Historic District. The majority of the area is being privately developed, with contributions by James Corner…