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Landscape Architecture Magazine April 2017

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1 min.

MEG CALKINS, FASLA (“Hard Choices,” page 68) is a professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture at Ball State University. She’s the author of Materials for Sustainable Sites and the editor of The Sustainable Sites Handbook. You can reach her on Twitter @megcalkins. “ I had to leave fused bamboo dimensional lumber and other wood composites out in order to meet length specifications. I hope to write about them in another article soon.” MICHAEL DUMIAK (“Power Play 2050,” page 106) is based in Berlin. You can reach him on Twitter @r8lobster. “ Heading to the Rotterdam port to see the sand works, you can take the long surfer route by car (which I didn’t have), or shuttle across the channels to a drop-off point from which they recommend you bicycle to the visitor…

3 min.
old friends and new

F or all his zeal, and two whole years now as chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) might have been expected to show more sophistication in introducing a major resource bill on January 24 that he then found himself having to withdraw a little over a week later. The bill was H.R. 621, the Disposal of Excess Federal Lands Act. The title aptly conveys its spirit. It would have handed over three million acres of federal lands to several western states, an extraordinary shift of land management policy, and one long sought by no-government factionalists, especially in the West. He introduced the bill a few weeks after House Republicans, in one of their first acts of the new session of Congress, changed…

2 min.
going back to the roots

I have always been a bit skeptical of the idea of genealogy as applied to cultural endeavors, and of the implication of a distinct division between “Western” and “Eastern” thought. The juxtaposition of two articles in January’s Books section rekindled my doubt. In Julia Czerniak’s thoughtful review of Christophe Girot’s new book The Course of Landscape Architecture, we’re reminded of the familiar tropes of the forest clearing and the walled garden as the acknowledged “first landscape archetypes...of all Western landscape.” Where does this leave the Aztec landscapes such as Teotihuacán, based on direct reference to a relationship with mountains and sky? What about the Hohokam irrigation networks in the Sonoran Desert, traces of which can still be seen on Google Earth? The earthworks of the ancestral Puebloans? These are all placemaking…

3 min.
see you at the dump!

Gas Works Park might be Seattle’s most famous example of putting a park where a person least expects it, but a few blocks away, a much smaller sliver of green space builds on the tradition. On first glance, it seems like your typical neighborhood park: basketball court, playground, picnic tables, rain garden—all of it woven together with curvilinear paths and plantings. But look closer, and you’ll notice that this new park is part of a 6.5-acre trash and recycling facility. “Instead of being an eyesore or a pollution hazard, it’s really now an amenity,” says Dean Koonts, ASLA, a principal at HBB Landscape Architecture, which designed the landscape. Opened in late 2016, the North Transfer Station is one of several recent municipal infrastructure projects in Seattle that integrate public space. Among…

3 min.
beetles: partners in crime?

ASH TREES REMOVED IN CINCINNATI, 2007–2014 Having more trees in a neighborhood leads to fewer crimes. That’s a hypothesis that scientists have been trying to conclusively prove or disprove for decades. When Michelle Kondo, a social scientist with the U.S. Forest Service’s Northern Research Station, saw that the City of Cincinnati kept detailed records of where and when it removed ash trees killed by the emerald ash borer, an invasive beetle, she saw a natural experiment that might offer more proof. Kondo and her team combined the tree removal data with crime data from the Cincinnati Police Department, comparing census blocks where dead trees had been removed to census blocks where they had not. They adjusted for several factors that influence the crime rate, including poverty levels, and found that the death…

2 min.
a new program sprouts in delaware

n the 1970s, the University of Delaware was an unlikely hub of contemporary landscape architecture. Although it had no formal degree program, it offered courses in landscape design, and among the instructors was Conrad Hamerman, a close friend and colleague of Roberto Burle Marx. W. Gary Smith, FASLA, a student at the university at the time, recalls Burle Marx’s visiting their design studios and giving them critiques. Other times, it was Buckminster Fuller and Isamu Noguchi. “[It] was this incredibly rich environment,” Smith says. “And then it never really developed into an accredited program.” Forty years later, the university welcomed its first class of landscape architecture majors, the first of whom will graduate in spring 2018. Housed in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, the program grew out of an…