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Landscape Architecture Magazine November 2018

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United States
American Society of Landscape Architects
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(STEPHEN VOSS)ELIZABETH DONOFF (“Lighting from the Inside Out,” page 38) is an editor who writes about architecture, lighting, and design-related topics. You can follow her on Twitter @ElizabethDonoff.“The lines between architecture, landscape, and lighting continue to blur. As a result, I think we’ll see even more products, especially light fixtures, which allow designers, no matter their discipline, to collaborate and make informed lighting decisions.”(PHIL ARNOLD)JUSTIN PARSCHER, AFFILIATE ASLA, (“Where Credit’s Due,” page 134) is an assistant professor of practice at the Ohio State University. You can find him on Instagram @rhymepaysage.“Telling a more inclusive history isn’t just about going back and correcting the record—it also helps us act on underrepresentation and wage gaps in the here and now.”GOT A STORY?At LAM, we don’t know what we don’t know. If you…

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what are you looking at?

I speak from the heart, and this month, it’s about something I even more important to landscape architecture than politics: drawings—the wonderful drawings designers make to build their projects. You love drawings. We love drawings. They’re the sheet music to sites. When Mildred Schmertz, the famed former editor of Architectural Record, died earlier this year, I recalled a phone conversation she and I had when I was a newbie at Architecture magazine. She said: “Drawings, drawings, drawings. You can never give readers enough drawings.”When we look at drawings here at the magazine, and we are greedy about hauling them in from offices, we want to have it all ways in service to you, the reader. We want scope. We also want detail. These two imperatives duke it out for the…

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listening in

Andropogon used digital meters to record the sound levels in various parts of Avalon Park. (ANDROPOGON)Though slowly gaining attention within the profession, sound remains an underexplored element in landscape architecture. Part of the challenge, says Emily McCoy, ASLA, the director of integrative research at Andropogon, is that there are no go-to models that can sufficiently capture the impact of sound in the environment. So for the master plan of Shield Ranch, a 6,800-acre property outside Austin, Texas—the recipient of a 2018 ASLA Professional Honor Award in the Analysis and Planning category—Andropogon developed its own soundscape model.The landscape architects had been charged with siting a trail system, as well as several buildings, including a retreat center and the offices of the family’s foundation. They wanted to ensure that the nature trails…

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take me to the river

Installed in 2017, a new stair restores a historically significant path from Canada’s Parliament down to the Ottawa River. (CIVITAS GROUP) For tourists coming to Ottawa, Parliament Hill is an obligatory stop. The textbook-worthy neo-Gothic architecture forms the backdrop of many a selfie shot in the Canadian capital. But the tour bus bound hordes have been missing out on something equally spectacular: a limestone escarpment behind the spires that plunges 140 feet through rugged forest to the churning Ottawa River below.Visitors now have the opportunity to depart the paved political landscape and enter a cool, shaded space that reveals a different history. A new staircase that switchbacks down the slope was installed in the summer of 2017. Designed by the Ottawa office of Civitas Group, it is the first significant…

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law of the land

The debate over who gets to decide what pesticide use is appropriate has been accelerating over the past few years. Earlier this year, a storm of legal actions highlighted the pivotal role that states have begun to play in regulating pesticides as the federal government turns its back on the role and municipal governments are blocked by state laws and court rulings.In March 2018, an Arkansas judge dismissed the agricultural industry giant Monsanto’s lawsuit against the state’s new regulation of the pesticide dicamba. In 2017, the state restricted the spraying of dicamba to the cooler months of the year, since in the warmer months dicamba can drift to fields with crops that are not genetically modified to resist it. Such drifting caused 3.1 million acres of crop damage in…

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oakland replay

Oakland’s Mid-Century Monster, fenced off and in need of restoration. The play sculpture will reopen late this year. (COURTESY PAGE & TURNBULL)Guiding the transition of San Francisco’s Presidio from military base to national park may be the standout accomplishment of the landscape architect and parks administrator William Penn Mott Jr., who assumed the helm of the U.S. National Park Service in 1985, but it’s a little “monster” from early in Mott’s career that has received renewed attention.In 1952, when Mott was parks superintendent for the city of Oakland, he commissioned the artist Robert “Bob” Winston to create a unique play structure on the sandy banks of Lake Merritt. Sculptural and organic, the chartreuse green piece was known as the Mid-Century Monster. It was one of the first designs in the…