Landscape Architecture Magazine August 2021

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United States
American Society of Landscape Architects
12 Issues

in this issue

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BRENT CHAMBERLAIN (“i, Designer?” page 120) is an assistant professor of landscape architecture and environmental planning at Utah State University, where he conducts research on computational approaches toward design and planning. You can view his work at “The vastness of our current and inevitable (unintentional) consumption of artifical intelligence makes me wonder how this will fundamentally shift design thinking.” PHILLIP FERNBERG, ASSOCIATE ASLA, (“i, Designer?” page 120) is a PhD researcher at Utah State University’s Visualization, Instrumentation, and Virtual Interaction Design (VIVID) Lab, where he studies human–environment interactions and conceptualizes artificial intelligence systems for landscape architecture. You can contact him at phillip. “When I learned that there is a robot named after the mathematician Ada Lovelace independently producing abstract art, my stoke level went immediately to 11. How cool is that?” CLAIRE…

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in memory

It was probably sometime last fall when the editors at LAM began to notice the swell of memorial proposals coming across the transom. By the break of 2021, what had been a steadying trickle of story pitches about memorials had become a wave, and then a flood. By the summer, we were thinking about how to even cover them all without invoking reader fatigue. While many memorials celebrate overlooked events and figures, by far the driving theme is trauma. After the murder of Heather Heyer at the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017, civic and political institutions began to wake up to the fact that the American landscape was soaked in monuments to white supremacy and misogyny, and over the past several years, there has been a…

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A DISCIPLINE REDEFINED Isat down this weekend to browse the latest LAM issue, June, only to find myself not only reading and rereading pieces but wanting to share it widely. Your piece for Land Matters on the stewardship by Indigenous communities of the American landscape resonated immediately as I, too, was inspired by David Treuer’s piece in the Atlantic and had put it on my list of new works to include in teaching landscape history. I had not expected to see the same piece appreciated in our professional magazine. I was wrong and delightfully so. I continued to read as I identified other choices of essays and images that ought to be highlighted in a moment when we are so often called upon to critique and challenge. I am honored to…

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study the seagrass

Underwater eelgrass beds can fight climate change impacts by buffering ocean acidification and sequestering carbon, according to researchers from the University of California, Davis, in a new, six-year study of seven eelgrass meadows on the West Coast. The researchers found that the meadows can reduce local acidity by up to 30 percent, even at night.“There are immediate and long-term carbon benefits from eelgrass,” says Melissa Ward, one of the study’s authors and now a postdoctoral researcher at San Diego State University. “There’s a local benefit to species that use eelgrass on a daily to weekly time scale where they are gaining a pH benefit. And then there is blue carbon, or long-term sequestration, acting on a decadal to millennial time scale. Eelgrass can do both, and in California it’s doing…

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watershed moments

This month, on the riverside terrace of a former pump house in Columbus, Indiana, an exaggerated topographic model of the Mississippi watershed will be installed. It is a hardier object than models meant for conference rooms or museum galleries. In fact, the model’s designer, Derek Hoeferlin, Affiliate ASLA, encourages visitors to pour a glass of water, or beer, over the landscape, to see how much pilsner the Ohio River can take, or how many ounces of stout it requires to overtop the Missouri River. Or, “if it’s coming from the Northwest,” Hoeferlin says, “it might be an IPA.”Installed as part of this year’s Exhibit Columbus, a biennial celebration of the Indiana city’s trove of midcentury modern architecture, the model is split into six lobes that fit together like puzzle pieces,…

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farming the margins

f this current climate has taught us anything, “Iit’s that we can no longer wait on our elected officials to make those critical decisions for our neighborhoods. We have to keep us safe,” says the Richmond, Virginia-based Sunrise Movement organizer and photographer Christian Carter-Ross. “[These] efforts to help low-income areas are often the poor helping the poor. More affluent areas typically isolate their communities through financial avenues. It’s by design that you’ll never find a Whole Foods in the ’hood.” One of the more noticeable examples of the racial inequities that persist in southern cities like Richmond is the varied access to basic necessities exemplified by the city’s rampant food deserts. Areas of the city predominantly occupied by white and affluent community members, such as the West End or the Fan…