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Landscape Architecture Magazine March 2018

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American Society of Landscape Architects
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(SABINA POOLE)RANDY GRAGG (“Extended View,” page 132) is a longtime writer and curator on architecture, landscape, and urbanism in the Pacific Northwest. He can be reached at“ What surprised me is that five public agencies, four of them devoted solely to moving people, bikes, mass transport, and autos, could all raise their eyes to the value of a view. That is extraordinary— and the kind of opportunity more cities should nurture.”(LAUREN COLTON)KYLE JOHNSON (“Drawn Together,” page 86) is an editorial/commercial photographer in Seattle. He enjoys travel and portrait work, and his aesthetic is heavily influenced by life in the Pacific Northwest. You can see more of his work on Instagram @kjphotos1022.“ I was surprised to find out how much research goes into the specific plants used in GGN’s landscape…

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At LAM, we don’t know what we don’t know. If you have a story, project, obsession, or simply an area of interest you’d like to see covered, tell us! Send it to LAM online at us on Twitter @landarchmag and on Facebook at landscapearchitecturemagazine.LAM is available in digital format through subscribe or by calling 1-888-999-ASLA. ■…

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remember the heavy lifter

We all know who provides much of the routine landscape labor in this country. It’s done by low-paid people, many of them recent immigrants. At the moment, the world of landscape contracting, the business that in large part holds up landscape architecture with mowing, trimming, blowing, raking, sweeping, digging, pruning, and watering, is being rocked by the uncertainty of newly drastic federal measures to curb immigration and deport immigrants. The unpleasant rhetoric directed openly at immigrants today (just listen to the Iowa Republican congressman Steve King, if you can stand it) represents the low boil of what has built up over two decades of continuous governmental punting on coherent immigration policy. Now it’s getting rather ugly, from the very highest levels of government on down.Owners of landscape contracting firms are…

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beyond the bog

I read with much interest Lisa Owens Viani’s article “Exit Strategy” (January) about the restoration of the Tidmarsh Farms cranberry bog in Plymouth, Massachusetts.Glorianna Davenport’s vision and transformation of her cranberry bog has met with great success, and it is a wonderful example of taking it to the next step with a public–private partnership of federal, state, and municipal entities, the private landowner, and Mass Audubon, the state’s largest nature conservation nonprofit.Once Glorianna’s Living Observatory project was under way, she and her husband sought out an organization that would be interested in purchasing the 450-plus acres to preserve the land forever as open space and align with the work of the Living Observatory. This was no small endeavor. Mass Audubon was interested in creating a new wildlife sanctuary in this…

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the landscape loses

A granary structure at Utah’s Cedar Mesa, an archaeologically sensitive site that sat within the boundary of the original Bears Ears National Monument but is left out of the revised boundary line. (JOSH EWING)Before President Trump had even signed the proclamation shrinking Bears Ears National Monument, the lawsuits were ready. Filed on behalf of several tribal coalitions, as well as Friends of Cedar Mesa, a conservation group, and the recreation company Patagonia, the various suits argue that the Antiquities Act of 1906 does not give a U.S. president the power to modify the boundaries of an existing monument—only to establish a new one. At least one requests an injunction to the downsizing plan, which reduces the monument to just 15 percent of its initial size and divides it into four…

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cultivate the highway

UGA landscape architecture student Matt Quirey works an experimental patch of perennial wheat along a Georgia right-of-way. (BRAD DAVIS, ASLA)On a mild afternoon last December, Matt Quirey could be seen tending what looked like a large vegetable plot in the middle of the Exit 6 interchange on I-85 between Montgomery and Atlanta near the Alabama state line. Casual passersby could be forgiven for thinking that the bearded Quirey, who pushed an old-fashioned weeding tool between rows of what looked like tiny corn seedlings, was a wayward farmer who had tilled up the right-of-way. Quirey is a student in the master of landscape architecture program at the University of Georgia (UGA) who is researching alternative strategies for managing roadside landscapes, which in Georgia are known primarily for a staggering number of…