Landscape Architecture Magazine March 2021

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United States
American Society of Landscape Architects
12 Issues

in this issue

1 min

JAMES DUDLEY (“Cracking Up,” page 40) is an assistant superintendent for a development, general contracting, and construction management firm. You can reach him at “I wish we had more space to touch upon finish work, the final stage of a successful install.” JOHN PAYNE, ASLA, (“Cracking Up,” page 40) is a principal at SiteWorks Landscape Architecture. You can reach him at “A whole article could be written on alternative reinforcing materials (fibers, new technologies), which we were only able to mention.” TARA MITCHELL (“Roadside Realm,” page 98) has been a landscape designer for the Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s highway division for more than 20 years. You can reach her at “By sharing my observations, I hope to inspire others to protect existing natural lands and to discover the enormous potential…

2 min
mind the gaps

When Pete Buttigieg was confirmed in early February as the Secretary of Transportation, he brought something to the position not often seen at this echelon of politics: a deep understanding of the value landscape architects bring to the table, and at least a passing knowledge of this magazine. Much of the former, and certainly all of the latter, come courtesy of Jonathon Geels, ASLA, who was a landscape architect and project specialist at the Municipal Energy Office for South Bend, Indiana, when Buttigieg was mayor. “Each year, I’d gift him a copy of LAM and snap a photo in April,” explained Geels, noting that he had six or seven such photos from his time working for the city. Having a well-informed advocate for the profession in a cabinet role could be…

3 min
a rare rose, restored

The landscape architect James Rose once referred to the lawn-and-driveway pattern of suburban New Jersey as “civil obedience in the landscape.” He liked to flout setback requirements and other zoning regulations in favor of enclosing more space for private use. He rarely used drawings to create his designs, leaning instead on on-site improvisations that were meant to emphasize existing conditions. His projects were mostly residential, his clients often contrarians like himself. He may have been his own biggest client, spending many years tinkering with his own home and property in Ridgewood, New Jersey, which featured a Zen meditation hall. “He was probably the most astute critic of suburbia that the profession of landscape architecture has ever seen,” says Dean Cardasis, FASLA, the director of the James Rose Center, which is located…

4 min
galveston shall not be moved

“We have not been forward-thinking in terms of how we use space. Just look at the seawall,” says Keath Jacoby, the executive director of Vision Galveston, a nonprofit organization serving the Texas Gulf Coast community. “It’s a utilitarian structure that was built [more than] 100 years ago, and we just use it as a piece of concrete. It could be so much more.” Jacoby’s statement, referring to Galveston’s 10-mile-long seawall, first constructed in 1904, exemplifies the determined optimism and strategic thinking that animates the nonprofit organization’s efforts to preserve and improve open space in the community and to use it to reduce the threat of flooding. Just 1 percent of Galveston lies more than 15 feet above sea level. The vast majority of the barrier island, including the bulk of the city’s…

3 min
ready for foot traffic

The center of Toronto, a city of almost three million, is becoming increasingly crowded. So how can the city answer the need for public space? By remaking streets. A scheme by the landscape architects PUBLIC WORK proposes converting half of Toronto’s University Avenue into a linear park, and the idea has gained momentum. In November, two not-for-profit organizations, Evergreen and the Michael Young Family Foundation, unveiled the proposal, called University Park, to the public. Adam Nicklin, a cofounder and principal at PUBLIC WORK, says the design knits together a system of existing green spaces into a cohesive whole. “It’s a chance to reimagine a great street which doesn’t perform its highest civic function,” he says, and create “a 90-acre system of parks right in the heart of the city.” University Avenue is…

3 min
ride time

Over the past four years, federal investments in transportation have skewed toward drivers, with 60 percent of the $1 billion distributed through the BUILD (formerly TIGER) program in 2020 going to highways, bridges, and other autocentric infrastructure. Among the outliers is an alternative mobility project in Orange County, Florida, that is designed to reduce auto dependency and pedestrian deaths in a region known for both. Located in Lake Nona, a planned community of approximately 17,000 people on the southeast fringe of Orlando, the Local Alternative Mobility Network (LAMN) will integrate public space, stormwater management, expanded pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure, and a network of free autonomous shuttles into a single alternative transit system. The project is being led by Lake Nona developer Tavistock and transportation officials from Orange County and is viewed…