Landscape Architecture Magazine November 2021

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United States
American Society of Landscape Architects
12 Issues

in this issue

1 min

CAROL BECKER (“A Haven for Art,” page 30) is a Chicago-based landscape designer and writer with 15 years of experience writing about and designing with native plants. You can reach her at “Landscapes like Loghaven that successfully create a built environment within nature are vital as we realize the importance of connecting people to a fragile natural world.” SARA JACOBS (“Site Still Matters,” page 154) is an assistant professor of landscape architecture at the University of British Columbia. You can reach her at “Site matters are never neutral!” SARAH CHASE SHAW (“Tough Cookie,” page 192) is a Colorado-based writer and landscape designer and the author of On the Roof of the Rocky Mountains: The Botanical Legacy of Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, Vail’s Alpine Treasure. You can reach her at “Ecological field stations, such…

2 min
the inheritance

The last hours of the last day before we send each issue of this magazine to press are not holy ones. By that hour, I’ve written dozens of shockingly tin-eared headlines, and our art director, Chris McGee, has clicked and dragged images back and forth across the screen hundreds of times. The copy chief, Lisa Schultz, has checked and rechecked plant names against the plans and the USDA database. Our editorial design assistant, Emily Davidson, has adjusted the alignment of each page element over and over again, and our production editor, Leah Ghazarian, has chased down innumerable photo credits and then confirmed them, twice. We have all read every word in the issue at least five times, and we have sent something close to 400 million e-mails. The magazine in your…

3 min
reflecting ground

Sarah Sze’s site-specific sculpture, Fallen Sky, is a disappearing world that reflects our own. Constructed out of 132 pieces of mirrored stainless steel that form a circle 36 feet in diameter, the piece, the first permanent installation at Storm King Art Center since Maya Lin’s Storm King Wavefield in 2009, explores themes of entropy, fragmentation, and loss. Sze was clear with the curatorial team that the piece should feel almost like a ruin, an artifact of some other epoch, inseparable from the site itself. To achieve this effect, Sze and the curators at Storm King hired the New York City-based RKLA Studio. Nora Lawrence, the senior curator at Storm King, says the team was looking for a firm with experience in the Hudson Valley, as well as an understanding about what…

3 min
a haven for art

Despite the natural beauty of its setting, it was a stretch to imagine Loghaven as a restful creative retreat before it was purchased by the Aslan Foundation in 2008. Once a modest complex of Depression-era log cabins, home to a colorful mix of artists and unconventional types on the outskirts of Knoxville, Tennessee, it had become a derelict neighborhood of run-down, rotting structures by the mid-2000s. The foundation spent a decade planning, restoring, and building out a 100-acre artists residency, nearly five years of which were spent removing invasive species. Today the campus, situated in the historic 600-acre Civil War-era Battleground Loop overlooking the Tennessee River, is a sub-lime woodland retreat with five residency cabins, a gateway building, two exhibit galleries for visual and performing arts, and a caretaker’s cabin. While…

3 min
carbon when it counts

Along with headlines about wildfires and floods, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s report in August underscored how important it is to make dramatic cuts in greenhouse gas emissions. To do so in time, it is necessary for organizations, companies, and government entities to have a readily available, comprehensive picture of their carbon footprints. Carbon accounting software, a burgeoning technology, is designed to streamline the data-gathering process and make it easier to take action. Reno, Nevada, is among the first cities to employ these new software tools to track its emissions. Like many other cities, Reno has set targets for reducing carbon emissions across the community: 28 percent less by 2025. To help it get there, the City of Reno staff recently started to take the full measure of carbon emissions…

3 min
better edges for eels

On the northern shore of Lake Ontario, 25 miles outside Toronto, a quarter mile of once-eroding lakefront is a case study in resilient design for the Great Lakes. Although at first glance it may not look as green or vegetated—as alive—as other so-called living shorelines, the new shoreline was planned and built around the needs of multiple vulnerable wildlife species and offers vital refugia for still others. The stretch of shoreline belongs to Appleby College, a private preparatory school in Oakville, Ontario. Its largely natural shoreline was eroding at an alarming rate, battered by increased wave action caused by historically high lake levels and severed from natural replenishment cycles by shoreline hardening projects nearby. “They’d done surveying every couple of years, and in some areas, five, six meters of shoreline were…