Landscape Architecture Magazine May 2021

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United States
American Society of Landscape Architects
12 Issues

in this issue

1 min

CONTRIBUTORS LAKE DOUGLAS, FASLA, (“A Deep Structure of Place,” page 120) is a professor at Louisiana State University’s Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture and the associate dean of research and development at the College of Art + Design. You can reach him at “My first book review appeared in LAM in July 1977; this one is number 69, but who’s counting?” REBECCA FALZANO (“An Island No More,” page 22) has spent the past decade-plus writing about design and architecture in Maine. “I learned about all the ways Beatrix Farrand shaped the land in one of my favorite places on Earth as one of the founding members of ASLA—and the only woman.” KARL KRAUSE (“Whose Eyes on the Street?” page 92) is a senior landscape architect for OLIN based in Minneapolis. You can reach…

3 min
just safety

I always thought the term “public housing” was an ill-fitting one. It sets up all kinds of flawed divisions and misconceptions—that public housing belongs to and is open to the public like public space (it’s not), that it is free (residents pay rent), and that public housing (and by extension its residents) is a distinct category separate from everyone else. Over the first few months of this year, we’ve published two articles on the redesign of public housing. In February, “From the Outside In” by Brian Barth looked at the massive public housing redevelopment effort in San Francisco that is being held up as a model for responsive, integrated, community-based design. Although the article was focused on Hunters View, an ASLA award-winning project by Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture, it was Gary Strang,…

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MORE DETAILS Thank you for including the article about concrete construction (“Cracking Up”) in the March issue! The detailed information that the authors shared is incredibly helpful. It’s difficult to find this kind of hands-on knowledge on construction details. Yet having it enables me to develop more realistic details that contractors will be glad to install, and it enables me to make wiser decisions in the field during construction. Can you please include more articles about the rationale behind the components of a construction detail in future issues of LAM? JONATHAN FAASSE, ASLA LANSING, MICHIGAN INCLUDE THE INDIGENOUS I greatly enjoyed reading the March article “Toward Reclamation” about the Sacramento–San Joaquin Delta and learning more about this complex and confounding landscape that is quite near to where I grew up. However, I was surprised that the…

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extra space, extramural

More than a year into remote learning, Zoom has proven itself to be an adequate stopgap for basic instruction in university classrooms. Many design students even have benefited from the platform’s ability to collapse distance, making it possible to engage with students, guest lecturers, and critics from anywhere. Where Zoom is woefully insufficient, says Roberto Rovira, ASLA, the chair of the landscape architecture department at the Florida International University (FIU) School of Architecture (SOA), is in enabling the kinds of side conversations and ambient observations that are so much a part of the studio experience. “Those incidental conversations, the peripheral awareness of how someone is solving something, [are] why we have studio environments in the first place,” he says. As students trickle back to campus—this spring, FIU moved to a hybrid…

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an island no more

Mount Desert Island in Maine has a rich history of landscape architecture. Beatrix Farrand, a founding member of the American Society of Landscape Architects, summered and practiced there in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, making contributions to gardens and landscapes as well as the island’s carriage road system. And time spent on Mount Desert Island helped a young Charles Eliot develop his early ideas about conservation and the value of public lands, which would later inspire the establishment of the Trustees of Public Reservations (now the Trustees of Reservations) and influence his father to collaborate with George Dorr in establishing what became Acadia National Park. Today, the Land & Garden Preserve stewards 1,400 acres of lands and gardens of historic significance on Mount Desert Island, including a semiformal herbaceous…

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earth science, applied

Rock weathering, a natural process long known to sequester carbon but until recently considered impractical as a climate mitigation strategy, is gaining momentum. “Enhanced rock weathering could be a game changer for the climate, because we are beyond the point where reducing our carbon emissions is enough. We must actively remove carbon from the atmosphere,” says the agronomist and landscape architect Michael Curry, ASLA. The chemical breakdown of minerals in rock and soil sequesters carbon by combining carbon dioxide from the atmosphere with water to form carbonic acid. When carbonic acid comes in contact with silicate (90 percent of the Earth’s rock), it triggers something known as the Urey reaction, pulling gaseous carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and combining it with water and calcium or magnesium silicates to form soil carbonates.…